Department of Comparative Medicine

Cynthia A. Pekow


Clinical Assistant Professor, Chief of the Veterinary Medical Unit (Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System)

DVM, University of Illinois 1984
Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine 1991
Certified Professional IACUC Administrator 2010

P: 206-764-2448

Research, Service, and Training Interests

Technician and researcher training and education in humane laboratory animal care and use is a foundation for sound research. Training is available to all personnel on gentle, safe methods for handling and restraint, anesthesia, analgesia, and research and surgical techniques. Emphasis is on techniques that prevent or minimize animal discomfort. Education methods include hands-on laboratories with models and animals, supplemented with computer based training, discussions, and problem-based learning.

Service interests: Assisting as a governing board member and Secretary General for the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS, ICLAS is an international scientific organization dedicated to advancing human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in research worldwide.

Selected publications and presentations

Turner P, Brabb T, Pekow C, Vasbinder MA, Brabb T.  Administration of Substances to Laboratory Animals: Routes of Administration and Factors to Consider. JAALAS 50 (5), September 2011: 600-613.

Pekow, C.” Basic Experimental Methods in the Rabbit” in Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters and Other Rodents, Suckow , Stevens, and Wilson, eds. American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, CRC Press, 2012.

Turner P, Pekow C, Vergara P, MacArthur-Clark J, Kurosawa T, White W, Baneux P, and Bayne K.  ICLAS and IACLAM – Global Organization and Support of 3Rs Advances in Laboratory Animal Science. JAALAS. Vol 54 (2), March 2015: 174-180.

Rivera E, Hernandez R, Carissimi A, Pekow C. Laboratory Animal Regulation in Latin America.  ILAR Journal 57 (3), 04 May, 2017: 293-300.

Animal Protocols: Strategy for Effective IACUC Review. Webinar, produced for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. August 4, 2017.