For over thirty years, Dr. Vint Virga has been a distinguished practitioner in veterinary medicine, recognized for his insights into our relationships with animals. As a veterinarian specialized in wild animal behavior—the only one in North America or elsewhere in the world—Dr. Virga works as an advisor on wildlife conservation and welfare for nature preserves and refuges; zoological parks and gardens; animal conservancy and stewardship foundations; and governmental agencies. He teaches internationally as an invited guest instructor at leading colleges and universities as well as conservational, environmental, and animal symposia.
In recognition of his expertise, Dr. Virga has been profiled in The New York Times, and featured on NPR Fresh Air, National Geographic Explorer, ABC World News, and PBS Nature. Outside of clinical practice, he has served as an advisor to leading U.S. corporations, professional associations, and animal welfare organizations; a veterinary liaison to the U.S. congress; and an expert on legal and legislative issues concerning animal health and welfare. Across the different media, he portrays from his experience a rare awareness and compassion toward humans as well as animals.
Dr. Virga’s first book, The Soul of All Living Creatures, is a winner of the Silver Nautilus Award. As a writer, he posts a blog for Psychology Today and has contributed to Conjunctions, Biographile, Books for Better Living, MindBodyGreen.com, and TheDodo.com. In recognition of his writing, he has been awarded two MacDowell Fellowships, a Brown Foundation/Dora Maar Fellowship, a Kate and George Kendall Fellowship, and literary residencies at Yaddo, The Bloedel Reserve, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.
Dr. Virga received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis and completed his clinical residency in behavioral medicine at Cornell University. He is board-certified in veterinary behavior, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, a professional fellow of the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians, and a member of the Internal Society of Applied Ethology, Animal Behavior Management Alliance, and American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. Drawing on his expertise in zoological practice, Dr. Virga lectures on climate change as it relates to wildlife conservation and is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Through his intimate perspective working with endangered species, Dr. Virga brings unequalled insights and credentials to the challenges of mass extinction and humans’ future on this planet.
Dr. Virga lives in southern New England with his wife, daughter, golden retriever, and two Norwegian forest cats. He is currently working on his next book.