7-11 June 2015
Marriott Hotel, Newton, MA
15-18 June 2015
23-25 June 2015
28 June 2015
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Deadline: 1 July 2015
12-13 September 2015
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2014 Salary Survey
The 2014 Salary Survey is now available in the members-only section under the "Demographics" heading. The purpose of this economic survey is to assess the total annual professional income of laboratory animal veterinarians working in the United States, reflecting also the details and differences between types of employment, job specifics, and levels of experience and responsibility of professionals working in this field. It is repeated every three years under joint sponsorship of ACLAM and ASLAP. The results of this work have been used for a variety of purposes, including peer-comparisons of salary for recruitment and retention efforts by employers and for indirect indications of market place employment conditions of the laboratory animal veterinary medical specialty.
Update to the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
The PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals has been updated. The 2015 revision reflects the following changes:
-adoption of the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals;
-implementation of the 2013 Edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals;
-modification to footnotes 2, 7, 9, 11, and 13 requiring that PHS-Assured institutions comply with USDA regulations that are applicable to their programs;
-change in OLAW contact information; and
-minor grammatical corrections.
Learn more at NOT-OD-15-079.
Laboratory Animal Transportation
ACLAM recognizes the vital role of live animals in research, and supports animal based research as a legitimate, necessary, and socially responsible activity. Domestic and international transport of animals is essential to maintaining progress toward advances in human and animal health. Research animal transportation is conducted under highly supervised conditions, in accordance with strict, accepted standards, and in compliance with a variety of government regulations. Transport by experienced and licensed animal couriers ensures the safe and appropriate handling of animals.
ACLAM supports the continued transportation of live animals for research purposes in accord with the aforementioned standards and regulations.
ASLAP Resolution Passed by AVMA House of Delegates
ASLAP is pleased to announce the passage of a resolution in the AVMA House of Delegates regarding research animal transportation. The resolution has resulted in the AVMA formally adopting the following policy as of January 10, 2015:
Transportation of research animals refers to any movement of all animals intended for use in biomedical research, testing, and/or education from one facility (dedicated breeding or research) to another. The AVMA supports the transportation of animals for research, testing and education when that transportation is conducted in accord with guidelines that assure animals are handled properly and transport is conducted humanely. Those handling research animals during transport must be well trained and competent in performing related tasks and making related decisions.
While supportive of animal-based research, the AVMA has not previously had a policy on research animal transportation until this new one written and proposed by ASLAP. With this new policy, the AVMA will support ASLAP’s activities promoting humane research animal transportation and maintain a pro-research animal transportation stance as it pertains to AVMA’s position on transportation of research animals (whether regulatory or legislative).
ASLAP worked with the AVMA Animal Welfare Division in crafting this policy which received overwhelming support from the entire House of Delegates.
On behalf of the ASLAP Board of Directors, I would like to thank Drs. Stacy Pritt, William (Bill) Stokes, William (Bill) White, Wendy Underwood, and Mark Suckow (ASLAP HOD Delegate, ASLAP HOD Alternate Delegate, ASLAP Member, ASLAP President-Elect, and ASLAP Past President, respectively) for their work at the HOD meeting to secure passage of the resolution as well as Donna Clemons who helped with writing the resolution.
Suzanne Craig, DACLAM
Publications of Interest
Biology and Diseases of the Ferret, 3rd Edition
James G. Fox and Robert P. Marini, Editors.
Click here for details.
Laboratory Animal Welfare, 2013
Kathryn Bayne and Patricia V. Turner, eds.:
See: http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123851031 and
The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents
Now published electronically and available for sale as an e-book:
See: http://www.elsevierdirect.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123809209 and
Public Support of Research Funding
Colorado State University has launched an effort to encourage public support of research funding that is being distributed broadly.
Please feel free to pass on:
This effort recently was featured in the NY Times:
A New Interactive Web Site Designed to Help Scientists to Improve the Design of Their Animal Experiments.
Animal experiments are not always well designed, leading to both ethical concerns and a waste of scientific resources. This is a world-wide problem. But training scientists is difficult as there so are few statisticians with a good understanding of laboratory animal science, able to provide such training. This new web site is designed to help scientists to teach themselves the necessary skills. After an introduction on the ethics of animal experimentation, showing that improvements are needed, it goes on to cover choice of experimental units, avoiding bias, power and sample size, controlling variability, types of experimental design, factorial experiments, statistical analysis and publication guidelines. Most sections are followed by a “Test yourself” page of true/false questions. The web site is free and non-commercial.
Ph.D. supervisors and members of ethical review committees could ask anyone new to research on animals to work through the site and download the pdf Certificate which states that : “I Certify that I have worked through all pages of the web site www.3Rs-Reduction.co.uk, and that I understand the importance of good experimental design in minimising the number of laboratory animals used in biomedical research.” This should lead, over a period of time, to a general improvement, saving both animals and scientific resources.
2013 AVMA Euthanasia Guidelines Finalized