Talia Wong, D.V.M.

Steel Endowed Pathology Resident

Dr. Talia Wong serves San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance as the Steel Endowed Pathology Resident in Disease Investigations.  In this role, she occupies a joint appointment as senior Zoo and Wildlife Resident in Anatomic Pathology at the University in California, Davis. While completing her residency training in preparation for the ACVP board examination, Talia provides diagnostic support for wildlife disease investigations in the animal collections at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. She is collaborating on a research project with the Molecular Diagnostics Lab to investigate the role of genetic predisposition in the development of Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome, a disease affecting domestic African pygmy hedgehogs.

Talia earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brown University, and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her first two years of residency in Anatomic Pathology with the University of California, Davis. Her plan post-residency is to pursue a PhD in epidemiology, with an emphasis on emerging infectious disease at the intersection of wildlife and domestic animal populations. She is committed to increasing the impact of veterinary pathologists in the sphere of global health by promoting wildlife conservation and protection as a means of mitigation of disease evolution and spread.