Veterinarian

Dr. Amanda Guthrie


Amanda Guthrie, DVM, DACZM grew up on a farm in North Carolina. She then attended North Carolina State University for undergraduate degrees in Animal Science, Political Science, and Genetics.

Dr. Guthrie graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2006. She has worked as a veterinarian at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas and Zoo Boise in Idaho. Since 2012, she has been responsible for animal health and nutrition as the first full-time staff veterinarian at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.

She has worked with a variety of species in the field, including the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, Bighorn sheep, the Southern Idaho ground squirrel, the Texas tortoise, ocelot, bobcat, and a variety of native North American snakes.

Dr. Guthrie has pursued her passion for international travel working with sloths in Costa Rica and Asian elephants in Thailand. She has been the primary author on several peer-reviewed publications describing veterinary conditions and infectious diseases in a variety of captive and free-ranging wildlife species.

Dr. Guthrie serves on the Editorial Board and Infectious Disease Committee of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine since 2012. In 2014, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and serves as the Herpetology Section Chair of the ACZM Exam Committee.

Her favorite animals are sloths, tree kangaroos, pygmy hippos, prehensile tailed porcupines and African bullfrogs!