Dr. Kent Scarratt, of Newport, Va., an associate professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has been named the director of the veterinary college's Teaching and Research Animal Care Support Services (TRACSS).

TRACSS is responsible for the day-to-day care and housing of all college-owned animals involved in teaching and research projects.

Scarratt will oversee the team of trained professionals dedicated to the humane treatment and use of these animals and will assure the college is in compliance with all necessary guidelines and conditions set forth by Virginia Tech's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and other supervising agencies. He fills the vacancy left by Dr. Jennifer Hodgson who was recently named the college's associate dean for professional programs.

"The VMRCVM has always been committed to providing exceptional care to all college-owned animals," said Dr. Roger Avery, the veterinary college's senior associate dean for research and graduate studies. "Our recent accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care further bolsters that commitment. I have great confidence in Dr. Scarratt's ability to lead this important college program and to maintain the hallmark of excellence for which it is known."

Scarratt received his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the college in 1982, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.

His research interests are in disorders of the central nervous system, infectious diseases and the evaluation of failure of passive transfer of immunity in large animals. He is board certified as a diplomate by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal). Scarratt is also a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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