Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM/PhD, CPIA, is the Director (Interim) Washington National Primate Research Center. She has worked in the animal welfare, compliance and research field for over 30 years. She feels strongly that recognizing the important role of our animal caregivers and the relationship that we form with the animals in our care is essential for the well-being of both the animals and the people that interact with laboratory animals. She provides leadership support and promotes the D2C program at the national and international level.

Sally received her DVM from Iowa State University and PhD from the University of Washington. She has worked in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and academic industries and always comes back to her roots of ensuring optimal care for the animals and people in the laboratory animal field. While not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and extended family & friends.

Dr. Thompson-Iritani is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional and Certified Human Animal Bond Practitioner