Emma Houck, DVM, DACZM

Department of Clinical Sciences

Assistant Clinical Professor, Section of Zoological Medicine

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 31
Ithaca, NY 14853

Email: ehouck@cornell.edu

Research/Clinical Interest

Dr. Houck investigates ways to improve zoo animal welfare and to optimize and refine methods of anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia of non-mammalian species.

Education and Training

  • 2021    Zoological Medicine Residency, North Carolina State University

  • 2018    Exotic Animal Medicine Internship, North Carolina State University

  • 2017    Small Animal Medicine Internship, BluePearl Veterinary Partners

  • 2016    Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, University of California – Davis

  • 2012    B.S. Animal Biology, University of California – Davis


Dr. Emma Houck, a California native, earned a B.S. in Animal Biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis. She completed a small animal medicine internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Nashville, TN followed by an exotic animal medicine internship at North Carolina State University. She continued her post-graduate training through a zoological medicine residency at North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Zoo, and the North Carolina Aquariums.

Dr. Houck works as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Zoological Medicine, an appointment which serves the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY. She is a diplomat with the American College of Zoological Medicine. 

Dr. Houck enjoys multi-disciplinary collaboration that aims to improve the welfare of zoological species in managed environments and training aspiring professionals in scientific advancement and evidence-based practices.


Please click on the Google Scholar link for a listing of Dr. Houck’s publications.

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American College of Zoological Medicine
  • American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
  • International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals
  • World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association
  • Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium