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Hansen takes helm at AZ Humane Society

The Arizona Humane Society has a new top dog.

Steven R. Hansen, DVM, a 30-year veteran of animal health and welfare, has been named chief executive officer of the Arizona Humane Society (AHS).

Hansen is a visionary, innovative leader who comes to AHS from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where he has spent the past 15 years, most recently as the organization’s chief operating officer. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Hansen was the director of Veterinary Research for Wellmark International in Illinois and also practiced clinical veterinary medicine in Houston and Chicago.

He serves on a variety of mission-critical boards, including the Morris Animal Foundation’s Animal Welfare Advisory Board, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Legislative Advisory Committee and on the executive committee of the American College of Animal Welfare. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University and an MS and MBA from the University of Illinois.

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