Meg Sutherland-Smith, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services, San Diego Zoo

Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith is director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo. She has worked as a veterinarian at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance in various capacities, starting as a resident in 1990. She worked extensively with the giant panda program at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, and was involved with Andean bear and Chacoan peccary projects abroad. Dr. Sutherland-Smith provided veterinary support to the San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program up until 2020, when a colleague took over that role. She is a member of—and has served as an officer of—several professional organizations.

Dr. Sutherland-Smith received a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences from Virginia Tech in 1982, and earned her master’s degree in biochemistry at the North Carolina State University (NCSU). She later attended the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1989. Following veterinary school, she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center is New York City.