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.