Kirsten Gilardi, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Kirsten Gilardi portrait

Co-Director, Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center
Director, Gorilla Doctors
Associate Director, One Health Institute


Kirsten Gilardi is Co-Director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center (WHC) and a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology. She earned her DVM at UC Davis in 1993, completed a 3-year residency at the California National Primate Research Center and joined the staff of the WHC in 1998. She was board-certified by the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2001. She started the WHC’s SeaDoc Society in 2000 and its California Lost Fishing Gear Project in 2006, was a co-Director of the Envirovet Summer institute from 2000 - 2010, and since 2009 has served as a co-director of Gorilla Doctors, a partnership between the WHC and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. She is a past President of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, and was honored to receive the Emil P. Dolensek Award from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians in 2015.

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