Kwane Stewart, DVM
Dr. Kwane Stewart joined American Humane in 2013 and serves as Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director of Humane Hollywood and its flagship “No Animals Were Harmed®” program. In his role, he provides visionary leadership and exemplary medical expertise for American Humane and a program that monitors the safety and welfare of more than 100,000 animal stars on more than 2,000 productions annually. Additionally, he serves as Chief Veterinary Officer for American Humane’s Red Star® Rescue & Emergency Services for Animals, which in 2016 is celebrating 100 years of rescuing animals from disasters.
A graduate of the renowned veterinary school, Colorado State University, Dr. Stewart graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and then began his career in San Diego in small animal medicine with an emphasis on emergency and critical care. He honed his skills for five years as an associate before being promoted to Chief Medical Officer for VETCO Hospitals Inc. where he provided oversight and leadership for over 40 vaccination clinics and six hospitals. In addition, he assisted in restructuring the company, handling negotiations and training personnel.
After five successful years with the company, his career took an unexpected turn. While visiting an animal shelter in Northern California in 2007 he learned they had been without a vet for nearly three years. Inspired by the challenge, Dr. Stewart was hired as the County Veterinarian of Stanislaus County, California. There, he gave daily care to over 400 animals at a municipal shelter ranked as one of the worst in the nation, suffering from massive pet overpopulation and euthanasia. Although he had never practiced welfare or shelter medicine, it was under his impressive guidance that a brand new state of the art shelter was constructed, the county’s first ever government sponsored spay/neuter clinic began service, and thousands of beloved pets were spared annually as he implemented numerous programs to lower the euthanasia rates and increase adoption.
It was during this period that Dr. Stewart says he truly began to shape many of his convictions on spay/neuter, proper animal care and the importance of the human animal bond. Although the work was difficult at times, he credits the shelter with opening his eyes and being the best thing that ever happened to his career.