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PROFESSIONAL PROFILE | Elizabeth Doughman
Meet AAALAC International's
New Executive Director:
Dr. Kathryn Bayne
ALN spoke with Kathryn Bayne, MS,
Ph.D., DVM, DACLAM, DACAW, CAAB,
the new Executive Director for AAALAC
How did you get into laboratory animal
Since I was a child, I’ve been very interested in wildlife and especially nonhuman primates. In fact, my Ph.D. degree
is in wildlife biology and I worked with
nonhuman primates in graduate school.
I essentially followed the species into
laboratory animal medicine by accepting a position directly out of veterinary
school at the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) to help develop their nonhuman
primate psychological well-being program
in anticipation of pending federal regulations. That amazing experience at the
NIH introduced me to the broader field of
laboratory animal medicine and science.
What is a typical day like for you?
Every day is different, and I love that
about my work with AAALAC! As I have
recently been selected as Executive
Director at AAALAC, my duties are
shifting to interact more routinely with
our Executive Committee and Board of
Trustees, facilitate implementation of our
latest strategic plan, take a larger role in
fiscal management of the organization,
and continue to represent AAALAC on
the global stage.
What would you like the laboratory
animal science industry to know about
AAALAC and AAALAC accreditation?
The globalization of the biomedical
research enterprise is occurring at an
accelerating pace. Increasingly, scien-
tific collaborations and contracts cross
national borders. The need for assurance
that the caliber of animal research and
animal welfare are consistent, and that
such animal use is done in a humane
and conscientious manner, is of concern
to the scientific community, the general
public, and other stakeholders.
This is a key role that the AAALAC
International accreditation program provides. The program is science-based and
sensitive to cultural and legal differences. Because of this, it has proven to be
an impactful approach for the international scientific community to adopt in
order to facilitate the harmonization of
animal care and use standards.
Last year, AAALAC celebrated its 50th
anniversary. The long-standing success
of our accreditation program is deeply
grounded in the commitment of the laboratory animal medicine and scientific
community’s commitment to ensuring
high quality animal welfare to promote
What advice would you give to some-
one new to laboratory animal science?
I’d suggest being open-minded about
opportunities and possibilities. One can’t
possibly know what is just around the
next corner, so being open to new chal-
lenges and new learning experiences is
stimulating and results in both personal
and professional growth.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to travel and learn about different
cultures, garden, read a good mystery
novel, spend time with my two-legged
and four-legged family, and offer my
time and energy to P.E.O. International
( www.peointernational.org), a philanthropic organization that supports education for women.
If you had to do something else for a
living, what would it be?
Frankly, I can’t imagine a better career
path than the one I’ve been on! My parents (a physician and nurse) encouraged
their children to get an education and
become independent through a productive and satisfying career. Needless-to-say,
given that environment and my early
fascination with animals, veterinary medicine and animal-based science came naturally to me and remain my passion.
Is there anything else you would like to
share with the readers of ALN?
I would encourage everyone to be active
members of the AAALAC “family”
through promoting accreditation at their
home institutions, participating as an ad
hoc Consultant/Specialist, as a Council
member, or as a representative of one of
AAALAC’s Member Organizations. That
service is an exceptional way to give back
to our profession and the animals we
partner with in the biomedical research
Elizabeth Doughman is the Editor in
Chief of ALN Magazine. 973-920-7662,