Sara Rostad, D.V.M.

Steel Endowed Pathology Fellow

Dr. Sara Rostad serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Steel-Endowed Pathology Fellow in Disease Investigations. As a trainee in this position, she provides diagnostic pathology services for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park collections, the field conservation programs, as well as other native wildlife species.

Under the guidance of board-certified pathologists, Sara evaluates submissions from necropsy, biopsy, and cytology services. Her findings are discussed with clinical and curatorial staff in an effort to better understand and improve health and management of the zoological collection.

Sara earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ross University, where she was a research assistant on a project concerning an outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica in African green monkeys. Following this, she completed two years of anatomic pathology training in a residency program at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Her research interests focus on disease emergence in marine and wetland ecosystems in relation to environmental change.