Thursday, March 13, 2008

MSU veterinarian helped push animal welfare effort

By Bonnie Coblentz

MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Scientists have known for decades that animals are good stand-ins for humans in research, and one Mississippi State University veterinarian was on the front lines of the fight to protect the welfare of laboratory animals.

Dr. John Harkness retired in 2005 from his position as laboratory animal veterinarian at MSU. He began his career in the early 1970s, just seven years after federal legislation mandated the kind of care laboratory animals must receive. “As animals became more and more incorporated into biomedical research...

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