Our People

We don’t just like animals, we love them. We believe animals make the world a better place. Animals are our family members, our companions and our inspiration. Whether we work on staff, serve as board members or volunteer as scientific advisers, each of us strives every day to make the world a brighter place for animals — and those who love them.

Meet Our Leadership and Operations Team

Senior Scientific Programs Team

Kelly Diehl
DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM
Senior Director of Science and Communications
Liz Nahon
DVM
Senior Director of Scientific Grants Program
Missy Simpson
DVM, PhD
Staff Scientist/Veterinary Epidemiologist
Rod Page
DVM, MS
Principle Investigator, Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Our Dedicated Board of Trustees

Officers

Walter George
Chair of Board
David R. Morris
JD, MBA
Vice Chair
Deborah Davenport
DVM, MS, DACVIM
Secretary
Colin Giles
BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS
Treasurer
Amy Eagle Thompson
Robert C. Gain Jr.

Members

Lee Cohn
Amy Hunkeler
DVM, DAVCO, MBA
Patrick Long
DVM
Jonna Mazet
DVM, MPVM, PhD
Jay Mesinger
Bette Morris
PhD
Cynthia Morris
Vern Norviel
David Petrie
Chuck Stephens
Bill Sutherland
Stanley Teeter
DVM

Presidents Emeriti

Betty White Ludden
Tom Sullivan
Cheryl Wagner

Trustees Emeriti

Arlene Klein
Alan Kalter
Richard Gebhardt
Lester Fisher, DVM
Sue Ane Langdon Emrek
Jim Dickie
Robert Detterman
Mrs. Robert V. Clark Jr.
R. Anthony Chamblin
Cheryl Wagner
Mark Carter, PhD
Mary Silkworth
Roger Bohart
Ken Rosenthal
Lewis Berman, DVM
Peter Rhulen
Erik Bergishagen
Dennis Murphy
G. Marvin Beeman, DVM
Dayle Marsh
Eve Anderson
Daniel Marsh Jr.

Elite Scientists Serve on our Advisory Boards

Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Sharon L. Deem
DVM, PhD, DACZM
Saint Louis Zoo
Expertise:
Conservation Medicine and Epidemiology
Robert H. Poppenga
DVM, PhD, DABVT
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Toxicology
Cynthia R. Smith
DVM
National Marine Mammal Foundation
Expertise:
Marine Mammal Health and Conservation
Sathya K. Chinnadurai
DVM, MS, DACZM, DACVAA, DACAW
Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and University of Illinois
Expertise:
Zoological Medicine, Anesthesia
Raina K. Plowright
BVSc(Hons), PhD
Montana State University
Expertise:
Infectious Disease and Epidemiology
Valerie McKenzie
PhD
University of Colorado, Boulder
Expertise:
Microbiology and Microbiome
Bridgett M. vonHoldt
PhD
Princeton University
Expertise:
Genomics and Genetics
Denise McAloose
VMD, DACVP
Wildlife Conservation Society
Expertise:
Pathology
Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Nicola J. Mason
PhD, BVetMed, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania
Expertise:
Immunotherapy of Cancer
Joshua Stern
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Cardiology, Genetics
Linda Kidd
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
Western University of Health Sciences
Expertise:
Vector-borne and Immune-mediated Diseases
Ned Patterson
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
University of Minnesota
Expertise:
Endocrinology, Medical Neurology and Genetics
Carlos Souza
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVS
University of Florida
Expertise:
Surgical Oncology
Jan Suchodolski
MedVet, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVM
Texas A&M University
Expertise:
Gastroenterology, Microbiome
Jody Gookin
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
North Carolina State University
Expertise:
Gastroenterology and Infectious Disease
Lauren Trepanier
DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Expertise:
Pharmacogenetics and Clinical Pharmacology
Barbara Davis
VMD, PhD, DACVP
Innogenics
Expertise:
Pathology, Genomics, Oncology
Joshua Daniels
DVM, PhD, DACVM (Bacteriology/Mycology)
Colorado State University
Expertise:
Diagnostic Microbiology
Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Lauren V. Schnabel
DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
North Carolina State University
Expertise:
Surgery
Annette McCoy
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS
University of Illinois
Expertise:
Genetics, Surgery and Musculoskeletal
Terje Raudsepp
PhD
Texas A&M University
Expertise:
Reproduction and Genetics
Ramiro E. Toribio
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
The Ohio State University
Expertise:
Endocrinology and Internal Medicine
Frank M. Andrews
DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
Louisiana State University
Expertise:
Gastric Ulcer Disease, Endocrine, Neurologic Diseases, Laminitis
Brandy A. Burgess
DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM), DACVPM
The University of Georgia
Expertise:
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Infection Control and Biosecurity, Diagnostics
Marcio Costa
DVM, PhD
University of Montreal
Expertise:
Microbiome
Animal Welfare Advisory Board
Chair: Kelly A. Metcalf Pate
DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Expertise:
Animal Welfare and Laboratory Animal Medicine
Joanne Paul-Murphy
DVM, DACZM, DACAW
University of California, Davis
Expertise:
Zoo Animal Medicine and Welfare
Randall Lockwood
PhD
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Expertise:
Behavior and Welfare
Candace Croney
PhD
Purdue University
Expertise:
Animal Welfare Science, Behavior, and Well-Being
Lydia Hopper
PhD
Lincoln Park Zoo
Expertise:
Wildlife and Zoo Animal Medicine and Welfare
Courtney Hunter
DVM, PhD
University of Michigan
Expertise:
Large Animal Medicine and Welfare