2014 registration will open 10-1-13
What Is ILAM?
The Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM) is an AALAS educational program developed to provide instruction in management concepts that is applicable to the laboratory animal science industry and to enhance communication, team building, and networking among colleagues with mutual interests.
Directors, managers, and supervisors of laboratory animal facilities have seen their roles grow more and more complex over the years, and they have found themselves in a unique profession. People in management positions must be able to interpret the social, political, and economic environments in which they operate and use administrative and technical skills to maintain and improve their animal care and use programs. The vast majority of persons in these positions were trained in biologic and veterinary sciences and must find additional training in management skills to fulfill their administrative roles.
ILAM was initiated by AALAS in 1992 and graduated the first class in 1993. ILAM is sanctioned by the AALAS Board of Trustees and is governed by the ILAM Committee.
Upon completion of the two-year program, each student will receive a certificate recognizing his/her successful completion of the program.
The program includes 64 classroom hours of instruction over a two-year period. The school provides a progressive program requiring 32 hours of instruction annually. Orientation and classes for each level will begin on the first or second weekend in May, and closing ceremonies will conclude the program on the following Thursday evening.
Class topics vary from year to year depending on the needs of the industry and the requests of the students. The following are examples of some of the previous class titles from both Level I and Level II:
ILAM faculty are selected for their expertise on subjects relating to management and specifically to managing laboratory animal care and use programs.
ILAM is held at a facility in Memphis that is specifically designed for educational programs, meetings, and conferences. Regular meals are provided buffet style to enhance networking with classmates and support the “total immersion” concept of the program.
The ILAM registration fee includes tuition, instruction, class materials, and the closing banquet. Housing and meals are arranged as a package for the five days (additional lodging options are available at the participant's expense). See application for current rates.
Payments must be made in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank using a check or money order. VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are also accepted. Purchase orders will be accepted; however, your registration will not be guaranteed until the invoice is paid in full.
Registration forms are available each year on October 1 for the following year’s classes. Only completed applications accompanied with the full registration fee will be accepted. Registration cannot be made by phone. Applicants paying with credit card may do so by fax. Class size is limited and acceptance into the program is based upon the first applications received that are accompanied with payment. Contact the AALAS office for further information.
Participants must make their own transportation arrangements. Transportation to and from the Memphis airport is provided by the hotel.
Continuing Education Units
Participation in each year of ILAM qualifies toward the AALAS Technician Certification Registry requirements at all levels of certification and has been approved for CEUs from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.