Michael Ziccardi, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Michael Ziccardi portrait

Co-Director, Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center
Director, Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Associate Director, One Health Institute


Michael Ziccardi has been a part of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center (WHC) since its inception – first as a graduate student, then as staff, and now as its Co-Director. He received his DVM, as well as his masters and doctorate in epidemiology, from UC Davis. Since 1996, Michael has acted as an oil spill response veterinarian and oiled wildlife response director during more than 50 spills nationally and internationally – most notably as the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Group Supervisor for NOAA during the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. He has worked as a Contract Veterinarian for the California Department of Fish and Game/Wildlife, a Research Epidemiologist for the Lincoln Park Zoo, and as both a Program Coordinator and Senior Wildlife Veterinarian for the WHC. Currently, in addition to being the Co-Director of the WHC, he is Director for California’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) as well as a Health Science Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology.

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