Celebrating 40 Years of Service

Miguel Alvarez started his career at Stanford in 1973 as an Animal Caretaker I in what was then the Division of Laboratory Medicine (DLAM).  He moved through the ranks of the Animal Caretaker (AC) job family, being promoted to ACII in 1976 and ACIII in 1986.  Through his tenure as an ACI-III, “Mike” developed a reputation for excellence.  Mike was coined the “ambassador” of the department, earning him a special award for his “first-class contributions.”

Mike consistently went above and beyond his role to meet the high standards set for animal care and welfare at Stanford. His “natural ability to manage” was evident to his supervisor at the time, and in 1987, Mike was promoted to Animal Care Supervisor, a role that has suited him well.

In 2001, the Northern California Branch of AALAS honored Mike with the Al Edward Award in recognition of an outstanding laboratory animal supervisor. His supporting letters described him as optimistic and determined, a strong leader in times of change, and a loyal, dedicated individual.

In 2010, Mike commissioned the first ever barrier mouse facility at Stanford.  He was selected to supervise the facility because of his strong leadership skills and vast knowledge of specialized animal care.  The researchers rely on Mike and his team to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness and animal care, an objective Mike aspires to every day.

If you ask Mike what his goals are for the future, he will tell you that he wants to be the longest serving employee at Stanford.  If the past is any indication, he is well on his way! On behalf of everyone who has benefited from his excellent work, immense knowledge, or mentorship over the years, thank you, Mike!

DeVere Charron (Supervisor)