Lab Rat Chat

20. Chatting with Dr. Sally Thompson-Iritani

April 07, 2021 Lab Rat Chat Season 1 Episode 20
Lab Rat Chat
20. Chatting with Dr. Sally Thompson-Iritani
Show Notes

Lab Rat Chat - Episode 20 with Dr. Sally Thompson-Iritani, Director (Interim) Washington National Primate Research Center

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In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Danielle and Jeff chat with Dr. Sally Thompson-Iritani.  Sally has worked in the animal welfare, compliance and research field for over 30 years.  She offers a great perspective on the field and on life in general with a strong passion for both the animals being used in biomedical research and the people who interact with these animals.  She is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional as well as a Certified Human Animal Bond Practitioner.  In addition to all of this, Sally is a co-chair of the planning committee for the PRIM&R 2021 IACUC Conference, being held April 14-16, and explains why anyone interested in the field of biomedical research, whether you work in the field or not, should attend and participate in the many exciting events on tap.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Dr. Thompson-Iritani’s extensive background and experience throughout his education and career.
  • The role of the Washington National Primate Research Center
  • Compassion fatigue in the world of animal research and the University of Washington’s Dare 2 Care program
  • What to expect from the upcoming PRIM&R 2021 IACUC Conference
  • Alternatives to animal models and how Laura’s lab abides by the principles of refinement, reduction, and replacement to her research.


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