Megan Jones, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Dr. Megan Jones serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Senior Scientist in Disease Investigations. In this role, she works as a wildlife pathologist, conducting and coordinating disease investigations in support of San Diego Zoo Global’s field conservation programs. Although her primary focus is the health of free-ranging wildlife, she also works in the diagnostic pathology laboratory to provide diagnostic support to San Diego Zoo Global’s animal collection.

Megan is involved with international capacity building efforts to train veterinarians and other animal health professionals about veterinary pathology and the importance of disease surveillance for conservation. Most recently, she implemented a pathology training workshop for giant panda conservation in China. She is particularly interested in infectious diseases and their potential impacts on wildlife populations.

Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of King’s College, Dalhousie University, Canada, with a focus on ecology. She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She completed her first two years of residency training in anatomic pathology at the University of California, Davis, and her third year in Disease Investigations, where she was the Steel Endowed Pathology Resident. After completing a two-year amphibian pathology fellowship in the Amphibian Disease Laboratory, she earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, working in the Viral Special Pathogens Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Megan is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and a member of several professional organizations, including the Wildlife Disease Association and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

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