ASHEBORO, N.C. News — The North Carolina Zoo began vaccinating its animals against COVID-19 this week, according to a Facebook post on the NC Zoo’s page Friday morning.
The NC Zoo was set to receive its first shipment of the Zoetis vaccine in late July or early August and a second shipment was scheduled for September. Officials didn’t say if there was a delay in receiving the vaccines or if they just waited a few months before administering them.
According to Zoetis, the United States Department of Agriculture and appropriate state veterinarians authorized the COVID-19 vaccine for experimental use with animals on a case-by-case basis.
In July, Zoetis began donating doses with a plan to donate more than 11,000 doses to facilities across 27 states.
The North Carolina Zoo is one of about 70 zoos to benefit from the donations.
“Zoetis has a long history of supporting zoo veterinarians and the animals in their care,” Mike McFarland, the chief medical officer at Zoetis, said. “We are proud that our innovative research and development work and vaccine donations can help veterinary professionals within the zoo community continue to provide a high standard of care to the primates, big cats and many other species they care for and reduce the risk of COVID-19.”