A Welcome Message from the Director of the Division of Animal Resources
Welcome to the web page of the Division of Animal Resources (DAR)! Whether you are a new user of our web page from among our Emory community or a prospect considering joining us, we hope you find what we have organized for you to be useful. This page exists foremost to provide the information, resources, and contacts for those engaged in the use of animals in experiments at Emory to function at the highest efficiency possible.
The DAR is an integrated team of animal care specialists, administrative professionals, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, logistics deliverers, and information technology experts dedicated to the high quality and comprehensive care of research animals and to our mission of providing for the health and wellbeing everywhere by providing the finest support possible to Emory University scientists. Foremost, through our comprehensive services and management and oversight of our animal research facilities, we constitute the foundation for good science through our standardization and control of the environment where animals reside, experiments are conducted, data is generated, and results are recorded. The DAR prides itself as an organization that embraces change and new technology, but at our core realizes that people are the essential source of quality and productivity in our operation and in research. Combining talented and dedicated people with technological advances has enabled a tradition of delivering quality and cost-saving performance. These allow our scientific team mates to devote greater resources toward generating new knowledge and to the cures and better understanding of disease that we so fervently support and desire for ourselves, for our families, for our friends, and for the world beyond.
The DAR domain at Emory includes the entire array of animal research facilities with the exception of those of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The reporting lines of the DAR are to the university Vice President for Research Administration regarding animal welfare matters and to the Executive Associate Dean for Research of the School of Medicine with respect to operations, finances and management. The DAR is assisted in its mission by a faculty Animal Resources Advisory Committee (ARAC) with representation from the School of Medicine and Emory College.
A mantra of the DAR dating to the beginning of the tenure of former Director Dr. Noel D. M. Lehner in 1986 is that "we want to meet your needs". Admittedly, this is not always easy to accomplish in an activity highly regulated by the federal government and where service must be balanced, and in some cases tempered, in light of regulatory constraints. Be that as it may, DAR employees are taught that in cases where we must tell someone "no", we must consider the set of circumstances that it would take for us to be able to respond "yes". DAR employees also know that to realize our mission requires attention to three customer groups (i.e. scientists, their animals, their DAR coworkers) and understand that any time they are in a position to ethically and sensibly benefit any of the three and can do it safely, they should take the initiative to do so.
If you are perusing our content as a faculty candidate, please know that I am always willing and enthusiastic to meet during any recruiting visit to Emory to enable your familiarization with DAR programs, resources, and costs and to identify any special needs or items of mutual interest.
Lastly, to all of those reading this message, you have my assurance that one of my most important responsibilities is to create an environment and provide the resources so that those engaged in work in the animal research facilities can flourish and achieve high success.
- Michael J. Huerkamp, DVM, DACLAM
- Director, Division of Animal Resources
- Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Emory University
- Atlanta, GA
- First Posted: July 13, 2011