Dr. Leslie Dierauf
About Dr. Leslie Dierauf
Leslie A. Dierauf, VMD
Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Leslie Dierauf is a wildlife veterinarian and conservation biologist,
who has worked with the federal government for more than 10 years.
Currently, Dr. Dierauf is the Director of the National Wildlife
Health Center (NWHC), a U.S. Geological Survey biosafety level 3
laboratory and science center in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to moving
to Madison (in October 2003), Leslie spent almost a decade at the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she worked on the Endangered
Species program for the Southwest (AZ, NM, TX, OK). She also conducted
habitat conservation planning for threatened and endangered species
in these same states, including partner and stewardship efforts
with the private sector. Upon first entering the Fish and Wildlife
Service, she served as the Playa Lakes Joint Venture Coordinator,
protecting unique southwest wetland habitat and the species, particularly
migratory waterfowl, who use them.
Prior to federal Executive Branch service, Leslie worked as a science
advisor on Committee staff for the U.S. House of Representatives
in Washington, D.C. for 3+ years. In late 1998, she was honored
by the profession of veterinary medicine with the American Veterinary
Medical Association’s National Animal Welfare Award. She also
was a Congressional Science Fellow (American Association for the
Advancement of Science) in 1990. Prior to going to Washington, D.C.
in 1990, for 17 years, Leslie practiced small animal emergency (nights
and weekends) and marine mammal medicine (days) in northern California.
In 2001, Leslie published a second edition of The CRC Handbook
of Marine Mammal Medicine, a world-renown, one-of-a-kind 1100-page
textbook working with 66 contributors and 100 peer reviewers.
Currently, Leslie sits on two Boards: (1) the Marine Ecosystem Health
SeaDoc Society Advisory Board, a research and science policy group
from Orcas Island, WA and, (2) the University of California, Davis,
Wildlife Health Center Board. She also in her capacity as National
Wildlife Health Center Director serves on the National Science Foundation’s
Disease Informatics Senior Coordinating Committee, the U.S. Animal
Health Association’s Executive Committee, the Consortium for
Conservation Medicine’s Executive Committee, and the International
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency’s Wildlife Health
Committee. She served for 8 years on the American Veterinary Medical
Association’s Environmental Affairs Committee, and for 8 years
on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Marine Mammal Unusual
Mortality Working Group, and co-founded a non-profit membership
and educational group, the Alliance of Veterinarians for the Environment.