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Thea Brabb, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Attending Veterinarian, Department of Comparative Medicine, University of Washington

Dr. Thea Brabb, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Brabb received her D.V.M. from the University of Illinois and after 7 years of private veterinary practice, entered a residency program in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Washington, completed a Ph.D., and became a Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. At the University of Washington, she participates in management of the Veterinary Services Unit, rotates as one of the senior faculty overseeing the veterinary care of the research animals, shares responsibility for the Department of Comparative Medicine teaching program, is the co-director of the University of Washington ACLAM Training Program, and actively participates in research. Her primary research interest is mouse models of autoimmunity and she currently is involved in projects investigating he role of infections on the development of inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. Dr. Brabb is the University of Washington’s Attending Veterinarian and in that role serves on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee and Infectious Waste Committee.

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Troy M. Hallman, MS, VMD, DACLAM

Director, Yale University

Troy Hallman, MS, VMD, DACLAM. Director, Office of Animal Research Support, Yale University. Dr. Hallman has been involved in laboratory animal medicine and animal research for nearly decades. At the University of Pennsylvania, a very large biomedical research and teaching institution, he was a practicing laboratory animal veterinarian, served as an IACUC member, and became an ACLAM Diplomate. Since 2008, Dr. Hallman has directed offices that provide administrative support IACUC and the research community--first at Penn, then since 2015 at Yale University. He has found that his years of experience as a lab animal veterinarian have been an asset in his current role in managing the regulatory compliance at his institutions.

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Breakout Sessions – Series B

B11 - Satellite Housing Areas: How to Ensure IACUC and Attending Veterinarian (AV) Oversight of Health and Well-Being

Friday, April 1

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Faculty(s):

Thea Brabb, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Attending Veterinarian, Department of Comparative Medicine, University of Washington

Troy M. Hallman, MS, VMD, DACLAM

Director, Yale University

Satellite housing areas (i.e., housing areas for animals not maintained within a centralized facility) are often necessary due to equipment needs, behavioral assays, sensitive tissue harvests, and space restrictions. However, these areas can become difficult for the IACUC and the AV to manage, may not provide the best environmental conditions for maintaining animals, may be inappropriately justified as a convenience for investigators, and may serve as a potential liability for institutional commitments to animal welfare. During this session, faculty and attendees will:


  • Discuss how programs can evaluate criteria for appropriate satellite housing justification
  • Explore how to develop and review satellite housing areas that are compatible with the need for animal comfort, health and welfare, veterinary care, biosecurity, and occupational health and safety measures
  • Review compliant centralized reporting mechanisms for animals maintained in approved satellite housing areas
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