Pain ScalesOur upcoming webinar, Facial Expression ("Grimace") Scales for Pain Assessment of Laboratory Species, will be on July 7, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

The speaker will help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of different pain scales by providing:

  • A review of the psychometric principles underlying scale validation
  • A practical guide to facial expression scales, using rats and rabbits as examples
  • An overview of current developments in animal pain assessment

Diversion ControlThe next webinar, Diversion Control in the Laboratory Animal Research Environment, will be on July 22, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

This webinar will help you prepare for a potential visit by the DEA by:

  • Providing a review of the history of diversion control
  • Discussing unique challenges faced in many sectors of animal research and common issues identified among practitioners
  • Offering suggestions for ways to ensure your program meets the requirements of the Controlled Substances Act

Sustainable Compassion Fatigue ProgramsOn August 18, 2020, we will have Institutional and Management Strategies for the Development of Sustainable Compassion Fatigue Support Programs, from 8:00 to 9:30 am CT (3:00 to 4:30 pm Central European Time).

The speaker has developed institutional strategies for the development of compassion fatigue programs and in this webinar, she will discuss:

  • The importance of emotional support and wellbeing of animal caregivers
  • How institutions can develop a program to strengthen coping mechanisms
  • Strategies to foster self-care, peer support, and management support

AALAS Educational Opportunities

AALAS offers a host of educational opportunities and resources.

  • Visit our Educational Resources page to learn about materials available through the AALAS Bookstore.
  • The AALAS Learning Library contains a variety of courses designed for laboratory animal professionals at any career level.
  • The pinnacle of the AALAS year is the National Meeting. This event is designed to provide attendees with educational opportunities throughout the five day meeting.
  • Finally, the GLAS program (Grants for Laboratory Animal Science) offers competitive short-term research grants in the LAS field.