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|2012 Nov Member Spotlight PCalle|
Paul Calle inducted as President of AAZV at Annual Conference
Via technology and in the presence of the membership of AAZV, Paul Calle was inducted as President of AAZV for the 2012-2013 year. Paul is this month's member spotlight.
Paul Calle’s interest in science and the natural world let him to a career as a zoo veterinarian as a way to combine those two interests, and further the conservation of our world’s vanishing species and wild places. During vet school he participated in zoo, wildlife, aquatic, and exotic animal programs at the University of Pennsylvania; the National, Philadelphia, and San Diego Zoos; and the Aquavet program. These culminated in internships at the Animal Medical Center and the San Diego Zoo, followed by jobs at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) where he is the Chief Veterinarian based at the Bronx Zoo.
In addition to zoo and aquarium work, the most rewarding part of his career has been contributing his expertise to field conservation projects. Of greatest interest have been those focused on reptile recovery programs such as those conducted by WCS, the Turtle Survival Alliance, and the IUCN Iguana Specialist Group, such as that for the critically endangered Grand Cayman iguana. Paul is pictured here examining an iguana at the breeding facility on the island.
Photo courtesy of © Julie Larsen Maher, WCS
Leigh Clayton, Director of Animal Health at the National Aquarium, speaks about being an aquarium veterinarian. Listen to the PODCAST.