Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine


Diplomate - American College of Zoological Medicine following Residency in Wildlife and Zoological Medicine, University of Florida
PhD - Veterinary Sciences (Epidemiology), University of Florida           
DVM - Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
BS - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Areas of Expertise

Conservation Medicine
One Health
Clinical Zoological Medicine

About Sharon Deem

A wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist, Dr. Deem is a leader in conservation medicine/One Health. She holds a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology from the University of Florida. She completed a 3-year Zoo and Wildlife Medicine Residency at the University of Florida becoming board-certified in the American College of Zoological Medicine following her residency. Before joining the Saint Louis Zoo, Dr. Deem worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Smithsonian National Zoo as both a clinical zoo veterinarian and an international wildlife veterinarian. During her first three years with the Saint Louis Zoo, Dr. Deem lived and worked in the Galapagos Islands where she served as the veterinary epidemiologist for the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Avian Health in the Galapagos. Since returning to St Louis in 2010, Dr. Deem has been conducting conservation medicine/One Health programs globally, while training the next generation One Health practitioners. Dr. Deem brings years of experience to One Health from her work with zoos, universities, and field-based conservation projects. Her first textbook, “Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health,” which she co-wrote with Drs. Kelly Lane-deGraaf and Elizabeth Rayhel, will be published in fall 2018. 

Sharon Deem has been selected as the 2018 Honorary Inductee of the University of Missouri's Gamma Eta Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society. Delta Omega was founded at The Johns Hopkins University in 1924 as a prestigious society to promote the graduate study of public health and to recognize outstanding achievement in field. The University of Missouri's Gamma Eta chapter of Delta Omega seeks to enhance connections between public health research and practice and to foster relationships among Masters in Public Health scholars, alumni, researchers and practitioners and those in related scientific and social disciplines. The honorary inductee position is chosen by the board members of the Gamma Eta chapter. Sharon will be inducted at the MPH Program's graduation banquet on Wednesday, May 9.

Sharon has also been selected to receive the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's Lifetime Achievement Alumni AwardThis award was instituted in 2014 in recognition of the College's 30th anniversary and Sharon will be the fourth recipient of this prestigious honor. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an alum for exemplary and sustained accomplishment in veterinary medicine and demonstrable positive impact. Recipients embody the goals outlined in the Veterinarian's Oath, have high veterinary medical ethics, and exemplify the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim (that I may serve) through deeds and actions that have enhanced their local communities, the commonwealth, and beyond. Sharon will receive this award during the University's spring commencement on May 11.


You can follow her on Twitter @deemsharon or at her website