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Crystal L. Thomas, D.V.M.

Facility Veterinarian, Building 50

Comparative Medicine Branch

Major Areas of Research

  • Technical training and development of investigators and facility staff
  • Appropriate use of analgesics for research subjects
  • Supportive care for postoperative patients in a research setting


Dr. Thomas earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1991 from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

In 1998, Dr. Thomas returned to active duty Army and staff positions at the Naval Medical Center; Portsmouth, Virginia, Clinical Investigations and Research Department; and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Veterinary Sciences Department, where she was responsible for managing day-to-day operations and maintaining advanced-level training programs for users of the animal facilities at each location. After transferring to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in October 2002, Dr. Thomas served in a variety of rewarding roles with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Animal Health and Care Section. She has also completed both a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s biological resources laboratory in laboratory animal medicine and a senior staff fellowship at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences with the Comparative Medicine Branch. After more than 16 years of combined service in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and previously as an NIH staff scientist, Dr. Thomas has been a member of the NIAID Comparative Medicine Branch staff for the last four years, where she has served as the Building 50 facility veterinarian.

Services Offered

  • Veterinary services and consultation
  • Animal study planning and proposal review

Last Updated August 26, 2013