Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM, PhD, Board President
Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM, PhD, CPIA, CCFP, CFE, CHABP is the NWABR Board President from 2019 to present. She is the Interim Director for the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) at the University of Washington (UW). She is also Clinical Associate Professor, DEOHS, SPH, UW. She has experience in both industry and academia as a laboratory animal veterinarian, IACUC administrator, facility manager and preclinical researcher; she is certified as an IACUC Administrator (Prim&R), Compassion Fatigue Professional (IATP), Compassion Fatigue Educator (GreenCross) and Human Animal Bond Practitioner (AVMA). Her work at the WaNPRC involves strategic planning and oversight of the daily care and support of the animals, research, and animal caregivers that work with the animals. Areas of emphasis include human animal bond and how it impacts Compassion Fatigue (CF) for animal caregivers, novel ways to support animal welfare and decrease regulatory burden by standardization of procedures (CUSP (Compliance Unit Standard Procedures)), and utilization of Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT) to minimize stress when working with research animals. She is currently the President for the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and a board member for the North American 3 R’s and serves on the Council for Certified Professionals in IACUC Administration (Prim&R) and on the Leadership Development Committee for the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.