Board & Advisors

Board of governors

Anne Justice-Allen, D.V.M., M.S., President

Dr. Justice-Allen is the Supervisor of the Wildlife Health Program and the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.  She completed her veterinary degree at the University of California, Davis and Master of Science program at Utah State University.  Her research on Mycoplasma spp. included molecular detection methods for tissues and milk, environmental survival, and disease ecology. Anne has continued her work on infectious diseases at the Arizona Game and Fish Department with research projects on sylvatic plague, pigeon paramyxovirus 1, Mycoplasma pneumonia in desert bighorn sheep, and wildlife mortality investigations. In addition, she directs animal care during wildlife captures, provides veterinary treatment, assesses the health of wildlife populations, and participates in endangered species reintroduction projects.

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John Bryan, II, D.V.M., M.S., President-Elect

Dr. Bryan is a native Georgian who received his undergraduate education from Emory University, and his professional (DVM + Certificate in International Veterinary Medicine) and graduate (MS: Veterinary Pathology) degrees from the University of Georgia. Following veterinary school, Dr. Bryan received post-doctoral training at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) in the diagnosis, epidemiology, of pathology wildlife disease. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Bryan served as a veterinary medical officer/wildlife veterinarian with the Biological Resource Management Division of the National Park Service (NPS), where he served as Chair and Attending Veterinarian of the NPS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Veterinary Diagnostic Service Coordinator, and as a Field Wildlife Veterinarian. In 2014, Dr. Bryan returned to SCWDS as a Public Service Assistant and Wildlife Veterinarian focusing on exotic invasive species and wildlife disease. In 2018, Dr. Bryan left SCWDS to establish Zachery Consulting, LLC; a freelance wildlife veterinary consulting service specializing in a broad spectrum of wildlife issues including disease investigation and diagnosis, welfare compliance and oversight, research, and management. Dr. Bryan is a member of The Wildlife Society, the Wildlife Disease Association, the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, and the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) where he currently serves on the ASM Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and as the ASM Delegate to the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC, Int.). Dr. Bryan also serves as an Ad-Hoc Consultant to AAALAC, Int. and holds current veterinary licensure in the states of Colorado and Georgia.

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Jenny Bloodgood, M.S., D.V.M., Ph.D., Secretary

Dr. Bloodgood is a Cornell University Assistant Professor of Practice and wildlife veterinarian for the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab in partnership with the New York State Wildlife Health Program. Prior to this position, she was the Research Veterinarian at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, working with the AL Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Manatee Sighting Network. She completed her undergraduate and MS degrees in Wildlife Biology at Clemson University, and a dual PhD-DVM at the University of Georgia. Her PhD was in Integrative Conservation and focused on the effect of diet on the health of rehabilitating green sea turtles and public perception of wildlife medicine. In her position with Cornell, she focuses on wildlife disease surveillance and research, teaching and training, and policy support.

Dr. Bloodgood can be contacted at

Laurie Baeten, D.V.M., Ph.D., Treasurer

Dr. Baeten is currently a veterinarian in the Wildlife Health Branch of the National Parks Service. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her PhD in Veterinary Microbiology at Colorado State University. She has been fortunate to have a 25+ year run as a wildlife veterinarian working in various organizations including the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and USDA National Wildlife Research Center. Her interests include zoonotic and infectious disease at the wildlife, livestock and human interface and animal welfare for wildlife species used in research.

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Tom DeLiberto, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., Advisory Council Chair

Dr. DeLiberto holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University, a Ph.D. in Range Science and Management from Utah State University, and a D.V.M. from Washington State University. Tom began working for USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services in 1997 at the National Wildlife Research Center’s Predation Ecology and Behavior Field Station in Logan, UT. He later led research on wildlife rabies and bovine tuberculosis. In 2003, he became the National Wildlife Disease Coordinator for Wildlife Services and was responsible for developing and implementing the National Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Emergency Response System. Tom currently serves as Assistant Director for the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, CO. He serves on the Interagency Steering Committee for Surveillance for Avian Influenza in Wild Birds, the White-nose Syndrome Steering and Executive Committees, the National Biosurveillance Working Group, the Foreign Animal Disease Threats Wildlife Task Force, and as the U.S. Head of Delegation for the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards. He serves on numerous committees for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the United States Animal Health Association.

Dr. DeLiberto can be contacted at

Advisory council

Samantha Allen

Mark Cunningham
Mark Drew

Tom DeLiberto, Chair
Terra Kelly
Nate LaHue

Emma Lantz
Hunter Reed
Jenny Powers
Helen Schwantje
Peach Van Wick