The AALAS National Meeting

There are three technician-oriented events at the AALAS National Meeting:

  • The Technician Fun Fair
  • The Hunter Lecture
  • Technician Lunch & Learn

The Technician Fun Fair is an educational, scavanger hunt which focuses on a set of questions about AALAS, the AALAS National Meeting, and exhibiting companies. The Tech Fair is an exciting way for technicians to learn more about the National Meeting and interact with vendors. Everyone competing will receive a certificate of completion worth 4 CEUs toward the AALAS Technician Certification Registry. There will be drawings for prizes for those scoring 80% or better on their exam.

Dr. Charles Hunter, a past president of AALAS, was a strong supporter of technician education and training. A fund was developed for technician-oriented educational opportunities, which became the Hunter Lecture series. The topics and speakers vary each year. Technicians of all levels are encouraged to attend.

The Technician Lunch & Learn provides a relaxed and casual environment to learn  new things while enjoying lunch with technicians from other facilities. The "learn" portion of the two-hour session will vary from year to year, but technicians can always be assured of useful and worthwhile topics relating directly to their needs.

Speaker: Paula Clifford, MLA, CVT, RLATG is the Executive Director for Americans for Medical Progress where she is leading national advocacy efforts. She currently serves as Commercial Training Partner’s (CTPer) Chair on the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange Biennial Conference Committee, Co-Chair for the AREA program for the AALAS TriBranch Symposium, and a volunteer for Homes for Animal Heroes.

Topic: Are you excited by the care innovations that your program has made and want to share them with friends and family? Or do you want to help improve the impression that some have about animal research? Nothing is more effective in influencing attitudes than one-on-one advocacy! This Lunch and Learn will explore what you can do as a research advocate, offer tools and resources to get you started, and help you find your best fit with a local or national advocacy organization.Through mock scenarios and practice using current advocacy materials, we’ll help you build skills to talk about the importance of your work with animals in research and to inspire others to learn about medical advances. Together, we’ll develop action items to help you apply what you have learned through involvement in one of many outreach opportunities.