Charmaine Foltz, D.V.M. was named Director, Division of Veterinary Resources in 2009. She had served as DVR’s Acting Director since 2003 and has served as the Veterinary Medicine Branch Chief since 2001. Dr. Foltz is committed to upholding the highest standards of animal care in the research DVR supports.
Dr. Foltz received both a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986 from Colorado State University. After working as a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Foltz was a post-doctoral fellow in laboratory animal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore from 1988 to 1991.
In 1991, Dr. Foltz was recruited as a clinical laboratory animal veterinarian and assistant professor to the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. She provided clinical oversight to three animal facilities, developed their diagnostic services and surveillance program, and managed the training program.
In 1993, Dr. Foltz joined the Division of Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she served as the clinical veterinarian. Dr. Foltz developed, implemented and provided supervision of quarantine, health surveillance, and the embryo transfer and re-derivation program. In addition, she supervised and mentored a number of employees and post-doctoral fellows. While in Boston, Dr. Foltz was the Consulting Veterinarian at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. In this role, she developed and maintained a barrier rodent facility. While at MIT Dr. Foltz conducted basic research and is recognized for describing triple therapy treatment for Helicobacter hepaticus, the discovery of Helicobacter rodentium, and describing the role of Helicobacter spp in the development of inflammatory bowel disease .
Dr. Foltz was appointed the Laboratory Animal Resources Section Head at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1997. She provided oversight of the care and health of the large mouse colony used in the genetics research. As the ORNL Institutional Veterinarian, Dr Foltz was responsible for ensuring that the animal care program maintained its accreditation as recognized by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. While at ORNL, Dr. Foltz published mouse body condition scoring guidelines that are used by veterinarians and researchers nation-wide.
In 2001, Dr Foltz left ORNL to become the Chief of the Veterinary Medicine Branch, Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR) at NIH. She served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the DVR and was named Director of DVR in 2009. In addition to refining DVR’s animal care and enrichment programs, Dr Foltz remains involved in research. Through the veterinary care, diagnostic services and facilities provided to NIH researchers, DVR contributes to the quality of NIH supported research. The knowledge gained from this research can be used to develop treatments for diseases and conditions affecting human health.
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