According to Zoo vet Mike O’Reilly, vets earn $40,000 to 44,000 a year.
They don’t get paid for caring for the animals either. As a condition of their contract, zoo vets have certain work privileges.
“They have to be available in case there is an emergency like a pooch bite and they have to be available to care for that,” O’Reilly said. “Because there is a lot of work to do and they don’t want to take off work while they’re caring for a pet.”
As a result, zoo veterinarian Dr. Richard O’Connor told ABC News he is paid less than his counterparts in the medical world.
“It’s not because I don’t believe in vet work,” he said.
O’Connor said he feels the public understands the importance of vets who can actually help the animals. A number of animal charities have recently raised money online to help vets travel to exotic locations.
“When something like this happens it is going to be people who are less familiar with the animals and I think it is important that the public is aware of what we do and what we do for them, so the general public can be more informed of the need for veterinary care,” O’Connor told ABC News.
In total, the animal rights group The Humane Society of the United States is trying to set up a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the expenses incurred by the vet who was bitten on that hot July day. The cause has already raised $11,000.
“He probably deserves it,” the fundraiser’s website reads. The reward for finding the pooch’s owners is the same $35,000 reward for helping with the rescue of three other rescued dogs that have been attacked.
“Animal lovers everywhere have the power to stop this from happening to any other pet owners as well,” the website reads.
“If you are interested in donating, please visit www.petrenegotied.org.”
ABC News’ Andrew Blankstein contributed to this report.
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