Veterinarian and seasoned animal welfare executive Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA, is the president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. Dr. Weitzman joined the organization in May of 2012, and brings to the organization an impressive record of accomplishments from more than 20 years of experience in animal welfare. He has a true passion for animals and to serve as a community advocate, forging collaborations that support animals and the people who love them.
Prior to arriving at the San Diego Humane Society, Dr. Weitzman served as the president and CEO of The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). He began his role at WARL as its Medical Center Director in 2004 and assumed the role of president in 2008. During his tenure, he led the organization through a period of unprecedented growth. Since 2008, he has co-hosted The Animal House, public radio’s only nationally distributed program that explores the latest in animal science, pet health and behavior, and wildlife conservation. He continues his involvement with this program today.
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 in Maine, 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 licensed as a veterinarian in the states of California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, he is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), and he currently chairs the D.C. Board of Veterinary Medicine.