Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
Gary Weitzman, DVM, joined the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA in May 2012. He is a licensed veterinarian and an accomplished animal welfare professional with more than 20 years of experience. Serving as a community advocate is very important to Dr. Weitzman and he is committed to collaborating with individuals, rescue groups and organizations to identify innovative solutions to do more for animals and their people. A significant focus for Dr. Weitzman and the San Diego Humane Society is a new initiative called “Getting to Zero” and it involves a comprehensive plan to save the life of every healthy and treatable animal in San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition shelters.
Prior to his current role at the San Diego Humane Society, Dr. Weitzman was the president and CEO of The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL), where he led a large, urban, homeless animal rehabilitation and adoption center through a period of unprecedented growth. During his tenure at WARL, Dr. Weitzman was instrumental in guiding the organization into becoming a national resource for disaster and puppy mill rescues and a major resource for other animal shelters nationwide.
Dr. Weitzman’s background also includes serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1993 to 2001, and as practice owner of a companion animal hospital in Burlingame, CA from 1997 to 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and English from Colby College, a Masters in Public Health degree in International Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Weitzman is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), and he presently serves on the boards of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), the Hill’s Science Diet Shelter Advisory Board, and chairs the Best Practices Committee of the National Federation of Humane Societies. He has one book for kids in publication by National Geographic, called “Everything Dogs,” and another titled “How to Speak Dog” to be released in fall of 2013. Weitzman is the co-host of The Animal House, a nationally distributed weekly program on public radio that explores the latest in animal science, pet health and behavior, and wildlife conservation.