Dr. Rachel Cumberbatch is the Vice President for Regulatory and International Affairs at the Animal Health Institute (AHI). In this capacity, Dr. Cumberbatch leads the scientific team responsible for facilitating conversations between US regulators (EPA, FDA, and USDA) and the collective industry on essential topics, including enhancing the regulatory review process, reducing the number of animals utilized in biomedical research, and supporting risk-based policy to decrease the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Dr. Cumberbatch served as the staff lead for the 5th Animal Drug User Fee Action (ADUFA) negotiation. Her work also includes representing the industry on trade and international standards topics, including working with international organizations, such as the Codex Alimentarius and World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). She was appointed as an advisor to the USDA Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Animals and Animal Products in 2021 where she provides technical advice to USDA and USTR to inform U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives.
Dr. Cumberbatch’s experience includes clinical veterinary practice and serving as a Science fellow in the US Environmental Protection Agency and in the US Senate. Dr. Cumberbatch earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from Purdue University.