Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Vint Virga

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
MacDowell Fellowships: 2011, 2012, 2019

As a veterinarian specialized in wild animal behavior, Dr. Vint Virga works as an advisor on wildlife conservation and welfare for nature preserves and refuges; zoological parks and gardens; animal care and welfare foundations; and governmental agencies. He teaches internationally at leading colleges and universities as well as environmental and animal symposia. Outside of clinical practice, he has served as an advisor to leading U.S. corporations; a veterinary liaison to the U.S. Congress; a climate leader with The Climate Reality Project; and an expert on legal and legislative issues concerning wildlife welfare and conservation.

Dr. Virga’s first book, The Soul of All Living Creatures, is a winner of the Silver Nautilus Award. As a writer, he posts a blog for Psychology Today and is an invited contributor to literary journals and consumer magazines. He has been profiled in The New York Times and featured on NPR Fresh Air, ABC World News, National Geographic Explorer, and PBS Nature. From his intimate work with endangered species, he brings to readers and audiences a wholly unique viewpoint on our relationship with other species and our shared future on this planet.



Vint Virga worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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