Dr. Ellen Wiedner graduated from Princeton University with a degree in biology. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, then completed an internship in Ambulatory and Production Medicine at Cornell University, and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Purdue University.
After a stint in equine practice, she made an abrupt U-turn into elephant medicine, when an opportunity arose to work with the largest herd of Asian elephants in the western hemisphere. For the past five years, she has taught the veterinary section of the Principles of Elephant Management course for the AZA and has been a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network on their ruminant and equine boards.
She currently enjoys work as an associate veterinarian at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO and consults on exotic hoofstock and elephants both in the United States and abroad.