Residency and Internship Programs

Residency Graduate Profiles

The Chicago Zoological Society takes great pride in the successes of the graduates of our zoological medicine residency program. Our graduates are conservation leaders making great impacts in zoological medicine. Their successes continue to spread the impact of our programs far beyond Brookfield Zoo.

Dr. Michelle Davis-resident graduateDr. Michelle Davis

Veterinary Resident, 2005 to 2008
Current Position: Veterinarian, Georgia Aquarium

 “The residency shaped me into a well-rounded zoo veterinarian. I learned from many different experts and left the program ready to work as a zoo and aquarium vet. The Chicago Zoological Society’s fast-paced, top-notch veterinary program was integral in preparing me for my current position.”


Dr. Lisa Naples-IZAAR resident graduate Dr. Lisa Naples

Veterinary Resident, 2006 to 2009
Current Position: Chief Veterinarian, Los Angeles Zoo



Dr. Trevor Zachariah-IZAAR resident graduate Dr. Trevor Zachariah

Veterinary Resident, 2007 to 2010
Current Position: Director of Veterinary Programs, Brevard Zoo




Dr. Kim Wojick-IZAAR resident graduate Dr. Kim Wojick

Veterinary Resident, 2008 to 2011
Current Position: Associate Veterinarian, Roger Williams Park Zoo

 “Brookfield Zoo and the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Residency Program was an amazing educational experience that provided the framework for my career in zoo and conservation medicine.”


Dr. Gwen Jankowski-IZAAR resident graduate  Dr. Gwen Jankowski

Veterinary Resident, 2009 to 2012
Current Position: Associate Veterinarian, Denver Zoo

 “I couldn’t have asked for a better veterinary and animal care staff to work with and learn from. The staff was always expanding the boundaries of advanced medical care. I also valued the opportunity to participate in conservation projects, most memorably working with Dr. Adkesson in Peru to help protect South American fur seals.”

Dr. Ben Nevitt-IZAAR resident graduate

Dr. Ben Nevitt

Veterinary Resident, 2010 to 2013
Current Position: Associate Veterinarian, San Diego Zoo

“My residency not only allowed me to get my job dream job but also gave me the tools to be successful in it.”


Dr. Julie Balko-IZAAR resident graduate Dr. Julie Balko

Veterinary Fellow, 2016 to 2017
Current Position: Clinical Instructor in Anesthesia,
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

 “Without question, my year as the Chicago Zoological Society’s first veterinary fellow was an incredible experience. Not only did it foster immense personal growth as a clinical anesthesiologist of nondomestic species, also it provided me with the opportunity to advance the professional field of knowledge for anesthetic and analgesic management of nondomestic species through important clinical research projects. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Dr. Megan Watson-IZAAR resident graduate

Dr. Megan Watson

Veterinary Resident 2014 to 2017
Current Position: Associate Veterinarian, Zoo New England (Boston)

“This residency has been an unforgettable opportunity that helped shape me into the zoo and aquatic animal clinician and scientist
that I aspired to be. The Chicago Zoological Society’s staff practices cutting-edge medicine, setting an example for what I hope to achieve and contribute to the field. Field conservation, research projects, 
and working alongside superb mentors are just some highlights. The residency provided me with a strong foundation to build upon. It has been the highest privilege and honor to be a part of this team.”                                                                                                                                                                     

Dr. Jennifer Flower- IZAAR resident graduate Dr. Jennifer Flower

Veterinary Resident, 2012 to 2015
Current Position: Chief Clinical Veterinarian, Mystic Aquarium

“The Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency Program provided me with a life-changing opportunity to be trained
by experts in the field of zoo and aquatic animal medicine and to practice high-quality medicine on a variety of exotic species. This training program prepared me to become a successful and well-rounded zoo and aquatic veterinarian.”

Dr. Jimmy Johnson- IZAAR resident graduate Dr. Jimmy Johnson

Veterinary Resident, 2013 to 2016
Current Position: Associate Veterinarian, Columbus Zoo

“The diverse experience and expert mentorship afforded at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo was invaluable for my development as a versatile clinician and scientist. It made me well-equipped to make meaningful, forward contributions to the field of zoological medicine.”