Charles River Lunch and Learn


Clinical Signs of Illness in Laboratory Rodents

Join us at the University of Southern California – Health Sciences Campus, Friday November 15, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM in the Center for Health Professionals Building, Room 224, 1540 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Lunch will be provided.

Presentation Details

A thorough physical examination and documentation of clinical signs of illness is the basis for good veterinary care of all animals, including those used in research and teaching. As genetically modified rodents are being used more in current research, these can present with various phenotypical or background strain characteristics and can be confused with illness.

Because of this, being able to recognize what are common or uncommon clinical presentations of illness in laboratory rodents is more important. This presentation will cover the basics of making a clinical observation and learning to recognize and describe the differences between what is normal and abnormal for rodents, specifically for rats and mice.

Speaker: Dr. Allison Williams

Dr, Williams is the Director of Veterinary and Professional Services and serves as the Attending Veterinarian for North American Research Models and Services at Charles River. Her responsibilities include regulatory, technical, and clinical oversight of commercial rodent and rabbit production and the surgical services department.

Prior to joining Charles River, Dr. Williams served as a senior clinical veterinarian with Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (Ridgefield, CT) in Toxicology and Safety Assessment for two years and for 13 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Biocontainment Laboratories.


Sara Herrmann
Charles River Technical Account Manager
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