Bruce Rideout, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Director of Disease Investigations

Dr. Bruce Rideout serves San Diego Zoo Global as Director of Disease Investigations. He oversees five labs – Wildlife Pathology, Histology, Molecular Diagnostics, Epidemiology, and Amphibian Disease – which function as a unit to carry out disease investigations for San Diego Zoo Global’s animal collections and field conservation programs. His primary research interests include infectious diseases of birds, avian embryonic and neonatal pathology as it relates to propagation for recovery programs, population dynamics of infectious disease, and disease risk assessments for translocation and reintroduction programs.

Bruce participates in recovery programs for California condors, San Clemente loggerhead shrikes, Hawaiian forest birds, and desert tortoises. He a member of the IUCN Conservation Breeding Specialist Group and advises the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plans for giant pandas and California and Andean condors, as well as the Global Management Plan for the blue-crowned laughingthrush. He has also served on several National Research Council committees and chaired the NRC committee on the diagnosis and control of Johne’s disease in ruminants.

Bruce completed undergraduate studies in Chemistry at University of California, San Diego, and earned his veterinary medical degree from University of California, Davis. After completing a pathology residency at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, he returned to U.C. Davis, where he earned his doctorate in Comparative Pathology studying effects of retroviruses on the immune system. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology, an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University, and a Research Fellow of The Peregrine Fund. His work has been recognized with presidential service awards from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and the Samuel Thompson lectureship award from the Charles Louis Davis Foundation. In his spare time, he records and studies bird songs and calls and spends as much time as possible at sea pursuing his passion for seabirds.

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