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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) and nearly 10,000 rodents (mice, rats and voles) for use in behavioral and biomedical research and breeding programs.

The Division of Animal Resources is responsible for all aspects of animal care and management, and provides both service and collaborative research support to internal and external investigators.

Joyce Cohen, VMD, DACLAM, Associate Director for Animal Resources and Attending Veterinarian, 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.

Yerkes has 12 full-time veterinarians, including the Attending Veterinarian, as well as two veterinary residents and one veterinary fellow. Residents and fellows rotate between both facilities. All veterinarians are cross-trained at both facilities and in all areas of research medicine.

Veterinarians and scientists within the division engage in a range of independent and collaborative research studies focusing on clinical care, colony management and behavioral management, as well as on infectious diseases, transplant medicine, neuroscience and genetics. The division also oversees several NHP clinical medicine intern and residency programs.

The animal care and use program is fundamental to the Yerkes’ mission, day-to-day operations and animal welfare. Yerkes’ Division of Animal Resources, Center Administration and Emory University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) work closely to coordinate the care and management of animals at both Yerkes locations.

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.


Veterinary Medicine

Joyce Cohen, VMD, DACLAM, Associate Director

Fawn Connor-Stroud, DVM, DACLAM, Assistant Division Chief

Maria Crane, DVM, Assistant Director, Yerkes Field Station

Kelly Ethun, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, Associate Veterinarian

Sherrie Jean, DVM, DACLAM, Associate Veterinarian

Joe Jenkins, DVM, MS, DACLAM, Associate Veterinarian

Doty Kempf, DVM, DACLAM, Associate Veterinarian

Denyse Levesque, DVM, Associate Veterinarian, Associate Director of Residency Program

Devon Owens, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Rachelle Stammen, DVM, DACLAM, Associate Veterinarian

Melissa Stovall, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Chelsea Wallace, DVM, Clinical Veterinarian

Jennifer Wood, VMD, DACLAM, Chief of Clinical Operations


Animal Care Administration

Sunday Buge, Operations Manager, Main Center

Denise Bonenberger, Associate Operations Manager, Main Center

Kathy Martinez-Kautz, Associate Operations Manager, Main Center

Julie Moran, Associate Operations Manager, Field Station

Mark Sharpless, Operations Manager, Field Station


 

Behavioral Management

Mollie Bloomsmith, PhD, Head of Behavioral Management

Jaine Perlman, Manager

 

Colony Management

Brianne Breisner, PhD, Associate Research Professor and Field Station Colony Director

Tracy Meeker, Colony Resources Manager

Jacklyn Ramsey, Breeding Colony Coordinator

 

Other Personnel

Maureen Thompson, Environmental Health and Safety Officer

Patreia Jones, Supervisor of Animal Records

Stephanie Ehnert, Manager of Research Services