Zoo Vet



Kids heal animals in a virtual zoo.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Some blood shown when use scalpel.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an excellent veterinarian simulation, but it's not appropriate for kids who are squeamish about blood and animal stools.

What's it about?

ZOO VET from Legacy Interactive is a compelling computer simulation that teaches about healing sick zoo animals. Players become veterinarians at a zoo. Using more than 30 realistic medical tools, kids examine 25 species in 30 hands-on scenarios. In one, they will heal an otter that is spitting out food, and in another, they'll discover why a polar bear has become lethargic.

In a short video sequence, the concerned zookeeper briefs the player; the program offers hints and suggestions of how to examine and then treat each ailment, with more direction being offered on the easiest of three levels of difficulty. For example, faced with a rhino that has loose stools, the player will be directed to use the magnifying glass to look at the stool and then use a stool sample kit. When worms are discovered in the stool, the player learns to medicate the rhino's feed. The zoo's head veterinarian mentors the player and critiques each case.

Is it any good?


Kids who are squeamish about blood might not like the few scenarios that involve using a scalpel to cut skin. While the blood doesn't ooze, the inside of the cut looks realistic. This easy-to-play simulation provides a hands-on way of teaching children about zoo animal illnesses and how to make sick animals well.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about caring for animals. What does it take to be a responsible animal owner/caretaker? Does the fact that the animals in this game (and in real life!) can't talk make it harder to figure out what's wrong?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Legacy Interactive
Release date:April 1, 2005
ESRB rating:E

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old January 10, 2010

Very Educational and Fun!

I love this game! I play it all the time and get lots of education on being a doctor too! I want to be a vet for zoos now when I grow up!
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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Zoo Vet is a good game for aspiring vets

A pretty appropriate game for kids. Zoo Vet does have a little blood, and the surgery sort of scared my brother. Other than That Zoo Vet is a good game for aspiring vets!


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