Amanda grew up on a farm in North Carolina; she attended North Carolina State University for undergraduate degrees in Animal Science, Political Science and Genetics. Dr. Guthrie graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2006. She has been a veterinarian at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas and Zoo Boise in Idaho. Since 2012, she has been the first full-time staff veterinarian at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and is responsible for animal health and nutrition. Dr. Guthrie has worked, in the field, with a variety of species including the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, Bighorn sheep, the Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel, the Texas tortoise, ocelot, bobcat and a variety of native North American snakes. Dr. Guthrie has a passion for international travel and has visited Costa Rica to work with sloths and Thailand to work with Asian elephants. She has been the primary author on several peer-reviewed publications describing veterinary conditions and infectious diseases in a variety of captive and free-ranging wildlife species. Dr. Guthrie is an active member of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and on the Editorial Board and Infectious Disease Committee. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine since 2012. Dr. Guthrie became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2014. Her favorite animals are sloths, tree kangaroos, pygmy hippos, prehensile tailed porcupines and African bullfrogs!