Within the Yerkes Division of Animal Resources are the specialty areas of animal care, behavioral management, colony management, environmental health and safety, and veterinary services. Qualified personnel, including board-certified veterinarians and animal care supervisors and technicians, follow National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Emory’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee regulations and guidelines.
This Division also oversees the Nonhuman Primate Clinical Medicine Residency program. In 2007, the National Institutes of Health awarded Yerkes approximately $600,000 for four years to extend the residency program from two years to three years.
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, for 25 consecutive years.
Jim Else, DVM, a leading authority in conservation medicine, leads the division. Elizabeth Strobert, DVM, is Yerkes’ Chief Veterinarian. Other Yerkes veterinarians are Joyce Cohen, VMD, DACLAM, Fawn Connor-Stroud, DVM, Maria Crane, DVM, Joe Jenkins, DVM, Denyse Levesque, DVM, Jack Orkin, DVM and Karen Strait, DVM, DACLAM.