Committee on Technician Awareness and Development (CTAD)

The Committee on Technician Awareness Development (CTAD) was designed to provide technicians with an active voice in AALAS. The CTAD’s goals are to:

  • Establish initiatives at AALAS specifically geared to enhance technicians’ roles
  • Recognize technicians as one of the assets of the national organization 
  • Develop technician programs and encourage participation at the AALAS National Meeting 
  • Encourage technicians to take an active role in all AALAS activities, meetings, and publications at the national, district, and branch levels 
  • Provide information and support to laboratory animal technicians through the Technician Branch Representative (TBR) Network
Serving as a vital support network, the CTAD is a professional and personal resource for laboratory animal technicians.

The Technician Branch Representative (TBR) Network

As an essential part of the CTAD, the Technician Branch Representative (TBR) network fosters an indispensable connection between national AALAS and laboratory animal technicians who work in the field. Responsible for delivering information about AALAS national programs and activities, TBRs remain in close contact with district committee members.

Included in TBRs’ responsibilities are:

  • Sharing technicians’ activities, ideas, and suggestions
  • Assisting technicians in promoting biomedical research on a local basis 
  • Providing technicians with professional opportunities and strategies
  • Encouraging technician participation in AALAS at a local and national level 
  • Requesting technicians’ articles for AALAS publications 
  • Communicate at least quarterly with their CTAD district representative

Technician Branch Representatives must be AALAS national members and dedicated branch members who are able to attend meetings and conduct CTAD business.

Through the hard work and effort of the CTAD and its TBR network, AALAS offers laboratory animal technicians a variety of opportunities.

Contact Nancy Dorcy for resources and to learn more about the CTAD and the TBR network.