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Animal Care Services Personnel Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to update you on changes occurring in Animal Care Services.

Dr. Cecile Baccanale, Director of Animal Care Services and Attending Veterinarian for Storrs and the regional campuses, has accepted a new position in North Carolina. During her 10 years at UConn, Cecile has provided exemplary leadership and expert animal care. While we will miss Cecile’s contribution to the University’s research mission, we wish her all the best in her new role.

With Cecile’s departure, Dr. Ramaswamy Chidambaram, DVM, PhD, the Attending Veterinarian at UConn Health, has assumed the additional role of Interim Attending Veterinarian for UConn Storrs and regional campuses, effective July 4, 2017. In this role, Dr. Chidambaram has direct responsibility for the oversight of veterinary care for UConn’s animals. To ensure adequate coverage for veterinary needs, the University is also contracting with clinical veterinarians on an interim basis. Rimantas (Rimas) Kirvelevicius, currently Assistant Director, Animal Care Services, will have interim responsibilities for all operational issues related to Animal Care Services at Storrs and regional campuses. Karen Moré will continue to manage the IACUC and Dr. Holly Fitch will continue as IACUC Chair. These interim measures will allow Animal Care Services to continue to provide support for faculty and care of our animals, and allow time for recruitment of full-time replacement veterinarians.

Our continued focus is ensuring there is continuity of veterinary care, operations, and support for faculty as they conduct their research. As part of the future recruitment process, we will reach out to faculty and staff for input to help define the needs and structure of Animal Care Services that will best support UConn researchers and their work. ​

Please contact Wesley Byerly, Associate Vice President for Research Integrity & Regulatory Affairs, at 860-679-2230 if you have any questions.


Dr. Radenka Maric
Vice President for Research
UConn/UConn Health


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