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Diane McClure, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Associate Professor, Laboratory Animal Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine

E-Mail: dmcclure@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3798

Join year: 2009


PhD, Physiology, University of California, Davis, CA 1988 Residency Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 1993 DVM, Zoological Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 1990 Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine 1995

Professional Experience


Independent Consultant/Contract Veterinarian Santa Barbara, CA, 93117, 11/98 to present.

A variety of services provided in both private and public practice of veterinary medicine in the areas of laboratory animal, exotic (pocket pet) private practice, and wildlife rehabilitation. Services include, but are not limited to, animal studies development, IACUC and regulatory support, animal resource administration and operations, and clinical veterinary care, and education/training. Current associations include:

  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Professor: Lab Animal Medicine, since 2006
  • MannKind Foundation Consultant: 12/05 to present
  • Stanford University Medical Center Veterinary Services: Consulting Veterinarian (0.6 FTE), 2/06 to 2/08. Director of the Comparative Medicine Training Program Feb. 2007 – Feb. 2008.
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation Attending Veterinarian 2007-2008.
  • Consulting Veterinarian/Research Support as needed: Roche Palo Alto, California Primate Research Center, etc.
  • Miravant Pharmaceuticals Attending Veterinarian, Goleta, CA, 93117, 11/98 to 5/04.
  • Computer Motion Attending Veterinarian, Goleta, CA, 93117, 11/02 to 6/03.


Campus Veterinarian/Director of the Animal Resource Center

“Attending Veterinarian” responsibilities for UCSB the Animal Care and Use Program, directs the operations for the Animal Resource Center, which includes 23,000 sq. ft. of space in two facilities, provides veterinary care to satellite aquatic and avian facilities and vertebrate animal work performed at UCSB Natural Reserves (Santa Cruz Island, Sierra Nevada Research Lab, and the Sedgwick Reserve), 10/98 to 9/30/05.

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, AffiliateMember, Department of Psychology,

Vertebrate systemic physiology, animal models, pharmacology, 1999 - 2005.


Assistant Professor/Associate Director, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine/University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR)

The Tenure-track faculty appointment involved teaching commitments to Conservation Biology/Wildlife Health, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Non-mammalian medicine, Aquatic Animal Medicine, and Pet Loss/Human Bereavement. Served as Academic Advisor for the Laboratory Animal Medicine Post Doctoral Training Program, The OSU Pet Loss Support Hotline, The Student Chapter of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians, and the Student Chapter of the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine. Research program focused on comparative microvascular physiology through collaborative efforts with the Thoracic Surgery Department and the Division of Nephrology, OSU School of Medicine, and with colleagues in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Administrative and Clinical Service position in laboratory animal medicine included responsibility for the operation of the Laboratory Animal Center (46,000 square feet of animal facilities housing primates, pigs, rabbits, and rodents, etc.), the Rightmire Transgenic Facility (supervising the generation of transgenic mice via micro injection technique) and the Museum of Biological Diversity (housing birds, fish, and frogs). Provided veterinary care for multiple Aquatic Animal Facilities (Kottman Aquaculture Facility, Aquatic Ecology Lab, Aquatic Toxicology Lab, and Piketon Aquaculture Extension). Managed the University-wide Surgical Services Program for 3 years. Project Officer for the development and construction of the OSU Primate Research Center (5.3 million dollar budget; commissioned May, 1997), The W. M. Keck Genetic Research Facility, state-of-the-art transgenic animal (3.3 million dollar budget; commissioned October, 1998), and the Center for Neurobiotechnology Zebra Fish Facility. Supervised staffing levels up to 18 full time positions and numerous part-time and student positions, 3/93 to 9/98.


Director, Animal Research Facility

Responsible for the development of a new animal care and use program, supervision of construction of a new Animal Research Facility (ARF), replacement of “Probationary Status” with “Full Accreditation Status” by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), supervised the ARF staff, provided veterinary care for the VANCSC animal research program, consultation services for investigator protocol development, participated in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), collaborative and independent research, 4/92 - 3/93.

Academic Interests

Comparative cardiovascular‑respiratory physiology (fluid balance and microcirculation); surgical and critical care of cardio-thoracic research models; comparative medicine (fish, rabbits, primates); well-being of captive animals. I have additional experience and training in behavioral medicine, disaster preparedness and social media.

Teaching Experience

As an outcome of teaching species specific to veterinary students and to those participating in an approved IACUC activity at UC Davis and at The Ohio State University, I have developed advanced experience in teaching practical biomethodology and clinical medicine of the small mammal species (rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice), the non-traditional pet and captive wildlife (ferrets, reptiles, amphibians, birds, degus and ground squirrels). The variety of students, from the new employee in the laboratory animal setting to registered animal heath technicians or the private practice veterinarian, has provided the opportunity to study adult learning and the multi-cultural aspects of teaching and training. In addition to basic material, I have been focusing on refining procedures involving these species by advancing anesthesia and analgesia procedures for these species. I have been teaching to a variety of students form the new employee in the laboratory animal setting to registered animal heath technicians and to private practice veterinarians through invitation and the following professional organizations:

  • AVMA
  • National AALAS
  • Local Branch AALlocal VMA
  • state and local VMA


American Physiological Society (APS): CV, Respiration, History and Teaching Sections

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), California (CVMA), Santa Barbara-Ventura VMA

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP)

American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) - National and Southern California Branch; former memberships: Northern California, Central Ohio Branch

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV)

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)

Association of Amphibian and Reptile Veterinarians (AARV) - founding member.

International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM)

Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AWV)

Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV)

Americans for Medical Progress (AMP)

Honorary Member California Alpaca Breeders Association


D. E. McClure,“Clinical Pathology and Sample Collection in the Laboratory Rodent,” in Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice, W. B. Saunders, September, 1999.

D. E. McClure,“Rabbits,” in The Merck Veterinary Manual, 9th Edition, Merck Publishing and Merial, February, 2005 and updated 2010.

D. E. McClure,“Nutrition: Rabbits,” in The Merck Veterinary Manual, 9th Edition, Merck Publishing and Merial, February, 2005. Edited by Cynthia M. Kahn and Scott Line

D. E. McClure,“Rabbits,” in The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health: The complete pet health resource for your dog, cat, horse or other pets - in everyday language, Merck Publishing and Merial, October, 2007.

D. E. McClureand N Anderson, “Rodents,” in The Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Nondomestic Animals, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, http://aazv.org2006.