Veterinarian, DVM, PhD

Kati Loeffler

Veterinarian, DVM, PhD


As Veterinary Advisor to the Companion Animals Programme, Kati focuses on capacity building in veterinary medicine, shelter management and humane animal care. She develops and implements on–going animal care training for IFAW project staff, partners and associated groups and has trained more than 100 veterinarians, veterinary nurses and animal care personnel in animal husbandry, handling, behaviour, and welfare in China, Indonesia and other countries.

With assistance from an international team of veterinarians, Kati is developing best practice procedures and protocols for veterinary care in shelters, clinics and other dog and cat projects to standardise basic health care and humane handling of companion animals. She advises on, and is active in implementing, IFAW’s companion animal projects around the world.

In addition to her Companion Animal Programme role, Kati works with the Animal Rescue Programme, responding to animals affected by disasters and participating in animal rescues. She provides support for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation projects, utilizing her experience with pandas, as well as bears rescued from the bile trade in Asia, to advise on bear rehabilitation and care projects in other countries and continuing her long–term involvement in avian rehabilitation at the Raptor Rescue Center in Beijing.



Veterinary Advisor, International Fund for Animal Welfare, China

Director of Animal Health, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China

Veterinarian, Animals Asia China Bear Rescue Center, China

Member, European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians

Member, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

Member, International Bear Association

Member, Wildlife Disease Association

Research Veterinarian, Wildlife Conservation and Conservation Medicine, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, USA and China

Research Scientist, Effects of environmental pollutants on animal development, University of Wisconsin

Clinical Veterinarian, Private Practice, Michigan, USA



Bachelor or Science (BSc), Veterinary Science, Michigan State University, USA

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Michigan State University, USA

PhD, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, USA



Selection of Book Chapters, Journal Articles, Conference Proceedings

Loeffler, I.K. 2011. Saving wildlife in China. Proceedings of the IWRC Annual Symposium, Ft Lauderdale, Florida USA, 8-12 Nov 2011.

Loeffler, I.K. 2011. Breeding wildlife to extinction in China. Symposium of the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare: Advancing Zoo Animal Welfare Science and Policy, Detroit Zoological Society, 6-7 August 2011.

Loeffler, I.K. 2011. Husbandry of red pandas for reproductive success. In: Red panda: Biology and Conservation of the First Panda, A. Glatston, ed. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp.231-256

Loeffler, I.K. 2011. Husbandry, management and veterinary care of red pandas in China. In: Red panda: Biology and Conservation of the First Panda, A. Glatston, ed. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 323-334.

Loeffler, I.K., Robinson, J., Cochrane, G. 2009. Compromised health and welfare of bears farmed for bile in China. Animal Welfare 18:225-235.

Loeffler, I.K.  Reintroduction of Giant Pandas. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Chinese Committee of Breeding Techniques for Giant Pandas, Chengdu, China. 10-15 Nov 2007.

Loeffler, I.K. 2007. Veterinary considerations for rehabilitation and release of bear cubs. Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Bear Species Rehabilitation, Release and Monitoring, IFAW Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Project, Tver Region, Russia. May 26-31, 2007.

Loeffler, I.K., Wildt, D.E., Howard, J., Montali, R.J., Hayek, L.-A., Dubovi, E.J., Zhihe, Z., Yan, W., Guo, W. 2007. Serosurvey of ex situ giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) and red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) in China with implications for species conservation. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 38(4):559-566.

Qin, Q., Wei, F., Li, M., Dubovi, E.J., Loeffler, I.K.  2007. Serosurvey of infectious disease agents of carnivores in captive red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) in China. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 38(1):42-50.

Loeffler, I.K., Montali, R.J., Rideout, B.  2006. Pathology. In: Giant Pandas in Captivity: Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Management. D. Wildt, A. Zhang, H. Zhang, D. Janssen, S. Ellis, eds. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 377-409.

Loeffler, I.K., Stocum, D.L. Fallon, J.F., Meteyer, C.U.  2001.  Leaping lopsided: A review of the current hypotheses regarding etiologies of limb malformations in frogs. (Feature article) The Anatomical Record.  265(5):228-245.

Loeffler, I.K. and Peterson, R.E. 1998. Interactive effects of TCDD and p,p’-DDE on the development of the male rat reproductive tract. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. 154:28-39.

Related articles:

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One Green Planet: Controversy over breeding Pandas in captivity reignites after DC zoo successfully artificially inseminates female giant panda, Mei Xiang — Read more.

TakePart:  Conservationists call for an end to the cruel and inhumane practice killing elephants and making them “slaves to the tourism industry” —Read more.