Upcoming Events
ILAR Workshop
Performance Standards in the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
20-21 April 2015
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Workshop in Laboratory Animal Medicine
North Carolina State Univ-College of Vet. Med.
14-17 May 2015
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Mock ACLAM Exam
Indiana University School of Medicine
28 May 2015
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Eagleson Biosafety and Occupational Health Conferences
Lafayette, CA
7-11 June 2015
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Charles River Short Course
Marriott Hotel, Newton, MA
15-18 June 2015
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Zebrafish Husbandry Education Workshop
Birmingham, AL
23-25 June 2015
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2015 Certification Exam
28 June 2015
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Hannover Germany
12-13 September 2015
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  • ACLAM Announcements - 4
  • International News - 5
  • Foundation News - 5
  • Open Positions - 8
  • ACLAM Forum 2015 - 15




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Register for the 2015 Forum

The ACLAM Forum will be held May 3-6, 2015, at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The agenda includes "Change Management and Leadership Development", "Occupational Health", "Preclinical Research Models" and more.

Make sure you've paid your 2015 dues before registering, so you can take advantage of the member rate. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Meeting Registration | Meeting Information

The Hotel Monteleone is now full, but you can book within the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans group block through Friday, April 10 by calling the reservations line at 1-800-SONESTA and asking for the Group Code "0503ACLAMA" or the Group Name "The ACLAM 2015 Annual Forum" at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans. You can also register online by following this link.


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

View or download the PHS Policy here: View | PDF | eBook


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

Dear Colleagues,

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
ASLAP President


The 2015 Charles River Prize for Laboratory Animal Science

Charles River is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 38th annual Charles River Prize. This award will be presented in Phoenix, AZ at the 66th American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting, November 1-5, 2015. The Charles River Prize, consisting of a suitably-inscribed plaque, 2-year membership to AALAS, and a check, will be awarded. The Charles River Prize recognizes a veterinarian for his/her outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine.

The nominee should be a veterinarian who has had significant, consistent contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine. The nominee need not be a member of any specific professional organization but should be active in a laboratory animal science or medicine professional organization. The nominee may be a resident of any country.

Please forward your nominations to Dr. Marilyn Brown by email at marilyn.brown@crl.com or by mail at Charles River, 251 Ballardvale Street, Wilmington, MA 01887. Nominations should be received no later than May 15, 2015 for processing.

Each nomination should contain the following supporting information:

  • Name, mailing address, college and year of graduation
  • Nature of professional activity (type of salaried work)
  • Organization membership (professional and scientific)
  • Honors or awards
  • Bibliography
  • Brief sketch on nominees professional background 
  • Statement pertaining to his/her qualifications for the award
  • Up to three letters of support for the nomination


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



College History

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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.

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