Calgary, Alberta - Dr. Doug Whiteside, the zoo’s senior veterinarian, was announced as the new Senior Manager of Animal Health earlier today by the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, following Dr. Sandie Black’s retirement earlier this year.
“For more than 20-years, Doug has played a key role in the care of the animals and the important conservation work at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo,” said Jamie Dorgan, Director of Animal Care, Health and Welfare for the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. “Our community and the global conservation community will be well served by Doug’s leadership in this expanded role.”
Dr. Doug has a lifelong love of animals and wild spaces, cultivated by growing up in rural Ontario and by his nature loving mother. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College and completed a zoological medicine internship at the Louisville Zoo and a zoo and wildlife medicine and pathology residency at the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Veterinary College prior to joining the Calgary Zoo in 2001. Doug is a board-certified specialist in zoological medicine by the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine. He is a strong advocate for animal welfare and serves on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee.
“As much as I love zoo medicine and am humbled by the incredible variety of species that I get to work with, the most rewarding part of my job is the amazing teammates and other people I get to work with at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo,” said Dr. Doug Whiteside, Senior Manager of Animal Health at Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. “I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities for further growth in my new role; serving and supporting the veterinary and animal care team, and actively contributing to the success of the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo both locally and globally.
In addition to his role at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, Dr. Whiteside is an associate professor of conservation medicine at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine where he teaches the next generation of veterinarians. He says this “keeps him on his toes” as he instructs them in lectures and labs, or during zoo medicine rotations in their final year of veterinary school. He also is passionate about contributing to science; his collaborative research projects focus on bridging knowledge gaps between free living wildlife and those under human care to further conservation success and advance animal welfare. He is a frequent presenter at international conferences about veterinary and conservation topics and is well-published in scientific journals and textbooks.
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