Originally from Sydney, Australia, and currently residing in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. Louiza Chan is the South-Central region strategist with Best Friends Animal Society, working with organizations to increase, support and sustain capacity for lifesaving. Louiza received her veterinary medicine degree from the University of Sydney. Her shelter medicine experience spans externships to working with rescue groups and shelters while in private practice. She has an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School with a concentration in leadership development, and she received post-graduate training in behavior medicine through University of Sydney. She also holds the graduate certificate in shelter medicine from University of Florida and has been a faculty member ever since, sharing her enthusiasm for leadership and management with her students. Aside from practicing as a veterinarian, she served as a clinical director and associate head in academia. Her valuable time working in research solidified her underlying passion for animal welfare, her beliefs in the importance of the human-animal bond and that a cross-sector collaboration with a “One Health” emphasis is essential to the shared goals of animal welfare, veterinary and human health professionals. She has also worked as a consultant for municipal and nonprofit shelters in the Acadiana region and is a guest lecturer on data-driven decision making at LSU. She is proud to be part of Lafayette’s no-kill initiative and is passionate about working with organizations to re-imagine the way they tell their stories and connect with the community.