About Mitchell Bush, DVM

Mitchell Bush, DVM
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Smithsonian National Zoological Park: Washington, D.C.

Senior Veterinarian Emeritus

Dr. Mitch Bush performed his first zoo case at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston where he treated an impala with a dangling leg fracture. After graduating from vet school he taught at John Hopkins and did pathology for the Baltimore Zoo. He spent a lot of his free time at the zoo donating his services. He was approached by Clint Gray, head veterinarian at the National Zoo, to apply for veterinarian position there.

Dr. Bush started working at the National Zoo just at the time President Nixon announced the giant pandas were coming from China to the National Zoo. This was Dr. Bush’s first experience on such a critical and highly visible situation. Both Pandas had physical problems but Dr. Bush was able to handle this highly charged situation with the media and the country looking over his shoulder. He advanced the treatment and care of the zoo animals. Dr. Bush worked for the National zoo for over 40 years.