The AAZK Diversity Committee will serve as a resource regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in AAZK and the animal care field as a whole. The primary focus will be on increasing the presence of underrepresented groups in the animal care profession, with an emphasis on animal care professionals, and promoting full inclusion in all facets of their career. The team will assist the association in improving diversity statements and activities, establish baselines for tracking improvements of diversity in the profession, and encourage communication on topics related to DEI with the membership.


The AAZK AAZK Diversity Committee strives to increase opportunities to diversify the animal care profession by encouraging the recruitment, development, mentoring, and retention of animal keepers from all backgrounds.


Encouraging & developing an inclusive community that represents people from all groups and backgrounds.

Board Oversight

Sarah Snider

Committee Chair

Hilary Colton