Randy Elkins, D.V.M.

Randy Elkins, D.V.M.

Associate Director, Laboratory Animal Resources and Director, Animal Program, Division of Intramural Research
Chief, Comparative Medicine Branch
Chief, Infectious Disease Pathogenesis Section

Major Areas of Research

  • Biostability of research models and issues related to animal welfare
  • Adventitious infections and inherent disease conditions of laboratory animals
  • Nonhuman primate-modeled infectious diseases and vaccine development support

Services Offered

Nonhuman primate research animal models


Dr. Elkins obtained his D.V.M. from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. He then completed a one-year internship in large animal surgery at the University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Following several years of clinical practice in California, he completed a residency in comparative pathology at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, Maryland. He joined the NIAID Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Laboratory of Infectious Diseases (LID), Immunodeficiency Viruses Section, as a senior staff laboratory animal veterinarian in 1992 and was promoted to head of the Experimental Primate Virology Section, LID, in 1997. Dr. Elkins was appointed DIR Associate Director for Nonhuman Primate Research in 2000 and DIR Associate Director for Laboratory Animal Resources and Animal Program Director in December 2001. He became specialty board-certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1996.

Selected Publications

Michaud CR, Ragland DR, St Claire MC, Elkins WR, Gozalo AS. Mucinous cystadenoma in the lung of a Captive-born Moustached Tamarin (Saguinus mystax)J Comp Pathol. 2013 Aug-Oct;149(2-3):376-80.

Gozalo AS, Zerfas PM, Starost MF, Lambert LE, Elkins WR. Pancreatic endocrine tumour with disseminated pulmonary thromboembolism in an owl monkey (Aotus nancymae)J Comp Pathol. 2013 Jul;149(1):132-6.

Purcell RH, Emgle RE, Govindarajan S, Herbert R, St Claire M, Elkins WR, Cook A, Shaver C, Beauregard M. Pathobiology of hepatitis E: lessons learned from primate modelsEmerg Microbes Infect. 2013(2):e9.

Michaud CR, Ragland DR, Shea KI, Zerfas PM, Kastenmayer RJ, St Claire MC, Elkins WR, Gozalo AS. Spontaneous pulmonary alveolar proteinosis in captive "moustached tamarins" (Saguinus mystax)Vet Pathol. 2012 Jul;49(4):629-35.

Kastenmayer RJ, Moore RM, Bright AL, Torres-Cruz R, Elkins WR. Select agent and toxin regulations: beyond the eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory AnimalsJ Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2012 May;51(3):333-8.

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