The AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals. This year's event will take place virtually – registered delegates will be able to view recordings of the presentations between 25 October and 31 December 2020. After this date, viewing access can be purchased via the AALAS On Demand website. Visit the AALAS website to find out more about this year's programme.
Details of sessions featuring NC3Rs speakers are below:
- Best Practices for Inflammation-based Animal Models
- Research Animal Behavioural Management for the 21st Century
Co-sponsored by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
Animal care programs have been critically evaluating practices and striving for broad consistency in laboratory animal management for nearly 70 years, but now these efforts run in tandem with core scientific organizations as they develop position statements, recommendations, and guidance on the use of animals as model species. Nearly every field of study has engaged in the task of reaching an individual consensus. As consensus statements begin to reach publication, it is clear that awareness and collaboration in the development of these standards will be integral to the provision of high-quality animal husbandry, veterinary care, and compliance programs in the light of high-quality research.
This seminar will immerse attendees in the current best practice guidance for a limited scope of popular animal models based on stimulating inflammation. Animal models involving inflammation can be challenging to manage and refine as many common supportive care efforts, such as analgesics, fluid therapy, group housing, etc., may confound or possibly invalidate the data collected. Thus, the scientific community has taken to the literature to evaluate and describe ideal study conduct as it relates to the common animal models of sepsis, venous thrombosis, ischemic stroke, and obesity.
Attendees will come away with the most up-to-date information in field-driven best practices for the highlighted animal models, which can (and should) be considered for implementation at their respective institutions. The content of this seminar will impact the day-to-day work of vivarium managers, veterinary teams, research scientists, and IACUC members or administrators.
Best practice for sepsis models: the MOTiPSS guidelines
Dr Jean A Nemzek-Hamlin, University of Michigan
Best practice for venous thrombosis models
Dr José Antonio Diaz, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Best practice for stroke models: the IMPROVE guidelines
Dr Nathalie Percie du Sert, NC3Rs
Best practice for obesity research
Dr Portia S. Allen, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Co-sponsored by the NC3Rs and Charles River
Improving the welfare of research animals and increasing the validity and reproducibility of scientific outputs attained from working with animals in science in the 21st century requires taking the next step and developing an approach that not only addresses reducing potential pain and distress, but also promotes positive welfare and experiences. This can be achieved by implementing a comprehensive behavioural management programme for all species that we work with and care for in research facilities.
This seminar will discuss what a comprehensive behavioural management programme should address for research animals and how to move institutions in this direction, as well as provide concrete examples of how this is being addressed for a range of common research animal species. After attending this session, participants will be able to describe necessary components of behavioural management programmes that should be considered for all species, how to better prepare research animals for scientific procedures, and how addressing behavioural management improves overall animal welfare, scientific outcomes, and employee satisfaction.
This seminar is intended for animal caregivers, research and behaviour personnel, veterinary professionals, AWERB/IACUC members, and scientists.
An introduction to components of a comprehensive research animal behavioural management program
Dr Patricia Turner, Charles River
Training dogs in a research environment
Peter Fisher, GSK
A new approach to working with rats in research
Marie Eriksson, RISE
Low stress handling and behaviour management techniques for pigs
Fernando De La Garza, BD
Improving macaque behavioural management to achieve more consistent scientific outcomes
Dr Aileen Milne, Charles River
Initial results of an international survey on nonhuman primate behavioural management
Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs & Dr Kate Baker, Tulane NPRC