Open Forum for Laboratory Animal Veterinarians

Tuesday, March 20
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: Madison

Laboratory animal veterinarians in the United States are in a unique position compared to many of their colleagues in other countries in that they have been granted a tremendous amount of responsibility and authority for managing their institutions’ animal care and use programs. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Valerie K. Bergdall, DVM, DACLAM

Institutional Attending Veterinarian; Professor, Clinical Veterinary Preventive Medicine; Director, University Laboratory Animal Resources, The Ohio State University

Valerie K. Bergdall, DVM, DACLAM, is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians and serves as the attending veterinarian at The Ohio State University (OSU) and as a clinical professor in Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She received her veterinary degree at Purdue University, completed a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Michigan, and joined OSU in 1994. Dr. Bergdall became the director of the centralized biomedical animal facilities at OSU in 2007 and currently oversees a staff of six veterinarians and approximately 75 animal care staff. She is actively engaged in a working group of ACLAM Diplomates addressing the regulatory burden associated with the animal care and use program, and co-authored a recent editorial in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal on this subject. Her first-hand experience in dealing with fall-out from the "Age of Enforcement" and a public institution's response to this scrutiny lend insight into the development of self-imposed regulatory burden. In addition, she serves as an AAALAC International ad hoc consultant, and study section grant reviewer for the NIH Office of the Director's Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities. In her spare time, she can be found rollerblading at the local metro parks or walking her Golden Retriever - both at the same time just did not work!


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Jennie Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Head of Animal Welfare

Jennie Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM, recently joined Novartis as the Global Head of Animal Welfare. She continues to engage in 3Rs research as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Michigan Medical School as she just spent 5 years serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Associate Attending Veterinarianof Practice Standards and Enrichment at the University of Michigan Medical School. While at the University, Dr. Lofgren co-founded the Refinement and Enrichment Advancement Laboratory and served as the enrichment and social housing committee veterinarian. Dr. Lofgren has published 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. She 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. Upon achieving ACLAM diplomate status, she completed a visiting research fellowship with the Pain and Animal Welfare Science Group at Newcastle University, where she engaged in analgesia research and provided clinical support.


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