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The principles of Humane Experimental Technique
- W.M.S. Russell and R.L. Burch
Creative Implementation of 3Rs Principles within Industry Programs: Beyond Regulations and Guidelines
- N Bratcher and G Reinhardt
I earned my Bachelor's degree in psychology and Master’s degree in cognitive and behavioral sciences with a focus on behavioral neuroscience from Illinois State University. In 2002, I began my work at Abbott Laboratories as a pharmacologist within the neuroscience department in the area of in vivo central nervous system diseases research. During this time, I developed a passion for improving research animal welfare and promoting the 3Rs - refinement, reduction and replacement of animals in research - I recognized that “while animal researchers have an ethical obligation to adopt alternatives whenever possible, they have little time to pursue the studies necessary to assess impact.” I therefore submitted a proposal pursue such work through Abbott’s Visiting Scientist Program. After a year as a visiting scientist, senior management agreed that having a full-time 3Rs Scientist/Alternatives Coordinator would help to strengthen the company's commitment and promote smarter science through the 3Rs. I have been in this role since 2010 where I serve as an ambassador for all Abbott, now AbbVie, 3Rs efforts by vice-chairing AbbVie’s Alternatives Committee, leading a number of working groups to drive the 3Rs globally, coordinating AbbVie’s annual Global Animal Welfare Awards program and recognition event, and serving as a scientific liaison to facilitate and communicate internal 3Rs efforts.