Kay Stewart Concurrent Associate Professional Specialist

Animal Resources for Comparative Medicine
Kay Stewart

Research Interests:

Animals play an integral role in our society. From the pet with which we form a very strong bond to the animal that provides the meat at our table, we are morally obligated to treat all with respect and provide for their needs. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, I have taken an oath to alleviate suffering for all animals. Academically, I am able to provide students with the insights of how all animals impact our society and how we can balance the use of animals for food, entertainment (in the form of zoos/aquariums only) and biomedical research by providing the best and most appropriate care for them. Exploring new options for enriching the lives of captive animals is another area interest. This includes refinement of technical procedures and housing options for all captive animals. Ethics surrounding the use of animals are very controversial and thus are great topics for the academic setting.



  • Associate Director of Freimann Life Science Center, University of Notre Dame- August 1998-Present
  • Interim Director 2015
  • Faculty Advisor to the Proponents of Animal Welfare Service (PAWS) Club 2009-Present
  • Faculty Advisor to the Equestrian Club/Team 2008 - 2013
  • Interim Director 1997-1998
  • Associate Professional Specialist 1995
  • Faculty Advisor to Pre-Vet Club 1993-Present
  • Promoted to Assistant Professional Specialist 1986
  • Promoted to Assistant Manager 1986
  • Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, School of Veterinary Medicine 1982
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification


Selected Professional Activities:

  • Indiana Veterinary Technician Association (IVTA)
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
  • North American Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA)
  • Society for Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians (SLAVT)