Wildlife Disease Laboratories

The Wildlife Disease Laboratories are the diagnostic specialty group for San Diego Zoo Global. Their goal is to help remove disease as a roadblock to conservation. The group consists of four laboratories (pathology, molecular diagnostics, epidemiology, and histology) that function as a unit to solve animal health problems.

Together, the Wildlife Disease Laboratories carry out disease surveillance efforts, diagnostic test development, targeted research, and outbreak investigations for the animals at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and those in our field conservation programs. In addition to these diagnostic service and research functions, they offer several postdoctoral training programs in pathology, such as the Jane and Marshall Steel pathology residency and fellowship programs.

Wildlife Disease Laboratories Staff

  • Bruce Rideout, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, A.C.V.P., Director of Wildlife Disease Laboratories
  • Rebecca Papendick, D.V.M., Diplomate, A.C.V.P., Senior Scientist
  • Allan Pessier, D.V.M., Diplomate, A.C.V.P., Senior Scientist
  • Ilse Stalis, D.V.M., Diplomate, A.C.V.P., Senior Scientist
  • Josephine Braun, D.V.M., Dr. med. vet., Scientist
  • Jennifer Bernard, Pathology Fellow
  • Carmel Witte, M.S., Researcher
  • Yvonne Cates, HT (ASCP), Research Coordinator
  • April Gorow, Research Coordinator
  • Jennifer Burchell, M.S.,  Research Coordinator
  • Karen Good, Research Technician
  • Megan Varney, Research Technician
  • Asa Preston, M.S., Research Technician
  • Rachael Holland, Research Technician
  • Mark Forror, Senior Building and Grounds Attendant
  • Jamie Koyama, Senior Administrative Assistant


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