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OYS Champions: Jimmy Johnson, Columbus Zoo veterinarian

After an out of state residency, Jimmy Johnson came back and got a full time job as a Columbus Zoo Veterinarian. (WSYX/WTTE)

We are wrapping up our On Your Side Champions series on some of the wonderful folks that make the Columbus Zoo so wonderful with one of the Zoo’s veterinarians who literally grew up at the Zoo.

Jimmy Johnson started coming to the Zoo when he was a child. When he was in high school he got a seasonal job working in concessions and other departments. He was so inspired he would study zoo books before going to work and on his lunch breaks he would challenge himself to know more about the animals than was on the signs at the exhibits. He worked at the Zoo through college and then Vet school at Ohio State.

After an out of state residency came back and got a full time job as a Zoo Veterinarian. Jimmy had a dream to one day take care of the animals at the zoo, and he made it happen.

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