Free-Ranging Wildlife Health Residency

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine & California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Health Laboratory are accepting applications for a residency position in free-ranging wildlife health, beginning August 1, 2022.

This is a 3-year residency, which includes enrollment in the UC Davis Masters in Preventive Medicine Program; for applicants who already have a comparable advanced degree in epidemiology, a 2-year clinical and research option is possible.

Advanced Training Topics:

  • North American model of wildlife management
  • Herd/population health monitoring and management (game and non-game)
  • Outbreak and mortality investigation
  • Wildlife immobilization and handling
  • Threatened and endangered species recovery
  • Wildlife-livestock conflict
  • Urban wildlife (including nuisance animal control)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Toxicology
  • Pathology.

Work will involve extensive local and statewide travel. The resident will contribute to clinical and didactic teaching of veterinary students.

Upon successful completion, the resident will partially (or wholly, depending on prior work experience) fulfill requirements for sitting the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) board-certification examination.


Applicants must possess: a DVM or equivalent degree; be in the early stages of their career (one to five years of post-DVM work experience); have a strong track record of interest in and familiarity with free-living wildlife health and wildlife management; and demonstrate clear intent to pursue a career in free-living wildlife health management and research.

To apply:

Submit the following: a curriculum vitae, official veterinary school transcript, a letter of intent (< 750 words), and names and contact information for three references.

Application materials should be emailed to Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is identified. The successful applicant will be informed by April 15, 2022.

For additional information, email Kirsten Gilardi, Mike Ziccardi, or Deana Clifford.

UC Davis is an AA/EOE.

Past Residents

Megan Moriarty

Megan Moriarty, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Megan Moriarty is a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist, having graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and obtained a Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine in 2013. In 2020, she completed her PhD in epidemiology at UC Davis, conducting research on sea otters, heart disease, and marine harmful algal blooms.

During her residency, she has led or participated in projects including endangered riparian brush rabbit field vaccination against rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus; surveillance for treponeme-associated hoof disease in elk; necropsies of ungulates, carnivores, mesocarnivores, bats, and birds; development of a statewide Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance and Management Plan; field captures of wild mule deer and bighorn sheep; and chemical immobilization, examination, and clinical care for injured, burned, and orphaned animals at the CDFW Wildlife Health Lab. She is a now a wildlife veterinary specialist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, where she will continue to integrate disease and population biology with environmental drivers to inform wildlife conservation.

Andrew di Salvo treating bear paw burn

Andrew Di Salvo, DVM

Our first Wildlife Health Resident Dr. Andrew Di Salvo has always had a passion for wildlife veterinary medicine that has taken him cross-country and even beyond: in addition to prior field work in California, Oregon, and Idaho, Dr. DiSalvo also worked as the clinical and field veterinarian for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia and as primary wildlife veterinarian for White Buffalo, Inc. in Staten Island, NY.

During the first year of his residency, Andrew has led or participated in projects including the live-capture and processing of California wildlife species including black-tailed deer, San Joaquin kit foxes, and Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep for wildlife management and disease surveillance purposes; an anesthetic trial in free-ranging fishers; and the testing of novel therapies (tilapia skin bandages) to treat black bears burned by California wildfires.