Aug. 10, 2020

28. An Alternative Narrative to Animal Research in Biotechnology & The Journey to Becoming a Lab Animal Veterinarian with Jeff Marshall

28. An Alternative Narrative to Animal Research in Biotechnology & The Journey to Becoming a Lab Animal Veterinarian with Jeff Marshall

An Interview Collaboration with Lab Rat Chat Podcast

In this episode of Legal Drugs Podcast (NEW landing page, Angela Stoyanovitch, explores an alternative narrative to the field of laboratory animal research and helps to uncover mysteries animal research which is often quieted or ignored in the biotechnology sciences.  Ironically, it is much in part to the discoveries animals in research afford us that allow innovations to be explored and progressed forward in the biotechnology and biomedical research field. In an attempt to open up the conversation on this important step to drug development, Angela speaks with her guest Jeff Marshall (RBP, CBSP, SM (NRCM), a veterinary student with a unique background in biotechnology who has made it part of his mission to allow the public to form their own opinions based on the facts of lab animal science.  

Jeff Marshall is a third-year veterinary student at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Following his completion of a dual MS/BS degree in 2009 from the University of Nevada, Reno, Jeff has been involved in the field of comparative medicine in a variety of capacities. These experiences have included high-containment laboratory work as a research associate. Jeff has earned his certification as a Biological Safety Professional through the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). He has also been a research compliance coordinator responsible for oversight for both Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees and Institutional Biosafety Committees. Once he completes his veterinary school, Jeff intends to become a laboratory animal veterinarian where he will continue to be an outspoken advocate for biomedical research and the animals that take part in it. 

Jeff is the co-host and founder of Lab Rat Chat, a podcast dedicated to providing facts and an alternative narrative to the public regarding the necessity of humane and ethical animal research. Lab Rat Chat was made possible through the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach, which is sponsored by the biomedical research advocacy group, Americans for Medical Progress (AMP.) You can listen to all of their episodes on Find them on Instagram @thelabratchat, Twitter @thelabratchat and Linkedin, Lab Rat Chat, to learn more!  

If you are planning to attend the National American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) this November, 2020, look for our session now published in the preliminary program for a panel discussion organized by Legal Drugs Agency, LLC (LDA) titled, “Podcasting to the Public and the Art of Storytelling” where panelists including Angela Stoyanovitch and Jeff Marshall will discuss the ins-and-outs of podcasting as a platform for laboratory animal science professionals. Sponsors of this discussion include LDA and AMP. Additional resources can be found here; and

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Episode edited and produced by Margaret Beveridge.