Richard Marble, an Animal Care Facility Coordinator at Ferris State University, is a dedicated and experienced Animal Technologist who takes his responsibility of caring for the animals in his care seriously. Following a guest post (It’s All About the Animals) in which Richard wrote giving insight into what is it like being an animal facility manager, he agreed to do an interview with Speaking of Research member, Jazzminn Hembree.
Richard opened up about his responsibilities in caring for animal welfare, and how he oversees all activities taking place within the facility as he seeks to improve animal welfare. Many improvements have occurred during his time in the field, such as changes in housing and environmental enrichment. Richard explains
Research is like an enigma. Even those of us in the field do not like utilizing animals for research, but until such time as they are no longer necessary- the passionate people in this field are going to go out of their way to give them the best life they can.
Watch the video as he discusses:
- How he is responsible for Animal Welfare?
- What improvements he has seen in animal welfare over the past 15 years?
- How he factors the 3R’s (Reduce, Refine, Replace) into his daily activities?
- How he thinks animal welfare will improve in the future?