Mark Sharpless, MBA, Juris Master’s, CMAR, VTS-LAM

Animal Care Operations Manager, Emory National Primate Research Center, Field Station

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Mark Sharpless has been the Animal Care Operations Manager at the Emory National Primate Research Center Field Station since 1998. He has nearly 30 years of research animal facility operations and management experience, and his areas of special knowledge and expertise include animal welfare, husbandry and care, regulation and compliance, veterinary technology and animal research facility management and operations.

Mark is actively involved in several professional organization focused on animal welfare, including the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), for which he is a District 4 Trustee. Mark is also engaged in public education and outreach activities regarding laboratory animal science. He is a faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School in the Master's of Laboratory Animal Science program where he teaches Facilities Management.

Mark earned a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, a Juris Master's degree from Emory University School of Law, undergraduate degrees that focused on animal health science and veterinary technology management, and the designation of Veterinary Technician Specialist-Laboratory Animal Medicine. He serves on the Emory University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which oversees research with animals at the university.