Dorcas O’Rourke earned a BS in zoology, an MS in neuroanatomy, and a DVM from Louisiana State University. Upon completion of her residency in laboratory animal medicine, Dorcas remained at LSU for 4 years as a faculty member. Dorcas then relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, where she became Director of the animal facilities at the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1998, she was promoted to Director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Care and Attending Veterinarian. In 2006, Dorcas joined the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University as Department Chair of Comparative Medicine. She also serves as Attending Veterinarian for East Carolina University’s animal care and use program. Dorcas is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, a member of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AALAC) International, the Council of Accreditation, and a member of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) Board of Trustees. She has authored numerous publications and presented seminars for a variety of organizations including the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, AALAC, the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and SCAW.
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