Eric K. Hutchinson, DVM, DACLAM

Eric K. Hutchinson, DVM, DACLAM

Assistant Professor



Georgetown Univeristy, Washington DC
Colorado State Univeristy, Fort Collins CO



Dr. Eric K. Hutchinson is the Associate Director of Research Animal Resources and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

His research focuses on the behavioral and physiological consequences of laboratory environments for research animals, and how those may impact experiments.

Dr. Hutchinson studied English and psychology at Georgetown University, then worked as an animal behavior and enrichment specialist at the National Institutes of Health Division of Veterinary Resources for four years before attending veterinary school at Colorado State University. At CSU, he worked as the enrichment coordinator for Laboratory Animal Resources and conducted research on the effects of typical cage enrichments on the physiology and behavior of mice. He completed the laboratory animal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2012. He directed the behavioral management program at NIH's Division of Veterinary Resources from 2014-2016 before returning to Johns Hopkins.


Current Research

Dr. Hutchinson’s primary research experience and interests are the behavioral and physiological consequences of laboratory environments for research animals, and how those may impact experiments.

He has ongoing projects examining the biological correlates and treatment of self-injurious behavior in rhesus macaques; testing pharmacologic and behavioral interventions to facilitate social introductions of nonhuman primates; and validating conventional and novel tests of animal well-being.

He has also conducted clinical research into the diagnosis and treatment of wasting syndrome in marmosets and chronic diarrhea in macaques.


Selected Publications

  1. Hutchinson EK. "Interactions with Veterinary Medicine." Handbook of Primate Behavioral Management. Ed. Stephen Schapiro. In Press
  2. Bloomsmith MA, Perlman J, Hutchinson EK, Sharpless M. "Behavioral Management Programs to Promote Laboratory Animal Welfare." Management of Animal Care and Use Programs in Research, Teaching, and Testing, Second Edition. Ed. Mark A. Suckow, Fred A. Douglas, Robert H. Weichbrod. In Press
  3. Izzi JM, Beck SE, Adams RJ, Metcalf Pate KA, Hutchinson EK. Serum Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) Concentrations in Rhesus (Macaca mulatta) and Pig-tailed (Macaca nemestrina) Macaques with Chronic Idiopathic Diarrhea. Comp Med. 2016; 66:324-32
  4. Freeman ZT, Krall C, Rice KA, Adams RJ, Metcalf Pate KA, Hutchinson EK. Severity and Distribution of Wounds in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) Correlate with Observed Self-Injurious Behavior. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2015; 54:516-20
  5. Olson EJ, Shaw GC, Hutchinson EK, Schultz-Darken N, Bolton ID, Parker JB, Morrison JM, Baxter VK, Pate KA, Mankowski JL, Carlson CS. Bone Disease in the Common Marmoset: Radiographic and Histological Findings. Vet Pathol. 2015 52:883-93

View complete list of publications on PubMed.