Quality Assurance/Training Coordinator, University of Texas at San AntonioBiography
Laurie Long is the Quality Assurance and Training Coordinator for the Laboratory Animal Resources Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was key in creating and now maintaining the Animal Care and Use Training Program, which offers research personnel training in the bio methodologies of various laboratory animal species. The program also provides the required and specialized surgical training in rodent and other various laboratory animal species. She and her technician also provide various technical services in support of research at UTSA. Laurie also is the technical coordinator for the specialty training exchange program between UTSA and Cinvestav, Mexico City, Mexico. The program is a four-week training exchange internship for Cinvestav veterinary staff where they learn directly from UTSA animal care program personnel through didactic hands on training and mentoring. In July 2013 Laurie was one of a four-member team of instructors selected and invited to participate in a two-week international training course for 24 students in the Biomethodology and Care of Laboratory Animals (Mice, Rats & Rabbits) at Shanghai Vocational and Technical College of Agriculture and Foresty, Shanghai, China. She has been an instructor at Texas Branch and National AALAS meetings for suturing skills training workshop. Laurie is also responsible for managing the day-to-day animal health care and monitoring program under the direction of attending veterinarian. She is also responsible for the quality assurance program that includes the monitoring of cage wash and autoclave functionality, room and cage sanitation and water quality. Laurie is also the technical study coordinator for UTSA collaborative contract research projects. During her 16 plus years in the laboratory animal field, she has held a variety of positions, including; veterinary technician, surgical coordinator, facility manager, training coordinator, IACUC Coordinator, post approval monitoring, and technical study coordinator.