Rhonda Oates

Rhonda Oates Appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Teaching Animal Care Program

The University of California, Davis, Office of Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rhonda Oates as associate vice chancellor for the Research and Teaching Animal Care Program as well as campus attending veterinarian effective June 10, 2024.

In her role, Oates assumes responsibility for long-range planning, leadership and oversight of animal care and use at UC Davis, one of the largest and most diverse animal care programs in the nation. Oates’ charter includes strategic harmonization of distributed operations consisting of over 1 million square feet of animal holding operational space at over 50 different vivaria.

Oates will report directly to Vice Chancellor for Research Simon J. Atkinson.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Oates has agreed to take on this critical role. Her deep experience with the unique challenges of our animal care program gives me the greatest confidence that we will continue to provide the best possible care for our animals and the best support for researchers,” said Atkinson.

Prior to her current appointment, Oates served as the associate director for the Research and Teaching Animal Care Program, the director of Campus Veterinary Services, and the director of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program. She was a senior veterinarian at Campus Veterinary Services from September 2007 until November 2018.

She had also served as a clinical veterinarian at the California National Primate Research Center. Oates is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and is a member of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, and the Association of Primate Veterinarians.

“I am honored to serve in this important role and committed, along with my colleagues, to providing the highest standard of care for our animals as well as exceptional support for our investigators,” said Oates.


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