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Featured Expert: Dr. Sara Roshwalb: Site Clinical Veterinarian

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Site Clinical Veterinarian Dr. Sara Roshwalb is helping to keep the Battelle Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) at the forefront of good laboratory practice. Her work ensures that all laboratory animals are kept in accordance with the current health and safety standards and that pre-clinical trials are conducted using the latest standards and practices.

Sara joined the Battelle Life Sciences Research group in October of 2015. In her role as Site Clinical Veterinarian, she has primary responsibility for all of the animal specimens housed at the BBRC. “I oversee their care and make sure that the methods and techniques being used are appropriate and the animals are not being stressed,” she says. She also works with Project Leaders to design effective pre-clinical trials. In this role, she evaluates study protocols and makes recommendations for animal models to use and appropriate procedures to ensure that the results will be accurate. “Proper care of laboratory animals is extremely important, for the animals’ sake of course, but also to ensure that the study results are reliable,” she explains. “Well cared for and healthy animals yield the best, most consistent data. Stress factors can mask or amplify other symptoms and confound the results.”

Sara holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, an M.S. in Laboratory Animal Medicine from Penn State University, and a B.S. in General Biology from the University of Maryland. She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. Prior to coming to Battelle, she held Clinical Veterinarian positions for labs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Sara brings experience with all kinds of laboratory animals, from zebra fish to non-human primates. During her post-doctoral training at Penn State, she was responsible for veterinary care and health monitoring of a large and diverse animal population including rodents, rabbits, swine, and other large animal species. Her past experience has made her eligible to take the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine certification exam, a level of specialty that is not easily achieved.

Currently, she is working to evaluate, update and standardize animal care practices across all of Battelle’s different animal facilities and setting up facilities for a new species of non-human primate. Sara’s work also contributes to the development of new animal models to expand the study capabilities at BBRC.