Stephen L. Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB Emeritus

Stephen L. Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB Emeritus served as a senior executive at the ASPCA for 26 years. “Dr. Z” is a well-known speaker on a number of animal behavior, shelter and animal welfare topics. He completed a PhD in behavior-genetics at the University of Illinois (1983) and was a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University. Dr. Z was certified as an 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, and an adjunct professor in the Animal Behavior and Conservation graduate program at Hunter College. He co-edited Animal Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff 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. He received public service awards from the USDOJ and USDA for his work on the Michael Vick dog fighting case.