Adam Michel, M.V.Sc., D.M.V.

Steel Endowed Pathology Resident

Dr. Adam Michel serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Steel Endowed Pathology Resident in Disease Investigations. As a trainee in this position, he provides diagnostic pathology services for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park collections, as well as other native wildlife species.

Under the guidance of board-certified pathologists, Adam evaluates submissions from the biopsy, cytology, and necropsy services and discusses his findings with clinical and curatorial staff in an effort to better understand and improve the health and management of the zoological collection. His research interests focus around the dynamics and pathology of disease at the interface between wildlife, domestic animals, and humans.

Adam earned his masters in veterinary sciences and doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Bern in Switzerland, where his doctoral thesis focused on an outbreak of Babesiosis in Alpine chamois. After his veterinary training, he worked as a field veterinarian in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He recently completed the first two years of his anatomic pathology residency at the UC Davis veterinary medical teaching hospital.