ZIMS for Medical Training 

This course will introduce the concepts and best practices for using the Medical module within ZIMS. It will cover both data entry and data retrieval. Attendees will learn how to navigate around the Medical module, input data into the 8 sections as well how to utilise the various reports and tools within the programme to aid data extraction and analysis.


  • Rachel Thompson, DVM, DECZM (ZHM), CSPO. Dr. Thompson was formerly with the Minnesota Zoo, United States. Currently, Product Owner, ZIMS for Medical, Species360. Rachel used ZIMS for Medical in her veterinary work at Minnesota Zoo and has taught ZIMS for Medical courses for nearly a decade.
  • Alicia Hahn, DVM, DACZM. Dr. Hahn is currently a Product Analyst, ZIMS for Medical, Species360. She has previous experience as a zoo vet at Phoenix Zoo, Pittsburgh Zoo, PPG Aquarium and Oklahoma Zoo

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of storing medical data
  2. Input medical data into each of the eight ZIMS for Medical modules
  3. Understand how the dictionaries work and be able to input your own entries
  4. Utilise the reports within ZIMS for Medical
  5. Add drugs to the pharmacy inventory
  6. Use the global tools using the shared data in the ZIMS application


  • Basic navigation, searches, the dictionary and calendar
  • Assigning medical roles
  • Links between ZIMS for Husbandry and ZIMS for Medical
  • Data entry and the dashboard
  • Local Reports and Tools
  • ZIMS Global Resources


You will be completing data entry exercises with the help of the instructor. You will then be given some exercises to complete on your own. You will be given limited time access to a ZIMS training environment to continue your practice.

Additional information

The course will consist of multiple shorter sessions, which will be
Zoom meetings taking place in the afternoon (European timezone)

The course will have three teaching sessions, plus there will be an additional open session focused on veterinary advisors.



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