Wildlife Veterinary Medical Officer, Myanmar Project Liaison
V.M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Marc Valitutto is a zoo, wildlife and exotic animal veterinarian, applying his training to both the public and private sector on a national and global scale. He is currently serving as a Wildlife Veterinary Medical Officer for Smithsonian’s Global Health Program, where he focuses on coordinating and implementing wildlife health studies and training in Asia. He was previously the recipient of the 2016 George E. Burch fellowship in Theoretic Medicine, a prestigious Smithsonian award designed for “distinguished scholars” whose research directly benefits health and medicine. The fellowship allowed him to focus on research aligned with GHP initiatives and the One Health platform. Dr. Valitutto’s experiences in field wildlife medicine and surveillance, as well as extensive independent travel experience in Southeast Asia, make him an asset to the GHP team.
Dr. Valitutto’s research focuses on One Health related topics, specifically evaluating the transmission of zoonotic diseases from wildlife to humans in Myanmar. Since 2016, he has been evaluating the health status of pangolins in the wild, a rapidly declining population as a direct result of poaching and a high regional demand for their products. Dr. Valitutto hopes that through the evaluation of pangolin health, an avenue may be created to reduce the illegal trafficking of this critically endangered and charismatic species.
Dr. Valitutto received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a four-year residency in zoological medicine and surgery at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cornell University. He has held positions as the head interim veterinarian for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and as general curator and veterinarian for the Staten Island Zoological Society. Dr. Valitutto’s passion for species conservation and the welfare of humans, animals and the environment is evident in his extensive training and research.
Other noteworthy experiences include appearances on The Today Show and Sesame Street. His species focus includes giant pandas, Asian elephants, pangolins and primary zoonotic disease vectors of USAID’s PREDICT project: primates, rodents and bats.
M. Valitutto, A.L. Newton, B.L. Raphael, P.P. Calle, L.A. Tell. 2010. Pharmacokinetics of a long-acting formulation of ceftiofur (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) administered intramuscularly the ringneck dove (Streptopelia risoria). Proceedings of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
M. Valitutto, B.L. Raphael, P.P. Calle, J.M. Sykes, R.P. Moore, M.G. Papich. 2011. Protein-binding of cefovecin (Convenia) in 25 zoological species: a predictor for extended duration of action. Proceedings of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
M.T. Valitutto, B.L. Raphael, P.P. Calle, M.G. Papich. 2013. Tissue concentrations of enrofloxacin, and its metabolite ciprofloaxcin, after a single topical dose in the coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui). Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, 23(3-4).