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Keith D. Amass DVM

Dr. Keith Amass

Dr. Keith Amass received his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 from the University of Florida.  In 1989 he founded Safe-Capture International, Inc. a private company providing field capture, consultation, and educational seminars on anesthesia and chemical immobilization of wildlife, feral domestics, and exotic species.  This company is the largest trainer of professionals in Chemical Immobilization worldwide.  Safe-Capture has provided training to well over 13,000 professionals in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada.  Keith has been an invited guest speaker on Chemical Immobilization at the following Veterinary Medical Schools:  Cornell University, University of Georgia, Tuft’s University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana State University, as well as the Beijing Biodiversity Center and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  He is considered to be one of the most field experienced immobilization specialists in North America.



Dr. Mark Drew

Dr. Mark Drew received his Masters in Zoology from the University of Edmonton in Alberta, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 from the University of Minnesota.  After 6 years teaching Exotic Animal Medicine and Reproduction at Texas A&M University, Mark now serves as the State Wildlife Veterinarian for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  Mark is also a Diplomate and current President of the American College of Zoological Medicine.


Kenneth Waldrup DVM PhD

Dr. Mark Drew

Dr. Kenneth Waldrup completed his BS (Microbiology) in 1976, his MS (Veterinary Parasitology) in 1980 and his DVM in 1983, all from Oklahoma State University.  Ken received his PhD (Veterinary Medical Science) from Texas A&M University in 1991, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Invermay Agricultural Centre near Dunedin, New Zealand (working with farmed deer anesthesia and reproduction, as well as wildlife diseases).  He has served as CWD program supervisor with the Texas Animal Health Commission, and is currently Regional Zoonoses Control Veterinarian with the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Douglas Armstrong DVM

Dr. Mark Drew

Dr. Doug Armstrong is a 1980 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. After an Internship at Cornell University, he worked for the Minnesota Zoo, then the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska where he has been for the last 25+ years. Doug has traveled worldwide, working with both free ranging and captive species in South Africa, Nepal, Russia, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, China, the Philippines and Thailand.  He is currently the Director of Animal Health at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.


Curtis Eng DVM

Dr. Mark Drew

Dr. Eng received his DVM from Purdue University in 1988. After completing a Research Fellowship at the NIH Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood, Curtis was the Attending Veterinarian for the Primate Foundation in Mesa, Arizona.  Dr. Eng is now Director of Health Services at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Clinical Associate Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, and the manager of the California Condor Program.


Patrick Morris DVM DACZM

Dr. Patrick Morris

Dr. Pat Morris received his BS in Zoology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California-Davis in 1979 and 1983 respectively.  Dr. Morris completed his Residency in Zoo Medicine at the Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and the Knoxville Zoo in 1986, and served there as Assistant Professor of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine until 1990.  Since 1991, Pat has been with the San Diego Zoo as Associate Veterinarian, Senior Veterinarian, and since 2000, the Associate Director of Veterinary Services.  He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine.



Dr. Jan Ramer

Dr. Jan Ramer is the Associate Veterinarian for the Indianapolis Zoo.  She served as the Regional Veterinary Manager for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine.


Carol Emerson DVM DACLAM

Dr. Carol Emerson

Dr. Carol Emerson received her DVM from Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979.  She was in private practice specializing in exotic animals and then worked for the Oklahoma State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington.  Carol is a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine with a special interest in nonhuman primate medicine.  She has worked for Washington Regional Primate Research Center, University of Miami, and the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center and has over 16 years of experience working with nonhuman primates particularly old world monkeys.  Carol is now Interim Director of Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.




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