Wesley Siniard, D.V.M.

Steel Endowed Pathology Resident

Dr. Wesley Siniard serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Steel Endowed Pathology Resident in Disease Investigations. As a trainee in this position, she provides diagnostic pathology services for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park collections as well as native wildlife species. Under the guidance of board-certified pathologists, she evaluates submissions from biopsy, cytology, and necropsy services and collaborates with clinical and curatorial staff in an effort to better understand and improve the health and management of the zoological collection.

During her residency, Wesley has been involved in investigating esophageal lesions in captive naked mole rat populations, as well as in investigating immunohistochemical analysis of pigment cell tumors in teleost species.

Wesley earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. After this, she completed two years of pathology residency training at the University of California, Davis before transferring to San Diego Zoo Global to complete her residency. She is broadly interested in infectious diseases in zoo and wildlife populations, with a particular interest in aquatic species and conservation.