B.S., George Mason University
Sherri Divband is the program manager for the Global Health Program. GHP works with international partners to combat threats to human, wildlife, and ecosystem health and survival by addressing emerging diseases at their source: the human-wildlife-domestic animal interface. Divband’s role is to oversee daily operations and ensure that deadlines are met and that the program is following all Smithsonian protocols.
As a licensed veterinary technician for 15 years, Divband has assisted in numerous Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's projects. These projects include a pharmacokinetics study with Asian elephants and the Jamaican Iguana Conservation project to assist in their annual release of native iguanas back in to the wild. Divband participated in the 2013 Jamaican iguana annual exams and release back in the wild.
Divband is passionate about alternative and holistic medicine as well as species survival and conservation. She volunteered in the Zoo’s Elephant House for several years while in school and was lucky enough to be a part of the birth of Kandula, a male Asian elephant.
Divband graduated from George Mason University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in health science. Her concentration was in animal science and veterinary medicine. Before she started working at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, she concentrated her efforts in domestic animal veterinary medicine. Divband’s specialties include Intensive Care Units and critical care. She has also developed hospital training manuals that are utilized in several hospitals around the country.