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Julie Watson MA VetMB DACLAM

Julie Watson, MA, VetMB, DACLAM

Associate Professor, Molecular and
Comparative Pathobiology.
Director, Rodent Clinical  Programs,

Research Animal Resources.
Director, Clinical Laboratory Animal Medicine
Training Program.

Julie Watson


Contact Information

720 Rutland Ave
Ross 459
Baltimore, MD 21205

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Background and Training

Dr. Watson received her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1980. She worked for several years in private practice (horses and small animals) before moving to the United States in 1985 and completing a fellowship in Comparative Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She then worked as Attending Veterinarian, Arts and Sciences, at the University of Pennsylvania for 5 years, becoming an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine diplomate in 1990. From 1995 to 2002 she ran her own business helping institutions to develop their animal care and use programs and gain AAALAC accreditation. In 2002 she returned to Johns Hopkins.

Current Roles

Dr. Watson is director of rodent clinical programs at Johns Hopkins and is in charge of the laboratory animal medicine clinical training program. She devises and implements the strategies for surveying rodent colonies at JHU for disease, maintains rodents free of compromising intercurrent infections, and investigates and eliminates disease outbreaks. She has introduced a diagnostic laboratory for rodent Helicobacters,  a cross-fostering service to clean up contaminated rodents, a rodent technical services program for investigators and a comprehensive support program to mitigate research delays due to quarantine. She teaches classes for ACLAM board preparation.


Dr.Watson investigates variables in the environment that can negatively affect research outcomes, the epidemiology of rodent parasites, and new environmental enrichment strategies. Current projects include evaluating rack testing for rodent parasites by PCR as an alternative to sentinel testing, and investigating the immunological basis for mouse immunity to fur mites.

  Selected Publications




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