Stephen Zawistowski

Bearded man with gray hair and glasses sits on couch with a medium dog in his lap; both appear to smile into the camera

Stephen L. Zawistowski spent 26 years as a senior executive at the ASPCA, where he is currently Science Advisor Emeritus.  “Dr. Z” is a well-known speaker on a number of animal shelter and animal welfare topics.  He is a certified applied animal behaviorist and chaired the Animal Behavior Society’s Board of Professional Certification from 1998-2007, is founding co-editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, adjunct professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Animal Behavior and Conservation graduate program at Hunter College.  He co-edited Animal Shelter Medicine with Dr. Lila Miller (2004) and the second edition in 2013, co-authored a history of the ASPCA, Heritage of Care with Marion Lane (2008) and authored a textbook Companion Animals in Society (2008).  Dr. Z served on the ACC&D Board of Directors for eight years (2005-2013), including multiple years as Board Chair.

Bio obtained from ACC&D.