Registered Veterinary Technician, Senior Research Associate Hickman Laboratory, Indiana University School of MedicineBiography
Melissa Swan entered the research field over 14 years ago and is currently established at the Indiana University School of Medicine Laboratory Animal Resource Center as a Research Associate and Registered Veterinary Technician. She has spent extensive time understanding and learning the various functions of a laboratory environment, from animal cage and management, to clinical observations and treatment, diagnostic services, pharmaceutical distribution, and anesthetic systems. In the past 7 years, she has focused on studying the welfare of laboratory rodents with a specific emphasis on the emotional wellbeing of rats when modifications to the environment are made. Recent work and interests include studying current laboratory lighting regimes and the effect of spectral shifting on behavior and physiology of laboratory rodents. Melissa will complete her bachelor of science in biology May 2014 and is a class of 2018 DVM candidate.