Jb, Head Vet
Jb (jay-bee; yes, it’s the correct spelling!), MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM serves as the Director of Animal Health and Chief Veterinarian for the North Carolina Zoo. In his role, he oversees the health and well-being of more than 1,800 animals that call the Zoo home. Jb also leads the Zoo’s veterinary hospital with a staff of nine and the Zoo’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, one of the few wildlife rehabilitation centers operated by a zoo in the country. He has worked at the zoo since 2014 (plus an earlier stint here as a vet resident) and was previously staff veterinarian at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Jb received his Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Tech, Master’s of Science from Utah State University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Jb’s hometown is Portsmouth, Virginia. He is involved in several conservation projects both locally and internationally including efforts with elephants in Cote d’Ivoire, Africa. You can read more about his work with elephants on the Zoo’s blog. Follow Jb at the Zoo on Instagram @dr.jbminterdvm