Joseph T. Bielitzki, DVM, MS

Consultant & Science Advisor

Joseph T. Bielitzki currently works as a consultant for the pet care industry.  He serves as a science advisor for the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition in Waltham-on-the-Wolds, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. Dr. Bielitzki’s interests include developing novel research and clinical approaches to biomedical problems, ethics in biomedical research, and primate medicine. Most notably, Joe served on the ILAR committee that produced the 2011 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  He has served on numerous IACUCs during his career and speaks frequently on ethical issues and animal use. Currently on the Board of Directors of the Scientists’ Center for Animal Welfare, he also is active in the International Primatological Society as well as a number of great ape conservation projects in Central Africa.  Dr. Bielitzki has worked in government, academia, industry and private practice to include the University of Central Florida, where he chaired the IRB, coordinated the human research protection program, and served as the Associate Director of the NanoScience Technology Center. He also served as the Attending Veterinarian at the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Biomedical Research, in Orlando.  He worked in industry as the Chief Operations Officer for LensAR, Inc., a biotechnology firm developing laser surgical methodology for ophthalmology.  Before moving to Florida, he was the Chief Veterinary Officer at NASA and as a Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).