Teklad diet, bedding and enrichment

Barbara Mickelson, PhD

Nutritionist

Areas of Expertise

+ Protein and amino acid metabolism

+ Diet formulation

Specialties

+ Lab animal nutrition
+ Customer support
+ Technical support
+ Product guidance

What are your responsibilities at Envigo?

My primary responsibilities include the formulation and technical support of standard and custom research laboratory animal diets. I support the sales staff with presentations to customers regarding the impact of diet on research endpoints. I also assist in our quality assurance program, attend scientific meetings, and provide direction for our technical services department.

My role, and that of the Teklad Diets team, is to convey to our customers and clients that diet matters. It is a valuable research tool when chosen with intention. We provide technical support for Teklad Diets - which consists of standard, natural ingredient, diets (like our Teklad Global Diets) and also very diverse custom diet offerings. 

What inspired you to pursue a career in science?

I grew up on a farm, and that experience offered me a chance to work hard and learn how things work. I was inspired by my high school chemistry and biology teachers to pursue a career in science.

What are some of the key attributes of being successful in your role?

I always have to have in mind the point of view of the person I am working with. It's important to understand and anticipate the level of detail that I should provide to help the customer or colleague gain actionable information. This actionable information can guide a decision to get to their next step in designing an experiment or deciding which diet they'll choose for their research. Sharing the right information at the right level is important.

What are the best parts of the job?

I love the education aspect of my job. The researchers we work with are very knowledgeable in their field, but often require guidance about nutrition and diets. We can really assist them to meet their research goals. In the process, we learn so much about different kinds of research.

Which career achievements make you proud?

My tenure at Envigo. I've been able to be effective and expand my influence on both customers and colleagues within Envigo to positively impact the company over the years and elevate the importance of our business unit within the overall company. I'm really proud of the products we produce, how our team interacts with customers, and the services we provide. I'm proud of what I've been able to build here and that our customers are routinely appreciative and recognize our work. 

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of Envigo?

My husband and I both grew up on farms. We now live on a farmette with our two, almost adult children. I love living all the way in the country and being involved in my kids' lives, whether it be their involvement in 4-H, Future Farmers of American, school, or athletics. Our social circle has expanded because we've gotten to meet a lot of cool and interesting people along the way. 

Please contact us if you have a question for Barb or would like to learn more about lab animal diets, bedding, and enrichment.

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