Animal Health Committee


  • 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 CGF 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

John Sykes, Bronx Zoo

Vice Chair
Gwen Myers, Zoo Miami

Michael Adkesson, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Julie Barnes, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
Heidi Bissell, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Anna Chaney, Memphis Zoo
Marietta Danforth, Detroit Zoo
Tina Dow, University of Central Florida
Travis Goebel, ZooMontana
Gwen Myers, Zoo Miami
Alicia Rich, Otterbein University
Carlos R. Sanchez, Oregon Zoo
Todd Schmitt, SeaWorld San Diego
Kristin Spring, Oregon Zoo
John Sykes, Bronx Zoo
Michelle Willette, The Raptor Center
Lindsey Williamson, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Board Liaison
Megan Ross, Ph.D., Lincoln Park Zoo

Committee Liaison
Monica McDonald, Saint Louis Zoo
Christine Molter, Houston Zoo
Margarita Woc Colburn, Nashville Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison
Erika Bauer

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