Course Instructors

Kim K. Haddad, DVM

Kim K. Haddad, DVM currently works as Medical Director for VCA San Mateo and San Carlos Animal Hospitals. She has been providing veterinary medical care for dogs, cats and a wide variety of wild and exotic animals for more than 20 years. Prior to joining VCA, she owned and managed three small animal hospitals and an Emergency Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as a dog daycare, professional pet grooming salon and boutique for high-quality foods and pet supplies. Dr. Haddad also provided veterinary care for California native wildlife at Coyote Point Museum, an AZA Accredited facility and served as a relief veterinarian at the San Francisco Zoo for many years. She also worked as a small animal veterinarian at the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens. Dr. Haddad served as medical director for Another Life for Animals, a domestic dog and cat rescue and shelter organization. She was the founder of the Kimya Institute for Animal Welfare and manager of the Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition, which have both now come under the GFAS umbrella as the Captive Wild Animal Protection Campaign. She also served as an advisor to the American Zoological Association Animal Welfare Committee, and as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians. She maintains membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. She currently serves as the GFAS Vice Chair of the Board and Chairs the GFAS Accreditation Committee.

She received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997 from the University of Florida. Dr. Haddad is a San Francisco native, and resides in the Bay Area with her two rescued dogs, Finn and Ferb.


Ian Robinson, FRCVS, DVM

Ian Robinson graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in the UK in 1975 and started his career in general veterinary practice.  He ran a mixed, mainly agricultural practice in the North of England until 1990.

Following his passion for the rehabilitation and release of wildlife casualties, he then joined the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to open what was to become the largest hospital dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation and release in Europe, receiving more than 6,000 casualties of over 200 species annually.

In 2003 Ian moved to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as Director of Animal Rescue, moving to their headquarters in Massachusetts, USA in 2006. Ian has attended many animal welfare emergencies and worked with sanctuaries and rescue centers for many different species around the world.   From 2012 to 2016, he served as IFAW’s Vice President for Animal Welfare and Conservation, after which he retired from full-time work.

Ian served on the Board of Directors of GFAS from its inception until his retirement in 2016 and retains an active interest in GFAS and the welfare of animals in sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers.

Ian is a registered veterinarian in the State of Massachusetts, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) in the UK.