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Morris Animal Foundation announces new chief scientific officer


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Morris Animal Foundation, a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances the health and well-being of animals, today announced that Barbara Wolfe, DVM, PhD, DACZM, will be the organization’s new chief scientific officer. Wolfe, who currently is a clinical associate professor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will start her new role in January.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Wolfe to Morris Animal Foundation,” said Walt George, interim CEO and board trustee. “As a former member and chair of our Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board, she has in-depth knowledge of the foundation, a passion for our mission, and a comprehensive veterinary background that will help us advance our diverse scientific initiatives.”

In addition to her faculty position at Ohio State, Wolfe currently serves as chief scientific officer at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Wilds, a 10,000-acre wildlife conservation and research center. She previously served as a clinical veterinarian and researcher for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the Wilds, the Columbus Zoo, and the North Carolina Zoological Park.

“I have seen first-hand the impact that Morris Animal Foundation has had on advancing animal health,” said Wolfe. “The foundation is highly respected among wildlife researchers as a principal resource for improving the health and welfare of endangered species around the world. If it were not for the foundation’s support, many important breakthroughs in wildlife medicine would not have been possible, and there is an increasing need for solutions to the challenges facing these incredible animals.  Morris Animal Foundation is a key player in the fight against extinction, and it’s truly an honor to be joining this unique and remarkable organization.”

A prolific researcher, Wolfe has been an author on close to 100 refereed journal articles, book chapters, proceedings and abstracts. Her research interests are exceptionally broad, crossing a wide range of species from freshwater mussels to elephants. She has conducted research and conservation projects throughout North America, Asia, Africa and Central America.

Dr. Wolfe earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, and is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward 2,400 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at