The following 8 veterinarians became new Diplomates of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) in September 2012:
Dr. Eric T. Anderson, Crossville, Tennessee
Dr. Carol M. Bradford, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dr. Catherine A. Hadfield, Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Natalie H. Hall, Yulee, Florida
Dr. Stephanie McCain, Birmingham, Alabama
Dr. Timothy Portas, Maleny, Queensland, Australia
Dr. Elizabeth M. Stringer, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Sandra Wenger, Zurich, Switzerland
In order to become an ACZM Diplomate, one must have several years of professional experience in zoological medicine, be the primary author on at least 5 peer-reviewed publications, and successfully complete a two-day examination. A qualifying examination occurs on the first day, which includes the medicine of invertebrate, fish, avian, mammalian, amphibian and reptilian species. Candidates who pass the qualifying examination may take the certifying examination on a following day, in one of the following focus subjects: general zoo, zoological companion animal, wildlife, or aquatic species. Successful candidates for Diplomate status must pass both the qualifying and certifying examinations.
Established in 1983, the American College of Zoological Medicine is an international specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association for certification of veterinarians with special expertise in zoological medicine. The ACZM is responsible for establishing training requirements, evaluating and accrediting training programs, and examining and certifying veterinarians in the veterinary specialty of zoological medicine. ACZM Diplomates serve in responsible positions as clinical veterinarians, teachers, researchers, government officials, and administrators of other relevant programs fostering high quality medical care for non-domestic animals, and are actively involved in the discovery of new knowledge in the discipline and the dissemination of this knowledge to the veterinary profession and public.
Anneke Moresco spent the last year doing post doctoral work at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Anneke and colleagues participated in a conservation and reproduction project for the black-footed cat in South Africa. See the spotlight HERE. Photo credit Dr. Alex Sliwa (curator at the Cologne zoo)