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Doreen H. Bartlett, BS, AA, RVT, LATG

Senior Assurance Officer, OLAW, National Institutes of Health

presenter photoMs. Doreen H. Bartlett joined the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare in November 2012 as a Senior Assurance Officer with the Division of Assurances. Ms. Bartlett came to OLAW with thirty-six years of animal experience, twenty-two of those years in biomedical research involving animals. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland and an Associate of Arts in Veterinary Technology from Essex Community College. She is certified as a Laboratory Animal Technologist with the American Association for Laboratory Scientists (AALAS) as well as being certified as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with the AVMA in Maryland. In 1990, Ms. Bartlett came to the NIH as a contractor with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In 1996, Ms. Bartlett became the Government Manager of the NICHD Shared Facility and subsequently the Laboratory Facilities and Fisheries Manager for NICHD in 2002, managing a diversity of aquatic facilities including zebrafish and Xenopus as well as the 19,000 tank shared zebrafish facility on the Bethesda campus.

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Jennie Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Clinical Assistant Professor Associate Attending Veterinarian, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine University of Michigan Medical School

presenter photoDr. Lofgren received her veterinary and masters of comparative biomedical science degrees from Tufts University. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in comparative medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied the role of infectious disease in cancer development, as well as evaluating animal welfare refinements. Upon achieving ACLAM diplomate status, she pursued a visiting research fellowship with the Pain and Animal Welfare Science (PAWS) Group at Newcastle University where she engaged in analgesia research and provided clinical support. Following her time in England, Dr. Lofgren joined the University of Michigan's Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Attending Veterinarian of Practice Standards and Enrichment. Dr. Lofgren is a co-founder of the Refinement and Enrichment Advancement Laboratory, a collaborative lab engaging veterinarians, scientists, students, and technicians in analgesia, enrichment, and social housing research projects. She also serves as the enrichment and social housing committee veterinarian at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lofgren has published 12 journal articles and 2 book chapters in the fields of laboratory animal science and refinement and serves as a reviewer for numerous laboratory animal medicine, pain and analgesia, and refinement journals.

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Christina Nascimento, CPIA, MS

IACUC Manager, Office of Research Compliance & Administration, Brigham and Women's Hospital

presenter photoChristina Nascimento, MS, CPIA, is the IACUC Manager at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Christina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Science and Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Master’s degree at UMASS Amherst concentrating in Molecular Genetics, and holds a CPIA certification from PRIM&R. As IACUC Manager, Christina oversees IACUC Office operations, while also implementing an eIACUC system and is part of the team advising on a new state-of the art animal facility for the institution. Christina served on the Harvard Medical Area/School IACUC for over 10 years. After acting as the IACUC Inspection Officer at Harvard Medical School, Christina has over a decade of experience in IACUC policy and animal welfare, as well as managing a vast inspection program for dozens of animal facilities and satellites and hundreds of laboratory use areas. From her years as both an investigator and a veterinary technician, Christina has experience with a variety of species such as rodents, agricultural animals, aquatic species, cats, dogs, horses, and non-human primates. Outside of the office, Christina enjoys training young horses and is a licensed horseback riding instructor.

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Animal Well-Being and the Three Rs Track

Breakout Sessions – Series B

B1 - Managing Social Housing for Rodents and Rabbits

Friday, April 1

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Faculty(s):

Doreen H. Bartlett, BS, AA, RVT, LATG

Senior Assurance Officer, OLAW, National Institutes of Health

Jennie Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Clinical Assistant Professor Associate Attending Veterinarian, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine University of Michigan Medical School

Christina Nascimento, CPIA, MS

IACUC Manager, Office of Research Compliance & Administration, Brigham and Women's Hospital

According to the Guide, social species should be socially housed whenever possible; however, managing social housing in a large or complex colony can be very challenging and time consuming. This session will focus on experiences, best practices, and practical approaches to social housing, which is currently being scrutinized by AAALAC International and other entities. Attendees should have an understanding of the social housing requirements of the Guide, facility operations, the challenges faced with documenting social housing of large populations, and the acceptable reasons for exemptions to social housing before attending this session. During this session, faculty and attendees will:


  • Review how to successfully manage a social housing initiative for rodent and rabbit colonies
  • Share insight on developing standard operating procedures/policies and documentation for a social housing initiative for rodent and rabbit colonies
  • Discuss how to educate animal care and laboratory staff on social housing initiatives
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