Kat Reed


Veterinary Clinical Fellow
Veterinary Services
San Diego Zoo Veterinary Services

Email: kreed@sdzwa.org

Phone: 619-231-1515 x3933

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Kat Reed was born in Colorado and worked as a marine mammal trainer, aquarist, and zookeeper before moving to Australia to get her DVM at the University of Melbourne. After completing her rotating internship in the US, she lived in London where she got her Masters in Wild Animal Health with the Zoological Society of London, and further developed her surgical skills on wild animal species with RSPCA East Winch and the International Bird of Prey Centre. From there, she completed a Zoo and Aquatic animal medicine internship at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Washington State, before returning to Australia for her residency in Zoo and Wild animal medicine with Perth Zoo and Murdoch University. After her residency, she was a staff veterinarian with WA Wildlife with an emphasis on orthopedic surgeries in native Australian Species, and successfully achieved her MANZCVS in Zoo Animal Medicine by examination in 2021. Today, Kat is the Veterinary Clinical Fellow with the San Diego Zoo, and is one year into the two year post-residency training program with the ambition of achieving ACZM qualification upon completion of her fellowship.

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Surgery in Zoo and Wildlife Settings: From the Outback to Balboa Park

Surgery in Zoo and Wildlife Settings: From the Outback to Balboa Park

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Time: 8:15 am
Surgeries in Zoo and Wildlife settings present unique challenges, from a wide array of anatomic and physical challenges to the n=1 conundrum. Dr. Reed from the San Diego Zoo will share cases she has encountered during her career in Australian wildlife hospitals, aquaria, and now in a large American zoo. With an emphasis on avian orthopedic fracture repair, approaches to surgery and post operative care in non-traditional species (including invertebrates, fish, large carnivores, and megavertebrates) will be discussed.