Dr. Murray E. Fowler

Professor Emeritus of Zoological Medicine,
University of California
Veterinarian for the Sacramento Zoo

The first patient that Dr. Murray Fowler treated as a veterinarian was a camel, and that was on the set of a movie called The Ten Commandments which was directed by the famous C.B. DeMille. Murray Fowler grew up on a small farm in Utah. A degree in Animal Husbandry at Utah State University preceded his professional DVM degree from Iowa State University. Three years were spent in a horse practice in Southern California prior to joining the faculty of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis in 1958. After 10 years of teaching in the area of large animal medicine and surgery, he was asked to develop a program in Zoological Medicine (captive, free-ranging and privately owned wild animals), the first of its kind anywhere in the world. He was the Veterinarian for the Sacramento, California Zoo for 35 years. He was an editor, author or co-author of 19 books and 217 professional papers.