Donald Neiffer, VMD, CVA, DACZM, adds MHS to his credentials

The Zoo’s chief vet now has more letters following his name than in his name itself.


Vet examines panda in cage

Dr. Don Neiffer performs an ultrasound examination of giant panda Mei Xiang. (Photo courtesy Smithsonian National Zoo)

Dr. Don Neiffer, chief veterinarian at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, has been awarded the degree of Master of Health Sciences in One Health from the Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida.

Dr. Neiffer’s program culminated with an independent study entitled “A retrospective study of selected disease seroprevalence and relationships in free-ranging warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) populations in South Africa:  Implications for disease transmission at the human/livestock/wildlife interface.”  This study as well as a related warthog anesthesia project were completed during a trip to South Africa this past spring.

As chief veterinarian, Dr. Neiffer oversees, coordinates, and directs all clinical medicine and pathology operations to ensure sound veterinary practices. He also conducts clinical and conservation research and training programs.

In addition, Dr. Neiffer facilitates and takes part in research, conservation, and training programs, both within the U.S. and internationally. Currently, Dr. Neiffer is partnered with other individuals in a program aimed at Andean bear conservation in the Machu Picchu region of Peru.

Posted: 24 August 2017
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