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Joe Greathouse

Assistant Professor of Biology

West Liberty State College

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West Liberty State College

208 University Dr

West Liberty, West Virginia,26074

United States

Company Description

West Liberty University is located in the serene mountains of West Virginia's northern panhandle, yet only an hour from Pittsburgh, Pa., and two hours from Columbus, Ohio. Oglebay Resort and Conference Center is a local attraction just five miles from campus f...more

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Employment History

Curator of Animals

Oglebay Resort & Conference Center


Curator

Animals


West Liberty University Assistant Biology Professor, Taught Zoo Animal Classes

West Virginia University


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Special Events at the Good Zoo

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Dr. Joe Greathouse, assistant professor of biology at West Liberty University and former curator at the Good Zoo, says, "We are proud to host one of only four zoo science bachelor degree majors in the United States at West Liberty and to collaborate with one of the top zoological institutions in the country.


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WHEELING - Oglebay's Good Zoo has a new man in charge, as it welcomes Joe Greathouse to its team as zoo director.
"Joe is the right person to lead and oversee Oglebay's Good Zoo," said Stephen Hilliard, Wheeling Park Commission CEO. ANIMALS - Joe Greathouse, the newly named director of Oglebay's Good Zoo, is shown with some of the kangaroos at the zoo. -- Contributed Greathouse's previous work experience also includes serving as director of conservation science and wildlife ecology at The Wilds and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and as an instructor of zoo science and exotic animal medicine at West Virginia University. "I hope to assist in supporting the vision of the Good Zoo by continuing the operation of a financially strong and well respected zoological institution," Greathouse said. "There are some exciting new opportunities happening at the zoo and I am thankful to be a part of the team." In addition to accepting the position at the Good Zoo, Greathouse also serves as assistant professor of biology at West Liberty University. There, Greathouse assisted with the creation of a new zoo science major which is the first of its kind in West Virginia. The program is a partnership between Oglebay's Good Zoo and West Liberty University and will offer students hands-on curriculum in animal care beginning this fall. Graduates of the program will earn a bachelor of science degree in biology and will be prepared to work at any of the 230 zoos in the United States accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Greathouse holds a bachelor of science degree in biology, a master's degree in wildlife and fisheries resources management, and a doctorate in animal and nutrition sciences.


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Joe Greathouse, assistant professor of biology at West Liberty University, shows WLU student Katie Scott how to handle a hawk at Oglebay's Good Zoo in Wheeling. -- Contributed
The Zoo Science Program, a collaboration between West Liberty and Oglebay's Good Zoo in Wheeling, is the result of years of preparation by Greathouse and is one of only four such programs in the country. The degree program was announced in January and is accepting applicants for the fall semester. "One of the biggest challenges in hiring a new zoo keeper (is that) when students graduate with a typical biology or zoology degree, they don't have any applied animal handling or care skills," Greathouse said. "Our program aims to give those students at least six months' hands-on and classroom experience that's directly aimed at training them to handle animals in a zoo setting." Graduates of the new four-year program will earn a bachelor's degree in biology, with a zoo science major, and will be prepared to work in the field of accredited zoo and aquarium management, he said. In addition to their classroom work, students will do a 10-week summer internship at an accredited zoo between their sophomore and junior year, and will complete two semesters interning at the Good Zoo, where Greathouse once supervised interns. The only West Virginia zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Good Zoo is home to 70 species, including 22 that are rare or endangered. It was while working there as animal curator from 2002 to 2012 that Greathouse, 40, began brainstorming about a program in West Virginia that would do a better job of preparing students for animal-related careers - using the strengths of a local zoo. "It was something we were looking at doing years ago, when I was at the Good Zoo, but we just couldn't bring it together," he said. Hargleroad credited Greathouse for being the spark behind the collaboration. Greathouse and his brother, Cory, grew up enjoying being around animals through the influence of their parents, Bill and Sally Greathouse.


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Joe Greathouse, an assistant professor of biology at WLU who designed the program, interned at the Good Zoo in 1998, and worked his way through several animal and conservation jobs.
He's seen the benefits of pursuing such a career, and he believes the new program will offer students an experience unlike others because of the partnership with Oglebay. He said the major doesn't have to lead to a career in zoos, but would be a good entry point for someone interested in veterinary work, wildlife rehabilitation or biological research.


Ugly, Scary and Completely Harmless « Windstar Wildlife Institute

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Joe Greathouse, curator of animals at Oglebay's Good Zoo in Wheeling, WV, has been studying and conducting a census of hellbenders in West Virginia since 2005.
He has learned that they don't wander far from home and seem unable to cross stretches of silty stream bottoms.


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