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 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

Geoff Pye, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Dipl. A.C.Z.M., Disney's Animal Kingdom

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

Kelly Lessard, Minnesota Zoological Garden

Board Liaison
Jim Anderson, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison
Steve Olson

Committee Members
Mary Agnew, Ph.D., (Reproductive Management Center Liaison)
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
Paul Calle, V.M.D., Bronx Zoo
Kim Cook, D.V.M., Akron Zoo
Andi Kornak, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Alfonso Lopez, D.V.M., Dolphin Island
Julie Napier, D.V.M., Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
William Rapley, D.V.M., Toronto Zoo
Debra Schmidt, Ph.D., Saint Louis 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
Gary West, D.V.M., The Phoenix Zoo
Margarita Woc Colburn, D.V.M., Nashville Zoo

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