SAN DIEGO ZOO ESCORT
Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith, Associate Director, Veterinary Services
A fascination with animal diversity and their adaptations for survival led Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith to study zoology as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech and work as a volunteer zoo keeper at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. during her summers. Following graduation she spent 3 months in Panama working with the Smithsonian Tropical Institute studying bats on Barro Colorado Island. These experiences culminated in Meg pursuing a career in zoological medicine, and she received her D.V.M. degree from North Carolina State University in 1989. Following an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, she started her residency in zoological medicine at the San Diego Zoo. Twenty-seven years later Meg is the Director of Veterinary Services for the San Diego Zoo. In addition to providing veterinary care for the Zoo’s diverse collection, she has had the pleasure of working with giant pandas in China, Chacoan peccaries in Paraguay, and Andean bears in Peru during her career. Meg also traveled to the Galápagos Islands this past December to participate in a workshop on developing a wildlife health plan for the Galapagos Islands.
Dr. Sutherland-Smith also has a passion for water sports in both liquid and frozen forms! She enjoys downhill skiing, open water swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving. In addition, she likes to tinker in the kitchen.
Meg’s enthusiasm and diverse background will add to the inspiration provided by the Galápagos Islands. She looks forward to traveling with a group who shares an appreciation of our natural world.