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URAR gets two new veterinarians

Katie Chambers, left, and Logan France have joined the University Research Animal Resources team. (Photos by Amy Ware)

Veterinarians Logan France and Katie Chambers have joined the University Research Animal Resources team, which provides clinical care for animals used in research studies and teaching.

URAR is part of the UGA Office of Research’s animal care and use program, which is accredited by AAALAC International, registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and maintains an assurance with the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Drs. France and Chambers bring additional depth to our program, in particular in nonhuman primate medicine, research animal advocacy, general clinical medicine, infectious diseases and biocontainment,” said M.A. McCrackin, director of URAR. “New ideas and energy are so welcome for any animal research enterprise, and critically so now during COVID fatigue.”

Prior to joining UGA in May, France earned a D.V.M. at Texas A&M University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, achieved specialty board certification in laboratory animal medicine and served as a clinical assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. At UGA, she spends half her time with non-human primates and the other half with species including rodents, dogs, cats and gerbils.

Chambers earned a D.V.M. at Louisiana State University and completed a Ph.D. and residency at the University of Missouri before joining UGA in August. In addition to taking on veterinary care at a facility that houses cats, lizards, fish, ferrets, hamsters and rats, she’s working to get ready for a new facility that will include pigs in a model of infectious disease. This means devising safety procedures for a new physical facility and for a novel experiment in collaboration with the investigator and facility supervisor, while also making sure that UGA and federal requirements are met.

In addition to France, Chambers and McCrackin, the URAR veterinarians include Stephen Harvey and Gina Kim.