Dr. Golab earned her PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 1987 and her DVM from the University of Illinois in 1991.
After completing a medical and surgical internship, and several years in private practice, she accepted a position with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a scientific editor for the ''Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association ''and the ''American Journal of Veterinary Research''. In 1998, Golab joined the AVMA's Division of Education and Research as an assistant director, serving as staff consultant for issues related to human-animal interactions (animal welfare, human-animal bond). In 2001, she became assistant director of the Association’s Communications Division, where she continued to serve as staff consultant on human-animal interactions and also managed professional and public affairs and crisis communications for the Association. In 2006, Dr. Golab became associate director of the AVMA’s newly created Animal Welfare Division and, in 2007, was named director of that Division.
Dr. Golab provides staff support for the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee; Panels on Euthanasia, Depopulation, and Humane Slaughter; Model Animal Welfare Curriculum Planning Group; Strategic Task Force on the American Journal of Veterinary Research; and previously was staff consultant for its Animal Welfare Advisory Committee; Committee on the Human-Animal Bond; Task Force on the Housing of Pregnant Sows; Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions; Task Force on the Legal Status of Animals; and Task Force on State Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives; was a member of the AVMA Animal Welfare Governance Task Force; and represented the AVMA on the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy’s Board of Directors. She also provides staff oversight for the AVMA’s animal welfare forums and symposia.
Often acting in an advisory capacity, Dr. Golab currently represents the AVMA on the panel of advisors for the Food Marketing Institute Animal Welfare Program, is a member of United Egg Producers’ Scientific Advisory Committee for Animal Welfare and the Sysco Animal Welfare Advisory Council, chairs the US Animal Health Association’s Animal Welfare Committee, and serves as the AVMA liaison to the Federation of Animal Science Societies’ Scientific Advisory Committee on Animal Care Use and Standards. She was an active participant in the Future Trends in Animal Agriculture program developed by USDA-CSREES, vice-chaired the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Committee, and served as a member of the Animal Welfare Working Group of Farm Foundation’s Future of Animal Agriculture in North America project. Dr. Golab represents the AVMA on the steering committee of the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI); has assisted hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare centers with the development of guidelines and protocols for animal-assisted activity, animal-assisted therapy, and resident animal programs (animal suitability, welfare assessment, and disease control); and has assisted in the development of animal care guidelines for retail pet stores.
In 2005, Dr. Golab was inducted into the National Academies of Practice (the nation’s distinguished interdisciplinary healthcare forum addressing public policy, education, research, and inquiry). In 2008 she became the first American veterinarian to quality for certification as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists’ Animal Welfare Chapter (MANZCVS) and in 2012 she became a Charter Diplomate of the newly AVMA-recognized American College of Animal Welfare (DACAW).
Dr. Golab’s more than 30 years of involvement in the human-animal interactions field, including research and policy development, began as an undergraduate, transcends both professional degrees, and has included opportunities for exposure to a variety of concerns affecting diverse species. Work experiences in academia, industry, and private practice set the stage for a well-balanced approach to difficult issues.