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

Chair
Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo

Members
Michael Adkesson, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Copper Aitken-Palmer
Heidi Bissell, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Meredith Clancy, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Anna Chaney, Memphis Zoo
Tangara Cross, Smithsonian National Zoo
Marietta Dindo Danforth, Zoo Atlanta
Louis DiVincenti, Seneca Park Zoo
Tina Dow, University of Central Florida
Alfonso Lopez, D.V.M., Dolphin Island
Michael Maslanka, Smithsonian National Zoo
Monica McDonald, Saint Louis Zoo
Anneka Moresco, Denver Zoo
Hayley Murphy, Zoo Atlanta
Gwen Myers, Zoo Miami
Yvonne Nadler, Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Kristin Spring, Oregon Zoo
John Sykes, D.V.M., Bronx Zoo
Clint Taylor, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Patrick Thomas, Bronx Zoo
Allison Tuttle, D.V.M., Dipl. A.C.Z.M., Mystic Aquarium
Michelle Willette, The Raptor Center

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

Board Liaison
Mark Penning, Disney's Animal Kingdom

AZA Staff Liaison
Steve Olson


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