William Van Bonn

John G. Shedd Aquarium, USA


Bill Van Bonn graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1986. He worked in private veterinary practice thereafter until shortly after his participation in the Envirovet program of 1991. Since leaving practice, Bill's duties, responsibilities, and professional interests have focused on preventive medicine and enhanced clinical veterinary services for aquatic animals under human care. Bill was employed by the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program for almost 15 years where his last position was Managing Veterinarian for Research and Advanced Clinical Technologies. Then, from March of 2005 through May of 2009, he was employed as the Senior Director for Animal Health at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL, USA. While at Shedd, Bill was instrumental in raising Shedd's veterinary care profile within the zoological and medical community, as well as with the public. He created a unique partnership with Northwestern University, elevated the Chicago Zoological and Aquatic Animal veterinary residency program, brought together zoological and scientific leaders (including some from NASA) to better understand controlled environments, and took on new opportunities with regard to current and future research projects. He is a Past President of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and a Founding Member of the Faculty of MarVet. He holds faculty appointments at the University of California at Davis’s Wildlife Health Center and The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine. In May of 2009, he joined the clinical team at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, where he worked as both Staff Veterinarian and Director of Veterinary Science leading that team to the highest patient survival rate in the history of the organization. In February of 2013 Bill and his family returned to the Shedd Aquarium where he assumed the role of Vice President for Animal Health.

Biography Updated on 30 April 2013

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