After 17 years of service at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Director of the Vivarium Jim Cooper will retire on November 9, 2012.
Dr. Cooper joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 1995 after completing a 20-year career in the United States Air Force where he was in charge of animal research operations for two major Department of Defense installations.
Dr. Cooper’s primary focus as Vivarium director has been to maintain institutional compliance with the standards of the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation Laboratory Animal Care International. Dr. Cooper led Nationwide Children’s through five AAALAC accreditation site visits without a major discrepancy. He also brought the Vivarium’s animal care and use program into compliance with more than 400 inspection criteria as listed on OLAW’s 2012 IACUC inspection checklist.
Since Dr. Cooper joined Nationwide Children’s, the Vivarium has grown from a 12,000-square-foot space to the current 89,000-square-foot facility. Dr. Cooper is a voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Institutional Biological and Chemical Safety Committee, and he routinely attends the IACUC’s post-approval monitoring sessions.