HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center

HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center

Veterinary Center Now Open!

Nashville Zoo’s new 23,677-square-foot Veterinary Center replaces a 30-year-old facility originally designed for a much smaller wildlife park housing indigenous species versus the exotic animals that now call the Zoo home.

The level of care we’ve always provided our animals is now matched by a state-of-the-art facility that is designed to promote the health and safety of our animals, all while educating our guests about animal care, conservation and research.

What You Can See

Here's the veterinary center schedule for the next two days:

Check out our veterinarians' Twitter account for the latest updates!

Make Your Mark

Celebrate your family's love of the Zoo and help lay the path to the Zoo’s future by purchasing a custom brick or paver. Personalized with your custom text, the engraved bricks will be placed along the walkway to the new HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center.

Purchase your engraved brick

Take a look at the new facility!

A Destination for Guests

Guests will now be able to see firsthand the incredible care our animals receive.

The Veterinary Center is a destination for Zoo visitors to discover firsthand how animal care is delivered. A covered observation deck, featuring tiered seating, allows up to 200 people to witness surgeries and other procedures as they occur. The treatment rooms feature cameras connected to monitors on the observation deck, providing guests with an even closer view of our top-notch animal care. Additional viewing windows look into the animal nursery rooms where guests can watch feedings and the care of the Zoo's newest additions.

Docents, keepers and veterinary technicians will join visitors on the observation deck each day to answer questions and explain the animal care guests are witnessing.

Adjacent to the main lobby, a large classroom, conference room and multi-functional spaces will attract a variety of community groups. These areas will also provide a location for education programs, revenue-generating special events and after-hours programming.

Guests looking through glass into the veterinary center


Public traffic is separated from back-of-house functions to enable staff to perform daily tasks and to ensure animal, staff and visitor safety. In addition to features designed to minimize animals' travel times and anxiety levels during transport, treatment and holding areas also incorporate daylighting to help preserve animals’ natural circadian rhythm throughout treatment.

The hospital features a push alley (permitting animals to walk themselves to the treatment room), induction stall (allowing anesthesia to be administered remotely) and electric lift, all of which promote animal and staff safety.

While designing the new facility, Zoo staff traveled to 13 different zoos, pulling together the best technology and design ideas to create this animal health center.

In addition to upgraded medical equipment, remote-controlled lighting, cameras and other modern features, the facility is LEED Silver certified for sustainable building design and

Building Features

  • Observation deck
  • Surgery room
  • Two treatment rooms
  • Animal ICU
  • Nursery & Incubation
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Holding areas
  • Induction stall
  • Staff sleep rooms
  • Staff locker room
  • Offices
  • Conference room
The outside of the vet center


All About Animals LLC
Janie and Brandon Busbee
Kelly and Richard Crook
Agneta and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.
Anne Davis and Karl Dean
Earl Swensson Associates

Laurie and Steven Eskind
Kerry Foth
The Frist Foundation
Joel and Bernice Gordon
Haslam Family Foundation
Haslam 3 Foundation

HCA Healthcare
Jim and Sally Hunt & The Hunt Family Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Lisa and David L. Manning
The Memorial Foundation
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

Elizabeth and Larry Papel
Pilot Flying J
Patti and Brian Smallwood
Leah and Jim Sohr Family Foundation
Scott and Lyn Sohr
Cal Turner Family Foundation
Jim and Becky Webb