Darin Collins, DVM

Andrea Gates Sanford


Our Vision

Global health initiatives require integrating animal, human and environmental health concerns at the community level.

The International Wildlife Veterinary Training Program (IVTP) focuses its work in Indonesia and combines the unique strengths of animal health programs from Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo with the Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA). Our goal is to enhance environmental management and leadership capacity in the tropics for healthy wildlife. Integrating basic medical care with environmental protection strategies focused in Southeast Asia, IVTP offers cutting-edge training and networking opportunities to support human and animal health, sustainable biodiversity and community welfare.

Redefining Success

We are connecting responsible science to social commitment. Our process builds sustainability through delivering practical scientific information to those who live and work in some of the world's most biodiverse areas. IVTP builds trust through networking and communication to establish sustainability for wildlife and their habitats and viable livelihoods for communities in remote areas of Southeast Asia.

We believe measurable success comes from integrating scientific knowledge with an understanding of cultural sensitivity and a commitment to societal expectations. Working together, we make our world healthier.


Darin Collins, DVM
Executive Director, Wildlife Health and Public Safety

darin.collins @ zoo.org

Dr. Darin Collins received his doctorate from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently Director of Animal Health Programs at the Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium. In this position, he directs the animal health and husbandry care for more than 2,000 individual animals, encompassing more than 300 species. He also leads and conducts conservation, research and training programs within the Department of Animal Health. Prior to the Director position, he was Associate Veterinarian at the zoo from 1991 to 2004.

Dr. Collins is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Zoo and Aquariums and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. He is the Veterinary Advisor Chair for the Bear and Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plans, leading development of preventive medicine programs and health assessments for these species. He serves as Adjunct Veterinary Faculty to the Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and has worked with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Field Veterinarian.

Dr. Collins is active in wildlife conservation and research. In 1999, he developed the Indonesian Veterinary Training Program (IVTP), supported by Woodland Park Zoo and in collaboration with the Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association. IVTP shares Woodland Park Zoo’s specialized knowledge of Asia’s endangered species with field veterinary health professionals throughout southeast Asia. Dr. Collins and IVTP have led in-country educational workshops focusing on wildlife health for over 1,000 veterinarians and sponsored additional training for delegations of southeast Asian veterinarians throughout the United States.

In 2007, he began a research sabbatical with New York-based, Wildlife Conservation Society to establish the Indonesian country program for GAINS (Global Avian Influenza Network for Surveillance), a program supported by the United States Agency for International Development and the United States Centers for Disease Control. During the two year in-country program, his research focus was the design, implementation and risk assessment of the zoonotic H5N1 avian influenza disease virus and its transmission in wild birds. He is a co-investigator on several clinical projects and co-author of scientific manuscripts on endangered species and field veterinary medicine and conservation.


Andrea Gates Sanford
Director, Communications and Development

Ms Sanford received her education at Oberlin College and the University of Michigan, studying literature and fine art, earning a BFA in graphic design. She is currently an MBA candidate (2011) at Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Washington State, pursuing her passion for sustainability through environmental responsiblity and social justice in business.

She has worked at Woodland Park Zoo in the conservation and animal health departments since 1997 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Snow Leopard Trust since 2005. She has been the owner of Watchdog Graphics Production since 1994, specializing in sustainability communications and project management.

From 1995 to 1996, she was full-time onsite Production Manager during the initial launch of Discovery Channel Online, an originally produced interactive publications network. Previous to starting her own business, she was production manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation managing several national publications.

Ms. Sanford has been working with Dr. Collins and the IVTP since 2004, helping to define and promote the mission of the organization.