Since 2010, Mary Sauer has been overseeing the humane use of all Iowa State-owned animals used for research, teaching, or testing. She particularly enjoys the teaching aspect of her job, since she feels that teaching others helps them prioritize animal health and welfare.
Mary helps researchers and other university employees understand the policies and rules that regulate animals used in testing, teaching, or research. She works with these same campus community members to implement those policies through training, mentoring, and collaboration. Mary knows that exciting advances result from Iowa State animal research. In fact, her favorite Iowa State research discovery is related to animals — Maytag Blue Cheese!
Before becoming the Iowa State Attending Veterinarian in 2010, Mary worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb as a laboratory animal veterinarian and is board certified in laboratory animal medicine. Mary earned a V.M.D at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in microbiology from Loma Linda University, and a B.S. in microbiology from Michigan State University.
What Iowa State research instrumentation would you most like to spend the day using?
“Scanning and transmission electron microscopes! Those electron microscopes can image objects that are thousands of times smaller than those that can be seen with a light microscope.”
Mary can help with: Any questions or concerns about the treatment of animals used for teaching, research, or testing on the ISU campus and making sure those animals are healthy.