About Us : Ellen Wiedner V.M.D., Dipl ACVIM ACZM ECZM

Ellen Wiedner V.M.D., Diplomate ACVIM ACZM ECZM

Dr. Ellen Wiedner serves as Director of Animal Health at The Wilds, a 10,000 acre, AZA-accredited facility dedicated to research and conservation of specific endangered species, including white and Indian rhinoceros, cheetahs, giraffe, scimitar-horned oryx and others. Ellen’s particular interests include exotic hoofstock, elephants, rhinoceros, and large carnivores, as well as neonatal and geriatric zoo medicine. During her career, she has served as an associate veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and Northwest Trek, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Ellen graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in biology then attended the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine. Following this, she completed an internship in ambulatory and production medicine at Cornell University and a residency in large animal internal medicine at Purdue University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal), the American College of Zoological Medicine, and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management). She is the author of multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed papers on elephant medicine, and consults nationally and internationally on elephants, rhinoceros and endangered hoofstock. Ellen serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, and is a member of the steering committee for the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus Working group and for the Stakeholders Task Force on Tuberculosis in Elephants in Human Care.