Animal Health Committee

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Animal Health Committee Mission

  • Ensures high quality and comprehensive animal health care in all AZA institutions
  • Drafts and reviews health related guidelines and policies as requested by the AZA Board, SAGS and AZA programs
  • Responds to emerging diseases issues by drafting protocols, guidelines and recommendations for AZA institutions
  • Provides review of research or conservation proposals for CEF and other granting bodies and works with the Accreditation Commission on development and/or review of health related accreditation standards
  • Acts as a liaison between AZA, AAZV, and animal health regulatory agencies, such as USDA and CDC
  • Oversees the Veterinary Advisors Group, a subcommittee of the AHC that provides general support and guidance to SSP and TAG veterinary advisors, appoints and certifies the advisors, and establishes performance standards


Pam Dennis, D.V.M., Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Kelly Lessard, Minnesota Zoological Garden
E. Scott Weber, Lake Victorian Cichlid SSP
Dr. David Stelling, Texas State Aquarium
Nancy Carpenter, Utah's Hogle Zoo 

Board Liaison:

Tom Schmid, Texas State Aquarium

AZA Staff Liaisons:

Steve Olson

Committee Members:

Diana Boon, D.V.M., Denver Zoo
Joe Christman, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Kim Cook, D.V.M., Akron Zoo
Sharon Deem, D.V.M., Ph.D., Saint Louis Zoo
Curtis Eng, D.V.M., Los Angeles Zoo
Andi Kornak, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Tim Mullican, D.V.M., Georgia Aquarium
Hayley Murphy, D.V.M., Zoo Atlanta
Yvonne Nadler, D.V.M., Lincoln Park Zoo
Geoff Pye, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Dipl. A.C.Z.M., San Diego Zoo Global
Gary West, D.V.M., The Phoenix Zoo