Jarrell named director of OHSU Animal Care & Use program

Vickie Jarrell, Ph.D.
Vickie Jarrell, Ph.D., launched the Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program at Illinois

The OHSU Research Integrity Office has appointed Vickie L. Jarrell, Ph.D., director of the Animal Care & Use program, which oversees all aspects of animal care and use. She succeeds Bill Dale, Ph.D., who is retiring.

Jarrell has more than 15 years of regulatory compliance experience as a member of the Illinois IACUC, where she also served on biological and chemical safety committees. She comes to OHSU from the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station, where she was associate director.

A member of the Council on Accreditation for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, Jarrell developed and served as director of the AAALAC International-accredited Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program at Illinois.

Jarrell earned her Ph.D. in animal sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her research involved the use of agricultural animal models in biomedical research across disciplines of nutrition, reproduction and genetics.

The IACUC is responsible for oversight of the animal care and use program and its components as described in the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Its oversight functions include an ongoing assessment of OHSU’s program for the humane care and use of animals.

Jarrell will assume her new role on June 17. Dale is retiring after more than eight years of leadership as director of the Animal Care and Use program. He was instrumental in revitalizing the program when he took it over in January 2011, earning a Gold ROSE award in 2012 for outstanding biomedical research support and service.