Dr. Margarita Woc-Colburn is the Associate Veterinarian at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Conservation Biology, and from Cornell University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
After veterinary school, she completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship at MSPCA Angell Memorial Western New England Animal Hospital, followed by 3 years working in a 24/7 referral critical care and emergency hospital in Seattle, Washington. In 2010, she completed a 3 year zoo residency at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in conjunction with Oklahoma City Zoo. She is currently the veterinary advisor for the Xenarthra Taxon Advisory Group, the Southern Tamandua Species Survival Plan (SSP), and Giant Anteater SSP; and is the Secretary for the Veterinary Advisory Group within the AZA.
Recently she has been a main consultant for the Cheetah Conservation Fund, helping them with cheetahs confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade in Somaliland, and is the author of the clinical medicine chapter in their book Cheetahs – Biology and Conservation. Her interests include exotic animal anesthesia and critical care in zoological species.