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Alumni in the spotlight: Jan Ramer


Jan Ramer Alumni '78

Upon completion of her Biological Sciences degree from Purdue in 1978, Jan Ramer went onto the University of Wisconsin to earn her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. These degrees have opened many doors; animal keeper and later on associate veterinarian that the Indianapolis Zoo, Primate Department at the Brookfield Zoo, instructor at University of Wisconsin as well as others. Currently, Dr. Ramer is half way through a position in Central Africa with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. As Regional Manager for this project, Jan manages seven veterinarians in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda and fifteen lay people, also known as guards and orphan gorilla caretakers and facilitates the growing human health program in the area. We wish Dr. Ramer the best as she continues in the position and upon her return to the Indianapolis Zoo in July of 2011. For more information on Dr. Jan Ramer and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project please visit

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