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Animal Resources

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center conducts diverse animal-based research programs and provides specialized scientific resources, expertise and training opportunities for work with nonhuman primates (NHPs).

The Center maintains a colony of more than 3,000 monkeys (macaques, mangabeys and squirrel monkeys), 57 chimpanzees and nearly 10,000 rodents (mice, rats and voles) for use in behavioral and biomedical research and breeding programs.

The Yerkes animal care and use program is fundamental to the Yerkes’ mission and day-to-day operations. The care and use of animals at both our Main Center and Field Station are closely coordinated and monitored by the Division of Animal Resources, the Center Administration and the Emory University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Joyce Cohen, VMD, DACLAM, Associate Director for Animal Resources, directs the animal care and use program and reports directly to the Yerkes Director as well as to the Emory Institutional Official on animal welfare and IACUC matters.

The groundbreaking discoveries being made at Yerkes would not be possible without our dedication to the highest quality animal care and enrichment. Because of such dedication, Yerkes has maintained full accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), the gold standard of laboratory animal care, since 1984.

The Division of Animal Resources is responsible for all aspects of animal care and use, and provides both service and collaborative research support to internal and external investigators. Veterinarians and scientists within the division engage in a range of independent and collaborative research studies focusing on infectious diseases, transplant medicine, neuroscience, genetics, behavioral management, and clinical studies. The division also oversees several NHP clinical medicine intern and residency programs.

Yerkes has 12 full-time veterinarians, including the Attending Veterinarian as well as 2 veterinary residents and 1 veterinary fellow. Eight veterinarians are based at the Main Center and four at the Field Station while the residents and fellow rotate between both facilities. All veterinarians are cross-trained at both facilities and in all areas of research medicine.

Veterinarary Medicine

Joyce Cohen, VMD, DACLAM, Associate Director

Fawn Connor-Stroud, VMD, DACLAM

Maria Crane, DVM, Assistant Director, Yerkes Field Station

Kelly Ethun, DVM, PhD

Sherrie Jean, DVM, DACLAM

Joe Jenkins, DVM, DACLAM

Doty Kempf, DVM, DACLAM

Denyse Levesque, DVM

Devon Owens, DVM

Melissa Stovall, DVM

Elizabeth Strobert, DVM

Jennifer Wood, VMD, DACLAM

Animal Care Administration

Sunday Buge, Operations Manager, Main Center

Rachel Fest-Souder, Assistant Operations Manager, Main Center

Kathy Martinez-Kautz, Assistant Operations Manager, Main Center

Tracy Meeker, Colony Resources Manager

Julie Moran, Associate Operations Manager, Field Station

Mark Sharpless, Operations Manager, Field Station

Ronda Stavisky, PhD, Colony Director

Other Personnel

Mollie Bloomsmith, PhD, Head of Behavioral Management

Maureen Thompson, Environmental Health and Safety Officer

Melissa Truelove, Senior Socialization Specialist