VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Mammals Small and Exotic

Associate Editor

Darryl Heard

Darryl Heard

Board Certification

  • American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) Zoo Medicine, 1995


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Murdoch University, 1981
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science, Murdoch University, 1979

Current Professional Activities

  • Associate Professor Zoological Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

Other Appointments

  • Veterinarian for Central Florida Zoo, Sanford, Florida, 1991 - present.
  • Veterinarian for Lubee Bat Conservancy, LaCrosse, Florida, 1992 - present.
  • Veterinarian for Santa Fe teaching Zoo, Gainesville, Florida, 1992 - present.
  • Veterinarian for the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoo, 2001- present.


  • Australia with pride and the United States by necessity (my vote is a powerful weapon)

Professional Interests

  • Zoological medicine
  • Anesthesia and Immobilization of Nondomestic Animals
  • Health issues in free-living wildlife.


  • Lillian Meryle Heard (born 10/25/1999)
  • Maeve Elizabeth Heard (born 3/5/2002)


  • The great outdoors
  • Diving
  • Road biking - not for a while
  • Travel
  • Reading

Favorite Quotes

  • "I would always rather be embarrassed than dead "- attributed to me.
  • "Oh well" - attributed to me.
  • "Fair enough"- attributed to me and many other Australians

What I Like Most About VIN

Meeting other people. It makes me think, even if my head hurts.

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