Inspector of the Year: Veterinary

William Foster, DVM, President & CEO, Birmingham Zoo

Dr. William Foster received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of South Florida and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Science degrees from Tuskegee University. He has been the President & CEO of the Birmingham Zoo since 2004. Bill has led the Birmingham Zoo to record attendance and the Zoo was named the number one tourist attraction in the State of Alabama by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.  Under Dr. Foster’s tenure, the Zoo is living up to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ tough accreditation standards, which only the very best zoos in the United States achieve. Foster, a leading zoo management authority on the national scene, is past president of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as well as past chair of the AZA Accreditation Commission. He has also participated as an accreditation inspector on 28 teams since 1985, serving as chair on 13 occasions. In addition to AZA, Dr. Foster is involved in numerous other efforts, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a worldwide effort to preserve the endangered mountain gorilla of Africa for future generations.  He is a past president of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, and has published several academic articles on veterinary medicine during his career.

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