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Division of Research Director is a New Diplomate into American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
April 4, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Board of Directors with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) voted Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Director for the Office of Animal Welfare and Research Integrity, Division of Research (DoR) Tanise L. Jackson as a new diplomate into the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. ACLAM advances the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals through certification of veterinary specialists, professional development, education and research. 

Jackson has served as director since 1997.  She also serves as administrator for the university’s Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
Jackson has more than 23 years of experience in animal laboratory animal care and use and more than 20 years of administrative experience in managing laboratory animal facilities.  She totally revamped the laboratory animal programs at FAMU and successfully secured both initial Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International accreditation and has had this accreditation reaffirmed since 2003. 
“Dr. Jackson’s accomplishments put her in a commendable position for the university and for the Division of Research,” K. Ken Redda, Ph.D., professor and acting vice president for Research.
“We are privileged to have Dr. Jackson as a part of our staff; she is a team player, as well as one who shows great care and concern for FAMU’s expanding research, service, training, and development programs with humans, as well as with animal subjects.” 

ACLAM completed its 50th year in 2007 and has matured to a well organized, influential and respected college, inculcating persons knowledgeable in the care, techniques, models and laws involving research animals. It bridges the knowledge between human and non-human animals, not only for scientists, but for regulators, other professional groups and the general public. 
“Throughout ACLAM’s existence, knowledge has been a primary goal,” Jackson said. “Knowledge is demanded of Diplomates certified through the exam. Knowledge is spread through textbooks, seminars and workshops. Knowledge is obtained through research. Knowledge is shared with others nationally and internationally. And all this knowledge, first and foremost, now and in the future, is dedicated to the care and well-being of laboratory animals.”

Jackson holds the bachelor’s degree in animal science from Tuskegee (Alabama) Institute, and the doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee (Alabama) University. She has received Animal Facilities Improvement Grants from the National Center for Research Resources, and has many seminars, presentations, invited lectures and publications to her credit. She holds professional membership in the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, and has served as consultant for Xavier University Animal Care Program (New Orleans, La.); Jackson State (Mississippi) University Animal Care Programs; and as a site visitor with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Bethesda, Md.
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