Upcoming Events


2014 AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium "Humane Endings - In Search of Best Practices for the Euthanasia, Humane Slaugher and Depopulation of Animals
3-5 November 2014
Rosemont, IL
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2015 Certification Exam
28 June 2015
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 Current Issue
     September 2014
  • President’s Message - 1
  • ACLAM Announcements - 3
  • ACLAMERS on the Rise - 8
  • Hot Topics - 9
  • Foundation News - 10
  • Open Positions - 12
  • In Memorium - 18




ACLAM Meetings at AALAS San Antonio 2014

Click here to view Excel file with a list of meetings.


Booth Staffing AALAS # 1830
Monday Oct 20 Name
8:30-11:00am Mathias LeBlanc
11:00-1:00PM Matt Schech
1:00-3:00PM Bob Quinn
3:00-5:00PM George DeLos Santos
Tuesday Oct 21  
9:00-11:00AM Mary Ann Vasbinder
11:00-1:00PM Liz Magden & Tina Weiner
1:00-3:00PM Tanya Burkholder
3:00-5:00PM Greg Boivin
Wednesday Oct 22  
9:00-11:00AM Jason Villano
11:00-1:30PM Angelina Williams


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.


ACLAM Forum Presentations available to view

Two presentations from the 2014 Forum are now available to view as a Pay Per View option. They include 1. An update on Pain Management by Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, DACLAM and 2. Change Management by Ed O'Neil , PhD. These received many positive comments from Forum attendees and we can now share them with those who did not make it to the Forum. Note:  These will be available until Dec. 31, 2014.  If you attended the Forum and wish to see these please contact the Executive Director – Mel Balk mwbaclam@gsinet.net  for your access code.

The videos have been monetized as posted below at your preference:

  • Pain Management- Lofgren- $29.95
  • Change Management- O’ Neil- $29.95
  • Bundle- $49.95

There will be a unique link for each video at $29.95, and then a playlist link for the bundle at $49.95 for both videos.  Posted below are the three links you will need to access these videos:

Once you access the link, you will be prompted to purchase the videos through the payment platform.  Please register and create an account, and then you may purchase the video.

Please allow a moment for each video to load.  Loading time may vary as the player attempts to determine the most appropriate stream quality for your individual internet connection speeds, and may take up to a few minutes to begin playing.“

Once a product is purchased you have unlimited views for that item.


OLAW Letter

In response to a recent invitation to comment on proposed guidance regarding significant changes to ongoing animal Activities, ACLAM has sent a letter, drafted by the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee and approved by the BOD, on 12 May 2014.

Click here to view a copy.


Publications of Possible Interest:


Biology and Diseases of the Ferret, 3rd Edition

James G. Fox and Robert P. Marini, Editors.

Click here for details.


Kathryn Bayne and Patricia V. Turner, eds.:
Laboratory Animal Welfare, 2013

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



College History

New content available in About Us


We Need your help to Keep the ACLAM Website Current

When you are using the ACLAM website and find outdated content, dead links, inaccurate content, or malfunctions, please notify the ACLAM Webmaster.   Diplomates and/or ACLAM Committees are encouraged to submit new content or suggestions for new capabilities or functions to the ACLAM Webmaster.

Substantive changes will be considered by the IT Management Committee, which includes the webmaster, for compliance within the College By-Laws, feasibility, etc.  ACLAM has contracted with AALAS for website server system and maintenance by AALAS IT technicians.   Website changes will be implemented by the ACLAM webmaster or AALAS IT technicians.


Public Support of Research Funding

Colorado State University has launched an effort to encourage public support of research funding that is being distributed broadly; We thought you might find this of interest.

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

Ref:  https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Euthanasia-Guidelines.aspx