The main purpose of Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) Congress is to introduce Animal Technologists to the latest developments in all aspects of animal based research and technology.
The NC3Rs will be attending the IAT Congress and will also be running two workshops at the event in conjunction with AstraZeneca.
Dr Kathryn Owen, NC3Rs Programme Manager for Animal Welfare will be running the workshops to explore approaches to providing laboratory rats with a complex environment and increased opportunity to exercise. Each workshop will feature short talks on rat behaviour and welfare as well as group break-out sessions to explore the barriers to adoption of complex rat environments and how to practically implement improvements to the environment of laboratory rats.
The workshops will be held on 21 and 22 March 2017. The programme for these workshops is below.
Play time for rats? Exploring practical approaches to implementation of a more complex environment and increased opportunity to exercise in a laboratory animal facility.
1. Short talks:
- What do rats need? Dr Joanna Makowska, University of British Columbia
- Taking the rat out of the wild: Have we taken the wild out of the rat? Dr Manuel Berdoy, Oxford University Biomedical Services
- Practical strategies to providing a complex environment - a first-hand perspective. Kate Shenton, AstraZeneca
2. Coffee and poster session
3. Breakout groups:
- Exploring the barriers to adoption of complex rat environments and practical solutions
The closing date for registration is 3 March 2017.
Further information including details of other speakers, how to register and a full event programme are available on the IAT website.