2013 Webinar: Career Paths Animal Care and Use

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There are many pathways into the animal care and use professions, but the steps necessary to advance a career in the field are rarely clearly defined. As a special educational offering for 2013 Member Appreciation Month, we invited some of our favorite members of the PRIM&R community to talk about building a career in animal care and use.

The speakers described their own professional trajectories and discussed obstacles faced and conquered, and valuable lessons learned in the process. They also shared information about networking and finding mentors, and offered various other career advancement tips, including opportunities available through PRIM&R.


Michael T. Fallon, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, CPIA
Michael T. Fallon is the chief veterinary medical officer in the Office of Research and Development at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the attending veterinarian in the veterinary medical unit at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr. Fallon is an associate professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Fallon received his DVM degree from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, and his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also completed a NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in laboratory animal medicine as part of his post-graduate training. Dr. Fallon’s military service included an Army Commendation Medal and military occupational specialty 91T, veterinary technician E-5. Dr. Fallon earned his CPIA certification in 2007 and presently serves as a member of the Council for Certified Professional IACUC Administrators.

Bruce W. Kennedy, MS, RLATG, CMAR, CPIA
Bruce W. Kennedy is the compliance associate at the California State Polytechnic University, where he administers both the lab animal and the human subjects research committees. Bruce obtained his CMAR certification in 2006, and became CPIA certified in 2009. After receiving his LATG certification, he developed a 15-week course on animal nutrition for a junior college, presented outreach talks to RVT students and children at career days, and written on the subject of training and management. Bruce holds memberships in many AALAS branches, LAMA, LAWTE (now its president), and PRIM&R. He is a recipient of the B&K IAT award, the AALAS George R. Collins Award for training and educating in laboratory animal science, and the Purina lab animal tech award. Currently, he serves as an ad hoc specialist with AAALAC, International, and is a past president of AALAS.

Natalie Mays, BA, LATG, CPIA
Natalie Mays is the director of the office of the IACUC and IBC at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). Prior to joining the team at NYULMC, Natalie was the IACUC Director at Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center. There she was responsible for the administrative management of the IACUC for a large animal care and use program. She has been involved with the work of IACUCs since 1988, and has served on various IACUCs as the regulatory compliance and training coordinator in northeast Ohio. Natalie is actively involved in PRIM&R as a member of PRIM&R’s Diversity Task Force. She has been active in American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the local and national levels serving on various committees.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance for the Career Paths: Advancing in Animal Care and Use Professions webinar were made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not Continuing Medical Education credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

If you would like to receive a certificate of attendance for a previous PRIM&R educational program, please email info@primr.org or call 617.423.4112, ext. 0.