Steven L. Leary, DVM, DACLAM

Recipient: Charles River Prize 2011

Steven L. Leary, DVM, DACLAM, is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Veterinary Affairs and Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his DVM from Iowa State University and was a USPHS Postdoctoral Fellow in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Comparative Pathology at Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified through the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).

Dr. Leary has over 30 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine and management of laboratory animal facilities, including over 20 years as director of laboratory animal medicine training programs. He is a frequent presenter at meetings of laboratory animal professionals, and is regularly called upon to consult with academic institutions and private industry regarding animal facility design and animal care and use program administration.

Throughout his career, Dr. Leary has been involved in promoting animal welfare with organizations such as the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) and the Mid-Continent Association for Agriculture, Biomedical Research and Education (MAABRE). He helped lobby for the passage of the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 and has testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee. Dr. Leary is an Emeritus member of AAALAC Council, past president of ACLAM, and former member and former chair of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee. He served on the 2000 AVMA Panel on Euthanasia and currently chairs the 2011 Panel.