Scout earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry/cell biology from the University of California, San Diego in 1995, and her V.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She then completed a post-doctoral training program in laboratory animal medicine and received a Master of Science degree in Comparative Medicine from the University of Washington in 2004. As a laboratory animal veterinarian, she supported different business segments within Charles River until 2011, including Animal Welfare and Training, Genetically Engineered Models and Services, Surgical Services, Phenotyping Services, Discovery and Imaging Services, and Preclinical Services. Scout became a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2005 and remains active within several professional organizations which are committed to responsible animal use in research, testing, and teaching. In August of 2012 Scout joined WuXi AppTec in Suzhou and currently serves as the Executive Director of Veterinary Science and Animal Welfare.