Compassion FatigueOur next webinar, Strategies for Developing an Institutional Program to Manage Compassion Fatigue, will be on February 22, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

The objectives will be to:

  • Introduce compassion fatigue as it applies to those who work directly with animals as well as IACUC members and support staff
  • Provide strategies to manage emotions
  • Share ideas for developing a sustainable compassion fatigue program at your institution

Rat WelfareThe following webinar, How to Improve Rat Welfare by Understanding Behavior, will be on March 27, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

The speaker will discuss the:

  • Range and adaptability of normal behavior in rats
  • Central role of behavior in adapting to harsh environments
  • Impact of husbandry on behavior and coping with stress of captivity
  • Facilitation of coping behaviors using enrichment
  • Assessment of rat housing and enrichment from the rat’s point of view

Rat TicklingWe will host the webinar, Rat Tickling: A Technique for Eliciting Positive Affect, on April 24, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

The speaker will discuss the benefits of using rat tickling:

  • Increased positive affect
  • Improved handling procedures
  • Social enrichment

She will also discuss the research that supports its use and explain how to effectively implement tickling in the laboratory.

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.