American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. Senator Melcher represents the public’s perspective.


Fred W. Quimby, VMD, PhD, is a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian, with a doctorate in pathology, specialized in the assessment of immune function in animals. Prior to his retirement in 2007 he was Associate Vice President at Rockefeller University, while over the past 35 years he oversaw the research animal programs at three Universities (Tufts, Cornell, and Rockefeller) and held the position of Professor at Cornell’s Colleges of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He conducted research and lectured in the fields of immunology, pathology and environmental toxicology where he focused his research on toxic shock syndrome, environmental intoxication with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and immune dysfunction in pet dogs. As a laboratory animal professional he has designed and overseen the construction of five animal facilities for research animals and a zoological park. Dr. Quimby has had broad experience with a wide assortment of laboratory animals including rodents, dogs, primates, livestock, poultry, and fish, and published on the diseases, care, and /or housing of each of them. He has served on various NAS/NRC committees including the Guide committee, the Committee on Immunologically Compromised Rodents (Chair), the Transgenic Animal Committee, the Committee to Develop Standards for Dogs (Chair), the Monoclonal Antibody Production Committee, and the Committee Evaluating Increasing Veterinary Involvement in Biomedical Research. He served as a member of the ILAR Council and chaired the Editorial Committee of the ILAR News. He is currently serving as a member of the Committee to Assess the Current and Future Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. He was a charter member of the Society for Veterinary Ethics, a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Biomedical Research and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for AAALAC International.


Patricia V. Turner, MS, DVM, DVSc, is Associate Professor and Program Leader of Laboratory Animal Science in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, Canada, where she also is currently Chair of the Animal Care Committee. She has a doctorate in comparative pathology and is a Diplomate of both the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. Turner has experience managing Canadian Council of Animal Care–compliant animal facilities that house a full range of species (fish, rodents and rabbits, dogs and cats, swine and sheep, nonhuman primates) in both academic and industry (GLP) settings. Dr. Turner serves as an AAALAC international ad hoc specialist with excellent knowledge of current US guidelines and



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