Former Zoos South Australia veterinarian, Dr David John Schultz, received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recent Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of 54 years of dedicated service to the veterinary care, wellbeing, conservation and research of wildlife.
One of Dr Schultz’s most significant contributions to wildlife conservation and research has been spearheading the active collaboration between veterinarians and biologists to work together in wildlife health and conservation programs.
“I was surprised when I heard the news,” Dr Schultz said.
“It’s not the sort of thing you think about when you’re just doing your job. In fact, it’s a little embarrassing. Especially when I think about the standard that other veterinarians are currently achieving.”
“I can’t think of a more worthy recipient than Dr David Schultz,” Zoos SA chief executive Elaine Bensted said.
“I’m so pleased that David’s passion and long-serving commitment to the conservation of wildlife through his veterinary work, programming and his role as an educator has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
“Zoos SA is extremely grateful to David for the time and energy he has given us both over the years as our senior veterinarian and beyond.”