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Environmental Factor, February 2013

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Laber named head of Comparative Medicine Branch

Kathy Laber, D.V.M.

Newly appointed CMB Chief Laber (Photo courtesy of MUSC)

NIEHS Scientific Director Darryl Zeldin, M.D., announced Jan. 22 that Kathy Laber, D.V.M., will join NIEHS as chief of the Comparative Medicine Branch (CMB), attending veterinarian, and animal program director.

Currently, Laber is a professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and director of the Laboratory of Animal Resources for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Laber received her D.V.M. in 1984 from Michigan State University and completed her residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She also completed a master's in molecular and cellular pathobiology at Wake Forest University in 1988.

Throughout her career, Laber has been active in many national and international organizations within her field. She is the immediate past president of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, an educational organization that serves a membership of 13,000 professionals dedicated to supporting quality animal research.

Laber served as president of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). In her 16 years with AAALAC she conducted more than 170 site visits in the U.S. and abroad. She has also served on the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the Association of VA Veterinary Medical Officers. Additionally, she was a primary reviewer for the multimillion dollar National Defense sponsored project, “Study of Potential Benefits of Assistive Dogs for Veterans with Mental Health Diagnoses, and she is now serving on the Safety and Data Monitoring Board for the project.

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