Animal Care

CFAH Animal Care Staff

The Animal Care Staff at CFAH, led by Juliette Hanson, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, focuses on providing animal care, biosecurity/biosafety assurance, and research support within our seven biosafety level (BSL) 1 and 2 animal research facilities. The Animal Care team provides primary management of the Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) turkey and chickens flocks, gnotobiotic facility, surgical procedures, campus veterinary clinic, and provides research animal health monitoring for all CFAH studies. All research activities are monitored to ensure compliance with USDA, IACUC, and AAALAC International regulations and guidances.



Juliette Hanson, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

PAAR Director, CFAES-Wooster Veterinarian

Areas of Expertise

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Plant Animal Agrosecurity Research (PAAR)
  • BSL-3 Training


Sara Tallmadge, BS, RVT

Senior Laboratory Animal Technologist

Megan Strother, MS

Senior Laboratory Animal Technologist

Ronna Wood, BS, RVT

Senior Laboratory Animal Technologist

Rhonda Kesek, RVT

Laboratory Animal Technologist

Mike McCoy

Laboratory Animal Technologist


Jane Cooper

Research Aide


Kiden Lynch

Undergraduate Student Assistant