Chief Zoological Officer
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Dr. Christopher (Chris) Dold is the Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. In this role, Chris leads the company’s team of zoological professionals and oversees all animal programs, rescue and rehabilitation, science, conservation and education.
Dr. Dold proudly served as SEAs Vice President of Veterinary Services from 2008 until April 2016 and Senior Veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining the company, he was a National Academies- National Research Council Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, and completed a University of California-Davis Internship in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. Chris has co-authored several published studies and book chapters that help to advance the global scientific understanding of animals and their care.
Dr. Dold is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, European Association for Aquatic Mammals, and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Dr. Dold received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2019 Dr. Dold was honored to receive the National Humanitarian Award from American Humane. He and his family support Canine Companions for Independence as volunteer puppy raisers and through other service.