Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Tim Walsh

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Dr. Tim Walsh joined the SmithsonianÂ’s National Zoological Park as head of the department of veterinary pathology in March 2006. After receiving his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri, he practiced small animal and exotic medicine in Kansas City before entering a residency in the newly formed Zoological Pathology Program comprising the University of Ilinois, Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Shedd Aquarium. Tim was on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine/Washington Animal Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, Washington for 10 years. In 2002-2003, he worked for the St. Louis Zoo and University of Missouri-St. Louis on a new program assessing avian diseases in the Galápagos. For 13 months, Tim was based in the Department of Ornithology at the Charles Darwin Research Station, working predominantly on bird diseases but also interacting with researchers in many disciplines at the station. During that period and on subsequent trips, Tim had the opportunity to become well acquainted with the flora and fauna of Galápagos, often from a unique perspective.