AALAS branches function independently from the national organization. Branches are authorized to use the name American Association for Laboratory Animal Science in the branch name and logo. Branches are not legal entities of AALAS, and AALAS bears no legal responsibility for nor accepts any liability for the actions of branches.
Branches do not share the association's tax-exempt status nor any other legal status of the association. Branches pay no annual fees or dues to AALAS, and AALAS does not provide any financial assistance to branches.
Branch names are published in the AALAS Leadership & Committee Resource Directory. An AALAS staff liaison is assigned at the national office to act as an information and support resource person.
The Branch Manual is in the AALAS Policies and Procedures document (Section 7) located on the Leadership Resources page (member log in required).
Forming a Branch
A group of individuals from a specific geographic area not currently represented by an AALAS branch can be recognized as a branch of AALAS if they meet the following conditions:
- Have a minimum of 10 branch members who are current AALAS national members in good standing
- Have a proposed branch constitution and bylaws
- Elect a proposed slate of officers to conduct the business of the branch
Successfully petition the AALAS Board of Trustees (BOT) for recognition as a branch of AALAS
If you meet the above criteria and would like to form a new AALAS branch, contact your district trustees and the AALAS office. An AALAS staff member will provide you with the information necessary to proceed in your petition.
Joining a Branch
If you are not currently a member of an AALAS branch, but would like to join, check the branch list to see which branch(es) you're interested in, then contact the branch president or e-mail us your name, mailing address, preferred e-mail address, phone number, and the branch(es) you're interested in. We'll see that someone from the appropriate branch gets in touch with you.
In order to participate in the AALAS Branch Challenge, a copy of your branch’s current officer roster must be submitted on or before February 1 and a copy of your branch’s current membership roster must be submitted to the AALAS office on or before May 1. Each branch that participates must mark on their roster how many national AALAS members they have within its branch. The branch must also be in good standing with the national association and meet all requirements of member branch status as established by the AALAS bylaws.
To qualify for the AALAS Branch Challenge, you must first indicate that your branch will participate by checking the appropriate box on the Branch Officers’ Roster form. (Note: Your branch will not be automatically added to the Challenge.) The branch must maintain or exceed the percentage of AALAS national members over the previous year. The winner will be the AALAS branch with the largest percentage growth. In the event of a tie, the branch with the most number of total AALAS national members will be the winner. The winning branch will receive a banner to use at branch meetings and functions. That branch will also be recognized at the General Membership Meeting during the AALAS National Meeting and have their branch’s name engraved on a perpetual plaque, displayed prominently during the National Meeting and retained at the AALAS office.