FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST

Training and Competency Assessment

  • Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM, ACLAM, Director, Global Training, Glaxo SmithKlineAsheley Wathen, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, Senior Clinical Veterinarian, Animal Welfare and Comparative Medicine, Covance, In

      Dr. Wathen obtained her Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Science from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1999 followed by her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 2005. She then went on to complete a post-doctoral training program in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Michigan Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2008. Concurrent to her post-doctoral training program, Dr. Wathen also received a Master of Public Health degree focusing on Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Wathen is a diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (2012). During her tenure at Covance Laboratories in Madison, WI, she has developed two areas of expertise within the organization - surgery and research and development. Dr. Wathen also has a strong interest and background in training so has led local and global efforts amongst Covance sites to refine training processes.
      Mary Ann Vasbinder received her BS from Washington State University in 1986 and a veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1995. She attended a residency training program at North Carolina State University from 1995-1997 and became ACLAM board certified in 2001. She has worked in several research environments including muscle physiology, space life sciences and virology. Mary Ann has been employed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in RTP for 15 years and served as the Attending Veterinarian for 6 years. She presently works as the Director for Global Training in the Office of Animal Welfare, Ethics and Strategy at GSK. Her special interests lie in programmatic review, global animal programs, animal housing, quality assurance, teaching and training.


    The 2011 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals has required that institutions place importance on assuring that staff working with animals are trained and competent to perform their work. Training can be provided in a number of ways, to include didactic, hands-on, webinars, seminars to name a few. Training is typically provided by staff members that have received specific training on effective delivery of training. During the training process, it is helpful to assess the trainee's knowledge to assure understanding of the content. A final assessment should be completed to verify that the person is competent and has the skills needed to perform the task. There are a variety of ways that institutions administer the programs of training. Development of further standards and expectations for global programs within the laboratory animal community could provide advancement for the field. This presentation will clarify pertinent training definitions around competency and proficiency as well as discuss how two global companies work to meet regulations on training programs while harmonizing programs across global sites.

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