Dr. Leslie A Dierauf, VMD

Marine Mammal Veterinarian and former Director of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Dr. Dierauf is a retired wildlife veterinarian, having pursued a successful and unique professional career in a variety of venues.  Most recently, from 2008-2011, Leslie served in a federal agency capacity, as the Pacific Northwest Regional Director, and prior to that as the Director of the National Wildlife Health Center for the US Department of the Interior’s US Geological Survey (USGS).  Between 1994 and 2004, Dr. Dierauf worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Southwestern US, primarily with local communities in NM, AZ, TX and OK, working together to create land, water and development plans while protecting a multitude of threatened and endangered species through habitat conservation plans and the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program.  In 1990, Leslie was honored with a Congressional Science Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science; following that year in Washington, DC, she worked for three years as a science advisor to the US House of Representatives, primarily on marine and aquatic policy, as well as fish and wildlife conservation.  Before joining Federal service, Leslie practiced marine mammal medicine and small animal emergency medicine in northern California, served as the President of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, and co-edited and authored two editions of CRC Press’s Handbook on Marine Mammal Medicine (1990 and 2001).