Animal Health Committee

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 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

Sharon Deem, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. A.C.Z.M., Saint Louis Zoo

Vice Chair
Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo

Kelly Lessard, Minnesota Zoological Garden

Board Liaison
Bert Castro, Phoenix Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison
Steve Olson

Committee Members
Heidi Bissell, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment
Copper Aitken-Palmer, Ph.D., D.V.M., Dipl. A.C.Z.M, CZS (R&E SAG Liaison)
Diana Boon, D.V.M., Denver Zoo
Marietta Dindo Danforth, Zoo Atlanta
Louis DiVincenti, Seneca Park Zoo
Andi Kornak, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Alfonso Lopez, D.V.M., Dolphin Island
Monica McDonald, Saint Louis Zoo  (Reproductive Management Center Liaison)
Randi Meyerson, Toledo Zoo
Anneka Moresco, Denver Zoo
Gwen Myers, Zoo Miami
Julie Napier, D.V.M., Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Laura Peirson, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Geoff Pye, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Dipl. A.C.Z.M., Disney's Animal Kingdom
Kristin Spring, Oregon Zoo
Meg Sutherland-Smith, D.V.M., San Diego Zoo
John Sykes, D.V.M., Bronx Zoo
Allison Tuttle, D.V.M., Dipl. A.C.Z.M., Mystic Aquarium
Margarita Woc Colburn, D.V.M., Nashville Zoo

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