David Murphy DVM – Is a graduate of Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine with a strong interest in zoo and wildlife medicine.
He started in a multidoctor small animal and exotic practice for 7 years at Tampa Bay Animal MedicalxCenter, a busy 24-hour hospital with round the clock emergency care.
During this time he became the consulting veterinarian for Lowry Park Zoo for 4 years before eventuallyxbecoming the full time veterinarian for the next 20 years.
Along the way he was the consulting veterinarian for the Florida Aquarium, Ringling Brothers Barnumxand Bailey Circus, Mote Marine Laboratory, Big Cat Rescue, Center for Conservation of TropicalxUngulates, BA Ranch and Safari Wilderness Ranch.
He continues to work with South Florida Museum’s manatee rehabilitation program and cares forxSnooty the world’s oldest manatee, also the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula Florida with the onlyxsanctuary for Orangutans in the country and Universal Studios in Orlando with their animalxentertainment show, as well as Squalus Inc., a sea lion education program.
Work has taken him to several countries in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean and toxmany countries in Africa for elephants, big cats, and other projects.
Some of Florida’s more unusual endangered species he has worked on include the Florida panther,xFlorida manatee, Whooping Crane, Red Wolf, and Key Largo woodrat.