ILAM General Information

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.

ILAM is held at a facility in Memphis that is specifically designed for educational programs, meetings, and conferences. The program will be held the May 23-May 27, 2021.

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.

Registration is CLOSED

Level 1 is SOLD OUT for ILAM 2020 (due to COVID-19, ILAM 2020 will be held May 23-27, 2021)

Click here for Level 2 ILAM Registration Form

2021 ILAM Committee

Chair: Gordon Yee

Vice-Chair: Kevin Phelps, Jr., BS, RLATG


  • Andrea Loewen, CMAR, RLATG
  • Christopher Southern, CMAR, RLATG
  • Sarah Gilliam, CMAR, RLATG
  • Robert Blackford, CMAR, RLATG
  • Emily Slocum, RLATG

BOT Liaison: Mark Sharpless, MBA, CMAR, RLATG

Staff Liaisons:

  • Betty Cartwright, CAE, CMP
  • Madeline Kirmeyer

ILAM Brochure

ILAM Graduate Roster