Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Joel Pond, C.V.T.

  Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Services


  • Certified Veterinary Technician (1979)
  • Licensed Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic (1990)

Areas of Expertise

  • Hematology of domestic and exotic animals
  • Exotic animal parasitology and cytology

About Joel Pond:

Joel has been involved with zoos in various capacities since 1968, including volunteer programs during high school and college and his hire as Lincoln Park Zoo’s first zoo veterinary technician in 1976. He has worked in private practice, emergency practice (human and veterinary) and as a supervisor in a commercial veterinary clinical laboratory. He is a consultant for Idexx Veterinary Laboratories. 

Since the beginning of his career he has been active in veterinary technician associations, beginning with his home state of Illinois. In 1981 he co-founded the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (AZVT), now an international organization of zoo veterinary technicians. He is a past executive director for the AZVT, continues to serve on several committees and is a Life Member. He has served as a board member of the Veterinary Laboratory Association.

Pond’s areas of professional interest are hematology (exotic and domestic animals), exotic animal parasitology and cytology. He has lectured on clinical pathology and zoo technology topics at meetings in North America including the AVMA, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Canadian Association of Animal Health Technicians, AZVT, North American Veterinary Conference, Western States Veterinary Conference, Eastern States Veterinary Conference and a host of other local venues.

Pond also has participated with the Peregrine Falcon Banding Project in Northeastern Illinois in collaboration with the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chimpanzee Health Monitoring Program at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, where he assisted in training the park staff. He gives frequent lectures to allied health organizations, veterinary clinics and veterinary technician groups on topics of veterinary clinical pathology.


Gillespie, T.R., Lonsdorf, E.V., Canfield, E.P., Meyer, D.J., Nadler, Y., Raphael, J., Pusey, A.E., Pond, J., Pauley, J., Mlengeya, T., Travis, D.A. . Demographic and Ecological Affects on Patterns of Parasitism in Eastern Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 143: 534-544.