Suzan Murray came to the National Zoo as the Chief Veterinarian and Head of the Department of Animal Health in April 2001. She is responsible for overseeing the health care of the Zoo's entire animal collection. She also leads and conducts conservation, research, and training programs within the Department of Animal Health. Before she came to the Zoo, she was the Associate Veterinarian at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.
Her areas of interest include clinical medicine, research, and training. She currently supervises the Department of Animal Health's residency, preceptorship, and veterinary technician training programs. She is active in wildlife conservation and research. Her ongoing programs include participating in the development of a preventive medicine program for giant pandas in a Chinese breeding center and health assessment of kori bustards in Kenya. In addition, she is a co-investigator on several clinical projects and co-author of scientific manuscripts on bird, reptile, bongo, rhino, and elephant medicine.
Suzan received her bachelor's degree from Amherst College and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tufts University. Her post-graduate training included a one-year internship in small-animal surgery at South Shore Veterinary Associates in Massachusetts, followed by a two-year residency in zoological medicine at the National Zoo. In 2000, she became a Diplomats of the American College of Zoological Medicine. She is the veterinary advisor to the Giant Panda Species Survival Program (SSP), a co-advisor to the Kori Bustard and Lion SSPs, and is active in the Komodo Dragon SSP.
Suzan is married and has three young children.