Amber McNamara
  • Amber McNamara
  • Associate Professor, Wildlife Veterinarian

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  • Phone: 828.898.3521
  • Office: Bowman Building 114
  • Department: Academics


DVM, Purdue University
MHS (One Health), University of Florida
BA, DePauw University

Common Courses Taught

Advanced Clinical Rehabilitation
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Environmental Biology

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

After completing externships at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Cape Wildlife Center on Cape Cod, and the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Sanibel, FL, I began a full-time service to wildlife medicine at CROW in 2003. I served as their annual veterinary intern, then staff veterinarian, and finally clinic director. I feel fortunate to also have been able to train at the Chi Institute, becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2010. I love teaching students how therapies such as acupuncture can complement traditional treatments in wildlife medical cases. I also enjoy teaching students from a One Health aspect, recognizing that the health of the environment, humans, and animals can all be improved as we better understand their interdependence. I am currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Veterinary Public Health.  

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

Splitting time between the serving as the May Wildlife Center's veterinarian and teaching in the Biology department, I appreciate seeing students be able to put their knowledge directly to use to help injured and orphaned wildlife, treating over 1,500 wildlife patients per year. I enjoy participating in Lees-McRae's Mountain Day of Service, taking students last year to volunteer at the Avery County Humane Society. I also participate in the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center's "Friends of Wildlife" events, helping to educate the public about humane interactions with wildlife and how they can help if they find an injured animal. I enjoy attending Lees-McRae athletic events and supporting our student athletes.