Steve Zawistowski earned a Masters and Ph.D. in behavior-genetics at the University of Illinois. He has taught biology at Indiana University, psychology at St. John’ University and was awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Biology from the National Science Institute.
Dr. Zawistowski is an adjunct Professor at the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine and a certified applied animal behaviorist, chairing the Animal Behavior Society’s Board of Professional Certification.
Since 1988, Dr. Zawistowski has also been involved in many aspects involving animal welfare involving pets, zoo and laboratory animals at the ASPCA. He has been a founder or member of many committees, several of which are the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the Scientific Advisory Panel of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and the Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources committee to update the report on the Recognition and Alleviation of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals.
Dr. Zawistowski is a well known speaker and guest on television and radio on education, animal behavior and animal welfare issues. In 2008 he wrote Companion Animals in Society and with Lila Miller, he co-authored Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff in 2004.