Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Avian, exotic and wildlife medicine


Following completion of a residency in avian, exotic and wildlife medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Parker joined the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences  in July 2003. She is a Diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian). 

Academic Credentials

  • BSc and DVM, University of Guelph
  • MVetSc, University of Saskatchewan
  • Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian)

Research Interests

Dr. Parker's research involves avian, exotic and wildlife medicine including projects related to avian renal portal system, ferret diseases and the rabbit's gastrointestinal system.


  • Siddle, M.R., Hanak, E., Parker, D.L., Desprez, I.  2020.  Cholecystectomy for the treatment of enterococcal cholecystitis and cholelithiasis in an inland bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps): A case report.  Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 35: 64-68.  https://www.doi.org/10.1053/j.jepm.2020.08.004

  • Desprez, I., Donnelly, T.M., Mayousse, V., Thibaud, J.-L., Parker, D.L., Pignon, C.  2019.  A case of otitis interna in a ferret (Mustela putorius furo).  Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 31: 104-107.  https://www.doi.org/10.1053/j.jepm.2019.08.003

  • Dombrowski, E., McGregor, G.F., Bauer, B.S., Parker, D., Grahn, B.H.  2016.  Blindness in a wild American black bear cub (Ursus americanus).  Veterinary Ophthalmology, 19(4): 340-346.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vop.12303

  • Parker, D., Sniatynski, M.K., Mandrusiak, D., Rubin, J.E.  2016.  Extended-spectrum β-lactamase producing Escherichia coli isolated from wild birds in Saskatoon, Canada.  Letters in Applied Microbiology, 63(1): 11-15. https://www.doi.org/10.1111/lam.12589

  • Gardiner, L.E., Somers, C.M., Martino, J.A., Parker, D.L., Poulin, R.G.  2013.  Balancing the dumbbell: Summer habitats need protection in addition to winter dens for northern snake communities. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 77(5): 975-982.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.555

  • Fortney, A.N., Poulin, R.G., Martino, J.A., Parker, D.L., Somers, C.M.  2012.  Proximity to hibernacula and road type influence potential road mortality of snakes in southwestern Saskatchewan. The Canadian Field-Naturalist. 126(3): 194-203.  https://doi.org/10.22621/cfn.v126i3.1360

  • Martino, J.A., Poulin, R.G., Parker, D.L., Somers, C.M.  2012.  Habitat selection by grassland snakes at northern range limits: Implications for conservation. The Journal Of Wildlife Management, 76(4): 759-767.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.313