Javier Lopez

Head of Veterinary Services

  • Qualifications LdoVet. MS.c. MRCVS
  • Focus area
  • Location
    At the Zoo Latin America Madagascar and the Mascarenes South East Asia

I graduated from Zaragoza University, Spain, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and later obtained the Master’s degree in Wild Animal Health by the Royal Veterinary college of London and Zoological society of London.

As Veterinary Manager at the Animal Health Department, I lead a team of three permanent veterinarians, one ECZM, Zoo Health Management (ZHM) resident and four technical support staff, providing health care to the animal collections and support for Chester Zoo’s conservation, training and research programmes.

I am particularly interested in amphibians and reptiles, as well as wildlife conservation having, over the past 25 years, been providing veterinary support to conservation programmes such as the conservation breeding and release of the Malagasy ploughshare tortoise, the rescue programme for the Montserrat mountain chicken frog and the, previously thought extinct Madagascar Pochard, as well the endangered passerine’s conservation breeding centre in Cikananga, Java.

Key publications

Bortoloami, A., Verin, R., Chantrey, J., Corro, M., Ashpole, I., Lopez, J., Timofte, D. (2017). Characterisation of livestock associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) CC398 and mecC-positive CC130from zoo animals in the UK. Microbial Drug Resistance. In press.

Drake, G., Nuttall, T., Lopez, J., Magnone, W., Leclerc, A., Potier, R., Lécu, A., Guézénec, M., Kolter, L., Nicolau, A., Lemberger, K., Cosgrove, S.B. (2017). Treatment success in three Andean bears (Tremarctos ornatus) with alopecia syndrome using oclacitinib maleate (Apoquel®). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. In press.

Chatterton, J., Unwin, S., Lopez, J., Chantrey, J. (2017).Urolithiasis in a group of Visayan warty pigs (Sus cebrifrons negrinus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. In press.

Lopez, J., Haycock, J., Dasterdji, A. (2017). Assessment of a lancet-and-swab blood sampling technique for surveillance of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus infection. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 48(3) In press.

Lopez, J., Dukes-McEwan, J., Drake, G., Chantrey, J. (2017).Preliminary characterization of dilated cardiomyopathy in a captive population of banded mongooses (Mungos mungo). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. In press.

Lopez, J., Waters, M., Routh, A., Rakotonanahary, T.F., Woolaver, L., Thomasson, A., Holmes, E., Steinmetz, H.W. (2017). Hematology and plasma chemistry of the ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) in a captive breeding program. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.  48(1): 102-115

Barbon, A., Goetz, M., Lopez, J., Routh, A. (2017). Uterine rupture and cesarean surgery in three rio cauca caecilians (Thyplonectes natans). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 48(1):164-170

Maclachlan, N., Hunt, G., Frost, M., Miller, J., Purcell-Jones, G., Sullivan, P., Barbon, A., Routh, A., Lopez, J., Price, E.C. 2017. Successful treatment of infertility in a female Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelli).  Zoo Biol. 36:132-135.

Lopez, J., Barbon, A., Smithyman, J., Goetz, M., Marschang, R., Dastjerdi, A.,Stidworthy, M. (2016). High prevalence of adenocarcinoma in a captive population of Amazon milk frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 47(4): 1061-1068.

“I am particularly interested in amphibians and reptiles, as well as wildlife conservation.”

Javier Lopez

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