Inspector of the Year: Veterinary

Shirley Yeo Llizo, VMD, Zoo Veterinarian, Topeka Zoo

Dr. Shirley Yeo Llizo developed her love and interest for wildlife at a very young age, growing up in Singapore where the family residence was adjacent to a jungle rich in wildlife.  She worked at the Singapore Zoo after high school before moving to the United States to pursue higher education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. There,  she joined the school’s AQUAVET program.  During that time Dr. Llizo also gained experience at several zoos, including the London Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society and Philadelphia Zoo.  Shortly after graduation, she returned to Singapore to work as the Head Veterinarian at the Singapore Zoo, where she was part of the committee that developed the current Night Safari.  Since returning to the United States, Dr. Llizo has worked at the Houston Zoo where she served as the Red-capped Mangebey SSP Veterinary Advisor, and she currently serves as the Zoo Veterinarian at the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center.  She has served as an AZA accreditation inspector since 2003, and finds that to be a rewarding and enriching experience. 


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