Wildlife Veterinarian and Postdoctoral Researcher
Wildlife conservation
Contact details

Institute of Zoology
ZSL, Regent's Park

Tel: 02074496644

Katharina's main area of interest is wildlife conservation.

In particular, Katharina focuses on infectious and non-infectious diseases that pose threats to free-ranging wildlife populations, their pathologic and epidemiologic characteristics, and the role of human-wildlife interactions in disease emergence and potential species declines.

Current Projects:

Garden Wildlife Health (GWH)

Garden Wildlife Health is a collaborative project between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which aims to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats to, British wildlife. Our particular focus is on garden birds, amphibians, reptiles, and hedgehogs. For this we count on the help of the public to submit reports of sick or dead wildlife and to submit samples for analysis.

Further information on GWH

Professional history
  • 2016–Present: Wildlife Veterinarian and Postdoctoral Researcher, Garden Wildlife Health, Institute of Zoology, ZSL
  • 2012–2016: Ph.D. "Pathological Characteristics of the Endotheliotropic Elephant Herpes Virus in Asian Elephants", Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (APHA), University of Surrey, Faculty of Health and Medical Science, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Wildlife Veterinarian Volunteer, South Africa
  • 2015: Wildlife Veterinary Course and Practical Experience, South Africa
  • 2011–2012: Veterinarian at a mixed animal practice, Austria
  • 2010: Veterinary Traineeship at Blijdorp Zoo, Netherlands
  • 2010: Veterinary Externternship at Gelsenkirchen Zoo "ZOOM Erlebniswelt", Germany
  • 2008: Volunteer at the Game Capture Farm "Bundox", South Africa
  • 2008: Game Capture and Care Course, Game Capture School, South Africa 
  • 20032011: Magister Medicinae Veterinariae, majoring in Conservation Medicine,Veterinary University Vienna, Austria
  • Member: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Folly, A.J., Lawson, B., Lean, F.Z., McCracken, F., Spiro, S., John, S.K., Heaver, J.P., Seilern-Moy, K., Masters, N., Hernández-Triana, L.M. & Phipps, L.P. (2020) Detection of Usutu virus infection in wild birds in the United Kingdom, 2020. Eurosurveillance 25(41), 2001732.

Seilern-Moy, K., Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez, J., Macgregor, S.K., John, S.K., Linton, C., Cunningham, A.A. & Lawson, B. (2019) Fatal phaeohyphomycosis due to Exophiala sp. infection in a free-living common toad Bufo bufoDiseases of Aquatic Organisms 133(1), 19-24.

Seilern-Moy, K., Vielgrader, H., Gerritsmann, H. & Walzer, C. (2017) Radiography in the field: Assessing a lightweight, handheld, battery-powered dentistry unit for field diagnostic applications. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48(1), 31-39.

Dastjerdi, A., Seilern-Moy, K., Darpel, K., Steinbach, F. & Molenaar, F. (2016) Survival and fatal elephant edotheliotropic herpesvirus-1A infections in juvenile Asian elephants – lessons learned and recommendations on anti-viral therapy. BMC Veterinary Research 12(1), 178.

Seilern-Moy, K., Darpel, K., Steinbach, F. & Dastjerdi, A. (2016) Distribution and load of elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses in tissues from associated fatalities of Asian elephants. Journal of Virus Research 220, 91–96.

Seilern-Moy, K., Bertelsen, M.F., Leifsson, P.S., Perrin, K.L., Haycock, J. & Dastjerdi, A. (2015) Fatal elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus-1 and -4 co-infection in a juvenile Asian elephant in Europe. JMM Case Rep. 3(2).

Furuse, Y., Dastjerdi, A., Seilern-Moy, K., Steinbach, F. & Cullen, B.R. (2014) Analysis of viral microRNA expression by elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus 1. J Virol. 454-455, 102–8.

Gerritsmann, H., Stalder, G.L., Seilern-Moy, K., Knauer, F. & Walzer, C. (2012) Comparison of S(+)-ketamine and ketamine, with medetomidine, for field anaesthesia in the European brown hare (Lepus europaeus). Vet Anaesth Analg. 39(5), 511–519.