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Karisa Tang stands in front of Shedd's historic bronze doors.

Dr. Karisa Tang

Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Karisa Tang provides a complete suite of preventative medicine and veterinary care to Shedd’s animals, emphasizing the highest standards of professional care and welfare.


DACZM, American College of Zoological Medicine

D.V.M, University of California, Davis 

M.S., veterinary clinical medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.S., biology, University of California, Los Angeles

“Whether it’s a six-inch American bullfrog or a 700-pound sea lion, we ensure the highest standards of professional care and welfare for the animals that call Shedd home.”

Dr. Karisa Tang oversees the care of 32,000 animals at the aquarium, from mammals to fishes alongside her colleagues in the A. Watson Armour III Center for Animal Health and Welfare.

Before joining Shedd as the staff veterinarian, Dr. Tang completed her residency at the aquarium as part of the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency (IZAAR) Program, in which the aquarium is one of three partners that provides advanced training to veterinarians who aspire to careers as specialists in zoo and aquarium clinical medicine. She gained first-hand experience working alongside the veterinarian and vet tech team at Shedd as an integral member of the team by completing routine preventative exams, seeing patients, and performing surgical and medical procedures.

Dr. Tang joins the team with an extensive background in veterinary and aquatic medicine. She previously was a veterinarian at Minnesota Zoo for a year where she was responsible for providing veterinary care for more than 4,500 animals and 500 species. Prior to that, she also had training opportunities as a medical fellow at the Vancouver Aquarium and a rotating medical intern at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center.

She earned her bachelor’s from the University of California, Los Angeles and doctorate from the University of California, Davis, and received a master’s in veterinary clinical medicine from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.