Zoo News

Zoo News

Jan 23, 2013

Christopher J. Bonar, V.M.D., Dipl. A.C.Z.M. has been appointed as the director of animal health for Dallas Zoo Management Inc.  He will oversee and lead the department of animal health and nutrition.  Bonar will be actively involved in all aspects of clinical medicine, surgery, diagnostic imaging, pathology, and nutrition, as well as periodic review of the preventive medicine, quarantine, and anesthesia protocols. He also will be responsible for budgeting and developing research and publication goals for the department.

“We are pleased to have Chris lead our veterinary team,” said Lynn Kramer, D.V.M, vice president of animal operations and welfare at the Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “His experience and specialized knowledge of zoological medicine will continue to position the Dallas Zoo at the forefront of animal care.”

Bonar brings 20 years of zoo and aquarium clinical experience to this position.   Previously, he served as chief veterinarian at the Dallas World Aquarium, where he was responsible for all aspects of medicine, surgery, diagnostic imaging, preventive medicine, emergency care, quarantine/reshipment testing of incoming and outgoing animals, pathology, revising the preventive medicine and quarantine protocols, and coordinating acquisitions and dispositions.  Prior to moving to Dallas, he was an associate veterinarian at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Bonar has published eight articles in peer-reviewed journals as first author and has co-authored dozens of others, with topics ranging from diseases of Amazon River dolphins to the anatomy of primates.  Writing, publishing, and contributing to the body of knowledge of zoological medicine are some of the most rewarding parts of the job for Bonar.

He is a member of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Wildlife Disease Association, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, the International Association of Aquatic Animal Veterinarians, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.  He also is one of the founding directors and the chairman of the Angiogenesis Foundation.

Bonar attended Harvard University for his undergraduate and master’s degrees. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine; a school that still gives a diploma in Latin, so it reads Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (V.M.D.) rather than the “Doctor of Veterinary Medicine” (D.V.M.) given by most veterinary colleges.  He is part of a select group of zoo veterinarians who have earned board certification in the American College of Zoological Medicine.