Dr. Harut Avsaroglu


Dr. Harut Avsaroglu graduated (DVM) from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 1999. Following two years of private veterinary practice he returned to Utrecht University to pursue a PhD (2001-2004) on laboratory animal anesthesia. During this time, he was also locum veterinarian for the Central Laboratory Animal Institute (CLAI) at Utrecht University. In 2004, Dr. Avsaroglu became manager of veterinary affairs and started a residency in laboratory animal medicine at CLAI. In 2007, he completed the Post-Graduate Vocational Course on Laboratory Animal Science. From 2008, he was seconded as clinical veterinarian at the Animal Research Institute AMC (ARIA) in Amsterdam and at TNO Triskelion (2009-2011) in Zeist.  Dr. Avsaroglu achieved board certification by the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2010. The following year he left CLAI and was employed as clinical veterinary manager at ARIA. In 2016, he joined Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross), St Kitts, West Indies, as both Director of Animal Resources and Attending Veterinarian.

Dr. Avsaroglu provides leadership and oversight of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program at Ross and currently leads and manages the full accreditation process for AAALAC International. He also contributes to the DVM/postgraduate teaching program in the areas of laboratory animal medicine and science and participates in individual and collaborative research under the One Health research centers at Ross. He is an active member of several university committees including the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Postgraduate and Research Committee and the Business Operations Committee and serves as faculty advisor for our student chapter of the American Society for Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP). In 2017, Dr. Avsaroglu was elected to serve as the World Veterinary Association’s (WVA) Councillor for International Discipline-Centred Organizations.


  1. Timmermans R, Avsaroglu H, De Grouw J. Zebrafish health monitoring programme. 11th FELASA Symposium, June 14-17, 2010, Helsinki
  2. Arndt SS, Mazlan NH, Van’t Klooster J, Van Lith HA, Kirchhoff S, Hoekman MFM, Avsaroglu H, Ohl F. Comparison of Saphenous Venipuncture and Submandibular Bleeding in BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice. 11th FELASA Symposium, June 14-17, 2010, Helsinki.
  3. Avsaroglu H (2009) Genetic background and the response to anaesthetics and analgesics: A pharmacogenetic approach to identify the causes of strain-specific responses in rat and rabbit. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag
  4. Avsaroglu H (2009) Cavia & Konijn. In: Proefdierkunde. Handboek voor biotechnici en dierverzorgers (Boot R, Prins JB, Rooymans TP, Strootman JC, eds.). Oss: Stichting Proefdierkundige Informatie, pp. 117-143
  5. Avsaroglu H, Bull S, Maas-Bakker RF, Scherpenisse P, Van Lith HA, Bergwerff AA, Hellebrekers LJ, Van Zutphen LFM, Fink-Gremmels J (2008) Differences in hepatic cytochrome P450 activity correlate with the strain-specific biotransformation of medetomidine in AX/JU and IIIVO/JU inbred rabbits. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 31, 368-377
    LINK: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2885.2008.00969.x
  6. Avsaroglu H, Sommer R, Hellebrekers LJ, Van Zutphen LFM, Van Lith HA (2008) The effects of buprenorphine on behaviour in the ACI and BN rat inbred strains. Laboratory Animals, 42, 171-184
    LINK: http://dspace.library.uu.nl/bitstream/handle/1874/31975/LA-07-017.pdf
  7. Van Loo PLP, Kuin N, Sommer R, Avsaroglu H, Pham T, Baumans V (2007) Impact of ‘living apart together’ on post-operative recovery of mice compared to social and individual housing. Laboratory Animals, 41, 441-455
    LINK: http://www.metris.nl/media/documents/laboras/Publications/2007%20-%20Van%20Loo%20-%20Post%20operative%20recovery%20and%20housing.pdf
  8. Avsaroglu H, Van der Sar AS, Van Lith HA, Van Zutphen LFM, Hellebrekers LJ (2007) Differences in response to anaesthetics and analgesics between inbred rat strains. Laboratory Animals, 41, 337-344
    LINK: http://dspace.library.uu.nl/bitstream/handle/1874/26154/Harut05-1011.pdf
  9. Bosma AA, Zijlstra C, Sommer R, Rogel-Gaillard C, Den Bieman MG, Avsaroglu H, van Zutphen LFM, Van Lith HA (2004) FISH mapping of BAC clones containing microsatellite loci enables the assignment of linkage groups to rabbit chromosomes. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 106, 19
  10. Avsaroglu H, Versluis A, Hellebrekers LJ, Haberham ZL, Van Zutphen LFM, Van Lith HA (2003) Strain differences in response to propofol, ketamine and medetomidine in rabbits. Veterinary Record, 152, 300.
    LINK: https://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/152/10/300