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 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.  Later, he became veterinarian at the National Zoo just at the time President Nixon announced two giant pandas were coming from China to the United States.  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 worked at the National zoo for over 40 years, and continued his career with positions at facilities in Thailand and Australia.