Laboratory Animal Medicine

Laboratory Animal Medicine (Third Edition)

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
2015, Pages 1599-1616
Laboratory Animal Medicine

Chapter 37 - Program Management

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Managing a program of laboratory animal husbandry and medicine is a demanding and complex task, regardless of the size or scope of the program. In addition to investigators’ needs, regulators’ requirements and society’s concerns about the care and use of laboratory animals, today’s manager is challenged by increasingly tight fiscal resources juxtaposed with growing global competition for life sciences talent and funding. The reader is (re)introduced to two related elements of management that are underrepresented in our field but of increasing importance for programs striving for affordability and high quality beyond merely following the rules. The first element requires appreciating programs as the small businesses they are, and adopting general management components essential for any business. The second element comprises quality management principles and tools (e.g., six-sigma and lean) developed in other industries in response to the same types of demands that programs face today. Those quality-management principles and tools are just as applicable to laboratory animal care and medicine, as evidenced by multiple examples provided. But their widespread adoption in this field will occur only when converging market forces leave program managers little choice but to embrace continuous improvement and become more familiar with business and management advances in industries beyond ours.

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