Training the Next Generation of Zoo Veterinarians
Kathryn Gamble, D.V.M., director of Veterinary Services at Lincoln Park Zoo, has been mentoring veterinary students since 1994—just two years after graduating as valedictorian from Texas A&M! Between her prior appointments and her work at Lincoln Park Zoo, she will teach her 50th student in 2013, with almost 50 percent of previous students now in full-time zoo practice.
Through adjunct professor appointments with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and Northwestern Medical School and by guest lecturing with the London Zoological Society Master of Science in Wildlife Health program, Gamble works with veterinary students all around the world.
Where are they now?
Veterinary students taught by Gamble are now working in institutions including zoos, veterinary schools and animal clinics. Look below to find out more about what a specific student is doing.
A Canadian native, Leslie Burke completed an Honors Bachelor of Science in zoology in Ontario before moving abroad to London for veterinary studies at the Royal Veterinary College. In 2013, as a final-year student, Leslie came to Lincoln Park Zoo to complete a U.S.-wide study on red blood cells of the critically endangered black rhinoceros.
Zoo veterinarians forwarded the appropriate samples to Chicago so they could be analyzed with the advice and expertise of Lincoln Park Zoo’s veterinary staff. This project, supervised by Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine Kathryn Gamble, D.V.M., is part of the final examinations toward Leslie’s qualifications to become a veterinarian in June 2014.
Upon qualifying as a veterinarian and completing a first year of clinical practice in the U.K., Leslie intends to apply for the Master of Science in wild animal health at the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London. This international course hosts instructors from all over the world, including Dr. Gamble as a lecturer in her specialty topic of clinical pharmacology.