VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Reptiles/Amphibians/Invertebrates

Associate Editor

Jim Wellehan

Jim Wellehan

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM) Microbiology, 2006
  • American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) Zoo Medicine, 2005


  • Residency at University of Flordia
  • Internship in Exotic Medicine, 2002
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida, 2010
  • Master of Science, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College, 1992

Current Professional Activities

  • Professor, Zoological Medicine, University of Florida (2023–present)

Past Professional Activities

  • Associate Professor, Zoological Medicine, University of Florida (2017–2023)
  • Assistant Professor, Zoological Medicine, University of Florida (2012–2017)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor (2010–2012)
  • Clinical Instructor, Zoological Medicine, University of Florida (2005–2010)
  • Intern, Avian and Exotic Medicine and Surgery, University of Guelph (2001–2002)
  • Pre-vet jobs - Zookeeper, Ski Instructor

Marital Status

  • Married to Karen Schaedel, DVM


  • Xavier, born in May 2006
  • Elseya, born March 2008


  • A lot of lizards
  • Tortoises
  • Arthropods
  • 8 cats
  • 2 horses
  • 2 emus
  • A non-releasable red-shouldered hawk


  • Whatever my kids are into

Favorite Quote

"Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe." —Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

What I Like Most About VIN

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