John graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School and went on to do a PhD in Oncology at the University of London. Working for IZVG, John undertook clinical work at Al Ain Zoo (UAE), Howletts and Port Lympne Zoos, and ZSL London Zoo before becoming an IZVG partner in 1988. Having been a full-time zoo and wildlife vet for the past 29 years, he has worked in a variety of zoo and field situations in an equally wide variety of countries.
With principle interests in large cat conservation and their care in captivity, anaesthesia of non-domestic species and the veterinary support of in situ endangered species conservation programmes, John has developed ground breaking techniques.
John is a member of the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, is the principal veterinary advisor to the Amur leopard and tiger Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP's), and is engaged with a range of felid and primate field conservation programmes. John is a trustee of the UK based charity AMUR and widely published on veterinary aspects of non-domestic medicine.
John Lewis is founder and veterinary director of WVI. He is recognised internationally for his work on carnivore reintroduction techniques and the development of veterinary resource manuals for in situ conservation projects.
A ten minute interview with John Lewis can be seen here.