Monday Morning


W-01 CMAR Prep Course
(8-hour workshop, continued Tuesday 8:00 AM)
8:00 AM–12:00 PM /Room: 202B
Leader/Faculty: Camellia M Symonowicz, Diana P Baumann
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

We are heroes to millions of people and animals, and our work makes a profound difference in this world. As leaders, we have a responsibility to support and drive our employees and operations effectively, efficiently, and compassionately. CMAR certification provides us with a unique set of knowledge and tools. The Laboratory Animal Management Association (LAMA) has developed a workshop for the CMAR exams designed for your success. Please join us for our preparatory workshop for the Animal Resource (AR) exam. Topics covered include effective management styles and motivating the workforce, training and education for laboratory animal professionals, managing physical resources, policy development, managing budgets, veterinary care, and IACUC and managing compliance. This prep course alone will not prepare you for the AR exam, but provides a refresher and review of your existing studies.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Stowers Institute.

02A Isolators 101A
(offered twice, also Wednesday 8:00 AM)
8:00 AM–12:00 PM /Room: 201B
Leaders: David Holland, Maureen Bower
Faculty: Maureen Bower, David Holland, Erin Severs
Facilitator: Trinka W Adamson
Workshop Fee: $190 Workshop Limit: 20

This workshop is designed for those with little or no experience with flexible film isolators. The workshop will cover the different types of isolators, components of isolators, setting up an isolator and sterilizing an isolator. Workshop will include hands on work including wrapping filter stands, sterilizing cylinders, and setting up and sterilizing an isolator.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Class Biologically Clean, Ltd, National Gnotobiotic Rodent Resource Center University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, and University of Colorado—Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus.

W-03A Microsurgery Skills Training Using Surgical Loupes
(offered twice, also Monday 1:00 PM)
8:00 AM–12:00 PM /Room: 210A
Leader: Robert F Hoyt Jr
Faculty: Tanya H Burkholder, Tannia S Clark, Randal R Clevenger, Robert F Hoyt Jr, Kenneth R Jeffries, Karen Keeran, Shawn Kozlov, Audrey Noguchi, Gayle Z Nugent, Hong San, Joni L Taylor, Tom Thomas, Art D Zetts
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $250 Workshop Limit: 20

Performing surgical procedures with the aid of magnification has gained widespread use in human medicine over the past 30 years. Using surgical loupes, surgeons can now routinely perform procedures on very small structures that were considered impossible only a few decades ago. Within the past 15 years, the use of magnification has also quickly spread to other health care disciplines, including dental specialties (e.g., endodontics) and dermatology, to increase surgical precision, such that it is considered the standard of care. The use of microsurgery in biomedical research has only just begun to be realized. Because of their small body structures, rats and mice have generally not been considered as models for many types of surgical procedures routinely performed in biomedical research. Investigators elected to utilize larger species, dogs, pigs, or nonhuman primates, for such modeling because surgical support equipment is more readily available and the techniques are more familiar. The recent shift to using genetically engineered rodents, especially mice, has now resulted in increased researcher desires to use these animals in more sophisticated modeling procedures, especially surgery. Rather than being limited to only simple procedures (e.g. IM, IP, or IV injections), researchers using microsurgery can now perform complex surgical procedures on many rodent organ systems, such as the heart, lungs, and the gastrointestinal tract. This workshop will provide an introduction to the basic techniques, equipment, and general applications of microsurgery using surgical loupes. Hands-on training will be conducted in 2 phases: a) teaching students to develop technical skills with exercises using surgical loupes and b) applying these skills to perform simple surgical procedures using rodent surrogates. As such, we have greatly enhanced the teacher: student ratio for this workshop to increase its success.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Midwest Veterinary Supply, SurgiReal Products, Inc. and SurgiTel Systems, a Division of General Scientific Corporation.

W-04 Technician to Supervisor: Management 101, the Ups and Downs of Managing People
8:00 AM–12:00 PM /Room: 209A
Leader/Faculty: Stephen T Baker
Facilitator: Leah M Curtin
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

When you excel at a technical skill or provide superior husbandry/study support, individuals are often rewarded with a promotion that expands their role and responsibility to include managing others. Individuals whose primary focus/expertise is animals are asked to change gears and channel their soft skills. This workshop will provide a high level overview/introduction of key concepts to support a successful transition. Topics will include performance management, effective interviewing skills, hiring and firing, how to handle conflict, coaching versus delegating, and how to communicate effectively. This interactive workshop will take participants through various exercises, role plays, and what-if scenarios to provide take-aways which can be applied at their place of employment. The targeted audience includes new supervisors or first level managers. If you are new to the world of managing others or contemplating getting into management, you do not want to miss this workshop.

This Technical Trade Presentation is sponsored in part by Pfizer, Inc.


Animal Welfare: Harmonizing Oversight in the EU and US
8:00 AM–10:15 AM /Room: Ballroom B
Leader/Moderator: Miles Maxwell
Facilitator: TBN

The recent implementation of the European Union (EU) Directive 2010/63 has altered the approach to animal welfare oversight by member states. One of the more substantial changes has been the requirement for an internal animal welfare oversight body. This seminar focuses on the implementation of the directive in two EU member states and the approach of a multinational company to ensure consistent oversight of animal welfare in alignment with regulations, company policies, and AAALAC International standards. This seminar includes an overview of the EU Directive 2010/63, the regulation of animal welfare oversight in the United Kingdom and Sweden, and a comparison to the role of the IACUC. Additionally, the learnings from one multinational company’s global harmonization process will be presented. Participants will understand the animal welfare oversight body requirements of the EU Directive 2010/63 for laboratory animal research in comparison to the role of the IACUC and develop an appreciation of the transposition of European Union directives into member state national legislation. The target audience is oversight body (IACUC) members, animal welfare specialists, and staff interested in understanding international regulations.


8:00 Miles MaxwellWelcome and Introductions
8:10 Sally RobinsonIntroduction: EU Directive 2010/63 and Its Impact
8:25 Sally RobinsonDevelopment of an Animal Oversight Body in the UK
8:55 Robin KastenmayerTransposition of the EU Directivein Sweden and Development of a Djurskyddsorgan to Meet AAALACi Standards
9:25 Matthew GallacherPractical Learnings from a Global Review of Oversight Bodies and Impact on the IACUC Ways of Working
9:45 AllDiscussion

This Seminar is sponsored in part by AstraZeneca.

Advanced Nonhuman Primate Neonatal Care
8:00 AM–10:15 AM /Room: 217C
Leader/Moderator: Lauren Drew Martin
Facilitator: John J Hasenau

Neonatal nonhuman primates have been used as animal models in biomedical research for a wide range of studies addressing cognitive and behavioral development, infectious diseases, nutrition, respiratory distress in preterm neonates, toxicology, and the effects of various anesthetic agents. Additionally, at facilities with NHP breeding populations, infant care and management is often a crucial aspect of the success of the breeding program. Infant nonhuman primates, however, are not just small adults; they have an array of unique characteristics as many of their physiologic systems are still immature. These differences and the resources required to adequately support them need to be taken into consideration in order for rearing to be successful and for them to thrive throughout development into adulthood. Neonatal intensive care units can significantly improve the quality of both clinical and research support provided to nonhuman primate infants, as well as help expand the research initiatives a facility is able to pursue. This seminar will cover the resources needed to establish and maintain a successful NHP neonatal intensive care unit to support ongoing research protocols and clinical cases. Sedation, anesthesia, and critical care in neonatal macaques is frequently required both in the context of research protocols and in the clinical setting. While neonates are often considered challenging or high-risk patients, with the right knowledge of their physiologic differences, impact of various anesthetics, and appropriate equipment, the research and veterinary staff can be successful in improving both research and clinical outcomes. Seminar attendees will gain a better understanding of sedation and anesthetic protocols for neonatal macaques, as well as the intricacies of physiologic monitoring and anesthetic support in neonatal nonhuman primates. Neonatal nonhuman primates are a rewarding animal model to work with and continue to make unique contributions to human and animal health. The target audience for this seminar includes all animal care staff, including veterinary technicians, veterinarians, and researchers involved in studies utilizing nonhuman primate models or working at facilities where neonatal nonhuman primates are maintained.


8:00 Lauren Drew MartinWelcome and Introductions
8:05 Lauren Drew MartinIntroduction: Neonatal Nonhuman Primates in Biomedical Research
8:15 Peta GrigsbyDevelopment of a Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
9:15 Lauren Drew MartinAnesthesia and Critical Care in Neonatal Macaques

This Seminar is sponsored in part by Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV).

Evolution of the Animal Facility Cagewash
8:00 AM–10:15 AM /Room: Ballroom C
Leader/Moderator: Nancy D Hitt
Facilitator: Heidi L Graninger

The animal facility cagewash environment has evolved to where high-tech machines, sophisticated sanitation regimens, and molecular level contamination detection methods are the norm, yet many of us consider cagewash positions as entry level for those with little or no animal facility experience. We invest a great amount of time and effort in training these new employees to run our machines, and then, just as they become proficient, we promote them to other positions within the animal facility. Constant staff turnover hurts productivity and is detrimental to morale. To retain our staffs we need to acknowledge the special skillsets required for success in the cagewash setting and provide a clear career path for those who perform their jobs with pride and professionalism. In our session we will provide perspectives of the cage-cleaning process from both the cagewash manager and cagewash equipment manufacturer. The third speaker, a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Master Black Belt, will demonstrate the need for a structured approach to evaluating processes and how LSS Principles are easily employed in the process-driven cagewash environment. Highlighting the leadership skills and creativity necessary to optimize cagewash production, our final speaker will provide specific examples of process improvement methods used in the cagewash facility, including the development of improved evaluation and documentation skills that have aided cagewash staff and resulted in better production and less workplace stress. The target audience for this session includes cagewash managers and staff, facility managers, animal program directors, veterinarians, and vendors.


8:00 Nancy D HittWelcome and Introduction
8:15 Nathaniel E NiksaAligning Personnel, Process, and Technology Management Strategies in Pursuit of Sustain able Cage Wash Operations
8:45 Jon LedfordThe Evolution and Expectations of Cagewash Equipment
9:15 Chelsea BridgeIntroduction to Lean Six Sigma and Its Application to the Cagewash Process
9:45 Edgar F CzarraImplementation of Process Improvement in a Growing Animal Care Program

Unique Challenges Associated with Exotic Species Models
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Ballroom A
Leader/Moderator: Sylvia I Gografe
Facilitator: TBN

This seminar will appeal to a broad audience. To learn about research models utilizing nontraditional species is not only interesting and informative, but also exciting and fun. No matter what your role in your specific institution’s animal care and use program is, whether you are on the husbandry or veterinary team or an IACUC member or administrator, you will be surprised about the ideas and inspirations these models can provide. You might be even able to implement some of the presented work solutions in your job and learn that nothing is impossible. Interesting questions will be answered, such as how to develop a successful breeding strategy and deal with unique health concerns like musk gland abscesses and carcinoma involving the insectivore species of musk shrews or finding engaging environmental enrichment for Mastomys, a rodent native to sub-Saharan Africa. How does one care for one of the world’s smallest nonhuman primate? The gray mouse lemur is a nocturnal, arboreal prosimian from Madagascar and management of a breeding colony is very different to familiar mouse or macaque breeding colonies. And last but not least, we will illuminate how one choses the right preventative veterinary medical care as well as feeding strategy for different bat species to observe animal well-being and study integrity. The speakers will focus on husbandry/care, health, safety and regulatory challenges, the sometimes unconventional solutions, and of course the exciting research topics involving these species. As everyone can imagine, solving the aforementioned problems can be time consuming; however, nontraditional species catch our attention and reward us for our efforts.


8:00 Sylvia I GografeWelcome and Introduction
8:15 Lora H RigattiBreeding, Health, Unique Pathological Findings, and Much More in Sincus murinus
8:45 Jodi A ScholzHusbandry and Veterinary Care for Mastomys in the Laboratory
9:15 Megan A AlbertelliMicrocebus murinus: Caring for Pint-Sized Prosimians
9:45 Stanley D Dannemiller and Lisa N CooperHusbandry and Medicine of Eptesicus fuscus (Insect Eaters) and Carollia perspicilatta (Fruit Eaters) Bats

Platform Sessions

8:00 AM–10:45 AM
Platform Session abstracts will be available on in July and will be included in the National Meeting Final Program.

Special Topic Lectures

Charles C. Hunter Lecture: The Biology and Behavior of the Honey Bee
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom A
Speaker: Stan Schneider
Moderator: Denise M Ostmeyer
Facilitator: Lynn E Lambert

The honey bee is immensely important to the well-being of our planet and is suffering major declines in population. Colonies of highly social insects, such as the honey bee (Apis mellifera) are composed of castes that include sterile female workers (who conduct all the labor of the colony), a mated queen (who is the sole egg layer of the colony and the mother of all the sterile workers), and the drones (males whose only function is to mate with queens from other colonies). Because workers are sterile, they can gain reproductive benefits only indirectly through the success of queens and drones. Dr. Schneider and his students have been studying honey bee behavior and reproduction for almost two decades. This talk will summarize his research investigating the role of caste interactions in honey bee reproduction. These caste interactions provide a powerful system for exploring the communication networks that organize collective decision making in social species, and also provide insights into the different levels of selection that have shaped the evolution of social behavior. Dr. Schneider will start by exploring some of the queen-queen and worker-queen interactions that determine who becomes the laying queen of a colony. He will then discuss how workers interact with queens during swarming. Lastly, he will explore some recent research on worker-drone interactions and how these may contribute to colony reproductive success. Come learn about Dr. Schneider’s fascinating research on the reproductive success of such an incredibly important species.

This Special Topic Lecture is sponsored in part by Committee on Technical Awareness and Development (CTAD).

Vibration, Noise, and Ultrasonic Noise: Confounds for Animal Research
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom C
Speaker: Jeremy G Turner
Moderator: Denise A DiFrancesco
Facilitator: TBN

Noise and vibration can serve as stressors for lab animals, thereby confounding virtually every area of biomedical and behavioral research. Noise and vibration in animal facilities is generally not well controlled, managed, or even monitored. With the introduction of more mechanical and technological sources of such noise and vibration in the vivarium space (e.g., IVC caging cage changing stations, computers) the potential impacts of these confounds are greater today than ever. This talk will focus on the sources of such noise and vibration (IVC caging, animal transport, fluorescent lighting, computers, cage changing stations, lab equipment), why and how they should be measured and monitored, and what strategies and practical steps administrators and staff can take to minimize or control them as confounds in biomedical research. Special emphasis will be placed on how these confounds introduce variability in our animal models, serving to hamper our goals of animal model reduction and refinement.

What Does the Public Really Think about the Use of Animals in Research?
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom B
Speaker: Matthew R Bailey
Moderator: B Taylor Bennett
Facilitator: Michael Dingell

What does the public really think about animal research? It largely depends on what and how you ask them. While it is widely known that polling numbers have shown a decrease in support in recent years, new data using more focused polling questions tells a much different story. New information suggests that while roughly half of the public prefers to say they don’t support the use of animals in research, when faced with additional facts, their support increases dramatically. While the biomedical research community will continue to experience challenges as misinformation is propagated by those opposed to the use of animals in research, the latest polling data indicates that an informed public is a supportive public. In this presentation the most recent polling information available will be presented, a number of specific challenges will be discussed, and options for getting the rest of the story told will be explored. The intended audience is all who are interested in learning about how the public truly perceives the use of animals in research and wants to learn what can be done to increase public support.

This Special Topic Lecture is sponsored in part by Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR).

Whatever Happened to that Sick Mouse? Pathology for Technicians
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 217C
Speaker: Kimberly A Walacavage
Moderator: Christine A Boehm
Facilitator: TBN

What happens when a study animal is reported sick and sent for necropsy? The journey from in vivo observations to pathologic diagnosis involves gross necropsy, histologic preparation of tissues, and slide interpretation. Technicians will be guided through a brief description of gross necropsy, the process of creating stained slides from tissues, and a basic explanation of tissue architecture. Examples of common conditions observed in life, leading to gross necropsy and pathologic slide interpretation will be discussed. Technicians will also learn how tissue handling and various blood collection techniques affect the interpretation of results and the overall diagnosis of a sick animal.

Monday Afternoon

Panel Discussions

Cageswash Area Safety and Biohazardous Waste Disposal
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 213B
Leader/Moderator: Cheryl S Pater
Facilitator: TBN
Panelists: Don S Basil, Selin Hoboy, Cheryl S Pater

Every institution has a cage wash area of some kind. Some are large, some are small, and some include multiple locations. Cagewash workers should be given biosafety training and environmental health and safety training as well as how to use the equipment. Supervisors and lead technicians will also need to know how to apply the changes in federal, state, and local regulations to disposal and equipment use. More and more often AAALAC International is looking at confined spaces, emergency labeling, and proper signage as part of their inspections. Without guidelines to follow, every place ends up with different policies and procedures. We will present a process that any institution can use as to the minimum federal guidelines and where to find them. Since part of cagewash is to dispose of dirty bedding, and many times the cagewash staff is also in charge of waste satellite stations, we will also present the current federal and Department of Transportation regulations for disposal of biohazardous waste. The rules changed last year and not every location is aware of the process. Plus global harmonization of hazards has become mandatory throughout the world and needs to be addressed from a biohazard perspective. This panel will provide a list of resources that anyone can access, as well as information for the husbandry staff person. Target audience is both cagewash staff and supervisors that manage cagewash areas. We will also show how biosafety should be integrated into every part of animal husbandry work, including cagewash. Participants will learn the minimum safety requirements in a cagewash area and how to properly dispose of biohazardous waste including dirty bedding and PPE.

Exploring the Branch/National AALAS Relationship
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 207D
Leader: Janet L Steele
Moderator: Andrea Swanson
Facilitator: TBN
Panelists: Amber Carte, Morgan A Holmes, Melissa A Hostrander

This discussion will facilitate the sharing of ideas, experiences, and issues that are systemic throughout local AALAS branches. What can AALAS do to support the branches? What can the branches do to promote AALAS? What will strengthen the LAS community? How can branches get and keep engaged members? What will bond our grass roots organizations with our national presence? Thought provoking questions from AALAS President, Dr. Laura Conour’s discussion, Narrow the Gap, will be featured as we tackle these questions and more. Remember, misinformation can be overcome by providing better tools of discovery to our institutions’ managers and supervisors. Learn ways to become more involved in local and/or national AALAS. Target audience is all members of both national and local branches of AALAS.

Pathology Quiz Bowl
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 207A
Leader/Moderator: Cindy L Besch-Williford
Facilitator: TBN
Panelists: Cindy L Besch-Williford, Angela K Brice, Craig L Franklin

This panel discussion will consist of an informal review of the pathology of laboratory animals in the form of an image-based quiz. Topics will include lesions of well-described infectious and noninfectious diseases, pathological manifestations of emerging diseases, and selected phenotypic characteristics of important genetically engineered animal models. The images will be educational and challenging to laboratory animal specialists at all levels of pathology expertise. The targeted audience is comparative medicine trainees, laboratory animal veterinarians, pathologists, and scientists. Participants from comparative medicine training programs have the opportunity to receive a fabulous cash prize for the highest score. A participation cash prize is also provided. The comparative medicine trainee with the highest score will be recognized at the Committee for Laboratory Animal Training and Research (CLATR) luncheon on Tuesday. Participants will learn gross and histologic pathology of laboratory animals.

This Panel Discussion is sponsored in part by Committee on Laboratory Animal Training & Research (CLATR) and IDEXX BioResearch.

You Call the Shots! Best Practices in Canine Vaccination Protocols
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 213C
Leader/Moderator: Laura P Clark
Facilitators: Donna J Gaska, Melina Boston
Panelists: Rose T Gillesby, Colena A Johnson, Cassandra L Miller, Daniel D Myers Jr

Historically, laboratory animal veterinarians have looked to their federal, state, and local municipalities for guidance in creating immunization protocols as part of their overall animal care and use program. At minimum, and with limited exceptions, a rabies vaccine is administered because it is mandated by law. Clinicians may seek assistance from the American Animal Hospital Administration (AAHA) for guidance on developing core vaccination protocols or solicit counsel from peers on additional coverage, for example DHLPP or Bordetella. Last year, CIRD (Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease) wreaked havoc on the companion animal community. During the height of the epidemic, some practitioners instituted barriers to support patients and reduce risk to noninfected animals. What would be the impact to your colonies if a highly contagious respiratory pathogen entered your facility? Are your animals adequately protected? In this interactive platform session, representatives from industry, academia, and the USDA will reflect on canine vaccination protocols and share best practices in driving robust programs that provide coverage, are easy to administer, and meet the regulatory requirements without impacting scientific goals.


W-05 Achieving Competency in Global Laboratory Animal Science
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 202B
Leaders/Faculty: LaTesa Hughes, Jason S Villano, Tiffany L Whitcomb
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

Globalization has led to increased interface among researchers and animal care and use personnel of diverse cultural backgrounds. While diversity is critical for an institution’s ability to innovate and adapt in a fast-changing environment, it presents a unique challenge to achieve standards in animal research and care. Foremost of these challenges is the language and communication barrier that can lead to misunderstandings, ineffectiveness of training and education, and noncompliance issues. Other examples include religious beliefs and cultural and societal mores that can challenge a personnel’s ability to perform necessary job duties. This workshop aims to help participants gain a different perspective and achieve competency in global laboratory animal science by actively engaging them in various activities. One activity involves a language learning exercise to promote cultural empathy and understanding. Another will showcase video vignettes that depict select multiculturalism challenges for discussion using a modified team-based learning approach. The workshop is appropriate for all attendees, including veterinarians, IACUC members, compliance and training officers, animal care staff, and human resource personnel.

W-06 Facility Integrity Training–Protecting Your Castle
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 209A
Leader: Mandy Horn
Faculty: Silvana Brglevska, Tony Engle, Mandy Horn
Facilitator: Laura Knarr
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

Maintaining the highest level of integrity for an animal vivarium is of paramount importance in achieving the highest standards of animal welfare and optimal research results. It is better to be proactive rather than reactive, and all the employees must be cognizant of their role in protecting their vivarium from biosecurity threats. This workshop will be divided into three modules. The first module will review biosecurity and its impact by focusing on accountability and responsibility and also identifying routes or methods of contaminations and their consequences. The second module will focus on protecting your facility by identifying weak areas and developing plans on how to respond to various risks. An interactive game has been developed to further review these components. The third module provides further information on change management that allows leaders to focus on change management principles to develop measurable action plans addressing facility integrity at their own institutions. Participants will learn techniques and methods not only to protect their facilities from threats to biosecurity, but also to better train their employees to best protect their facilities in order to prevent risk of contamination. The target audience is facility directors, managers, supervisors, veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

W-07A Isolators 101B
(offered twice, also Wednesday 1:00 PM)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 201B
Leaders: David Holland, Maureen Bower
Faculty: Maureen Bower, David Holland, Erin Severs
Facilitator: Trinka W Adamson
Workshop Fee: $190 Workshop Limit: 20

This workshop is a continuation of Workshop 101-A and is designed for those with little or no experience with flexible film isolators. The workshop will cover working with flexible film isolators and include: sterility testing, getting animals into and out of an isolator, day to day operations, and the costs of setting up and running a flexible film isolator. This workshop will include some hands-on work with flexible film isolators, germ-free shipper sleeves, and Trans Disks.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Class Biologically Clean, Ltd, National Gnotobiotic Rodent Resource Center University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, and University of Colorado—Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus.

W-03B Microsurgery Skills Training Using Surgical Loupes
(offered twice, also Monday 8:00 AM)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 210A
Leader: Robert F Hoyt Jr
Faculty: Tanya H Burkholder, Tannia S Clark, Randal R Clevenger, Robert F Hoyt Jr, Kenneth R Jeffries, Karen Keeran, Shawn Kozlov, Audrey Noguchi, Gayle Z Nugent, Hong San, Joni L Taylor, Tom Thomas, Art D Zetts
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $250 Workshop Limit: 20

See Monday 8:00 AM for description.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Midwest Veterinary Supply, SurgiReal Products, Inc. and SurgiTel Systems, a Division of General Scientific Corporation.

Platform Sessions

2:15 PM–5:00 PM
Platform Session abstracts will be available on in July and will be included in the National Meeting Final Program.


Abnormal Behaviors in Laboratory Rodents: What Are They and What Can We Do About Them?
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom B
Leader/Moderator: Brianna N Gaskill
Facilitator: TBN

Strange rodent behaviors, such as hair plucking, spinning, and food throwing are a common site in laboratory vivariums. However, the distinction between a problem behavior and an abnormal one is critical to understanding the impact of the behavior on the animal’s well-being, potential scientific effects, and correct approach to management. Problem behaviors are undesirable to the end user but do not necessarily reflect negative welfare. In contrast, abnormal behaviors are defined from the animal’s point of view as being quantitatively or qualitatively unusual. Furthermore, correctly identifying the type of abnormal behavior (maladaptive or malfunctional) and the underlying motivations or pathology that distinguish it, is also important to determine which management or prevention strategies may be effective. This session will introduce, describe, and summarize the current literature on the most common abnormal behaviors in laboratory rodents. This information will be useful to both technicians and veterinarians to correctly identify true abnormal behaviors and strategies to reduce or eliminate the behavior.


2:45 Brianna N GaskillWelcome and Introduction
2:50 Brianna N GaskillIntroduction to Abnormal Behaviors
3:15 Joseph P GarnerUlcerative Dermatitis and Barbering Behavior
3:55 Georgia MasonStereotypical Behaviors
4:35 Brianna N GaskillOther Abnormal Behaviors

Acupuncture Techniques and Its Application in Laboratory Animal Medicine

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom A
Leader: Harvey E Ramirez
Moderator: Patty H Chen
Facilitator: TBN

Advances in both human and veterinary medicine have raised the standard of care and improved welfare, and we as veterinarians must adapt to these rapidly evolving paradigms. Moreover, the increased interest in complementary and alternative therapies, and the research supporting their efficacy, has dramatically broadened the scope of what should be considered high standard veterinary care. Integration of these alternative and complementary medicine techniques along with conventional care has been termed “integrative medicine” and is increasingly being incorporated into veterinary school curricula. Acupuncture is one of the most well-known complementary modalities used in veterinary medicine and its popularity continues to increase. The presenters will provide an overview of the most common acupuncture techniques, including dry needle, LASER, aqua-puncture, and electro-acupuncture. Clinical examples where these modalities have shown promise in minimizing pain and distress and optimized treatment outcomes in research animals will be highlighted. Cases will include the use of dry needle and LASER acupuncture in chimpanzees for the treatment of osteoarthritis, cardiac arrhythmia, and to enhance wound healing; the use aqua-puncture and its effects in owl monkey wasting syndrome and; the use of electro-acupuncture as a potential technique to mitigate intestinal damage in mice receiving total body irradiation. The presenters will emphasize the importance of maintaining a progressive mindset regarding the benefits of implementing alternative and complementary treatment modalities for the care of laboratory animals. This seminar will be given by ACLAM-boarded veterinarians that have pursued formal training in acupuncture and currently incorporate it in laboratory animal medicine. The target audience includes veterinarians, veterinary and husbandry technicians, and research staff with an interest in learning the significance of applying this technique in laboratory animal medicine.


2:45 Harvey E RamirezWelcome and Introduction
2:50 Stephanie J BuchlGeneral Recommendation for the Use of Acupuncture in Research Animals
3:15 Elizabeth MagdenAcupuncture, Laser, and Chimps: Improving Nonhuman Primate Welfare by Adding Integrative Techniques to the Health Care Plan
3:40 Alan G BradyAcupuncture and Vitamin B12 for the Treatment of Wasting Disease and Other Therapeutics in Neotropical Primates
4:05 Harvey E RamirezPhysiological Basis of Electro-Acupuncture and Its Effects on the Intestinal Mucosa after Total Body Irradiation in Mice

Keeping Your Head Above Water—Adding Aquatics to Your Program
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom C
Leader: Bruce W Kennedy
Moderator: Susan C Farmer
Facilitator: TBN

Zebrafish (Brachydanio rerio or Danio rerio), swam onto the scene as an emerging laboratory animal research model more than a decade ago. Today, the species is well-recognized in biomedical research, providing some rather distinctive advantages compared to traditional species. While zebrafish have long been a favorite of aquarium hobbyists, their husbandry must be optimized for the animal facility, especially those designed for work with terrestrial species. In some ways, zebrafish care is more intensive than that of other research species. For example, Danios must be fed multiple times a day, their offspring occur in far greater numbers, and evaluation and control of water quality is critical. Fish tanks with water are heavier than mouse cages, posing structural, safety, and ergonomic issues. Another important consideration is that a standardized diet for zebrafish does not yet exist, and this has resulted in the use of a variety of feeds, both processed and live. Nevertheless, technologies for zebrafish care have evolved and developed quickly, offering many innovations and even automation. Experienced zebrafish colony managers will share applications of novel ideas in husbandry, including the use of specialized equipment and products that facilitate research while allowing standardization and efficiency in the industry. This seminar will be especially useful to those contemplating the transition from fur to fin at their institution.


2:45 Bruce W KennedyWelcome and Introductions
2:50 Bruce W KennedyFur to Fin, My Aquatic and Mouse Years
3:15 Susan C FarmerThe Rising Tide of Zebrafish Models in Biomedical Research
3:40 James D CoxFrom Rodents to Zebrafish: Building a Full Service Aquatics Program within an Established Rodent Facility
4:05 Jeff ZyndaThe Architect’s Contribution to Aquatics Renovations
4:30 Carrie BartonZebrafish Feeding and Nutrition: Explaining Current Methods and Exploring Future Directions
4:55 AllQuestions and Answers

The 3Rs of Animal Care Operations

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 217C
Leader: Valerie K Bergdall
Moderator: Judy M Hickman-Davis
Facilitator: TBN

Animal care operations are a time and cost-intensive enterprise. Many institutions must recoup the cost of the animal care program, and therefore the animal users as well as central administration exert pressure to control costs. At the same time, there is an attitude of zero tolerance for problems. With this in mind, we will provide ideas and specific examples on how continuous process improvement can help refine and reduce costs of animal care, along with examples of economical replacement options for use in the animal care program without compromising quality. Participants will learn how continuous process improvement can be applied to animal care operations, specific examples of how the 3Rs have benefited animal care operations based on presenters first-hand experiences that could be implemented at the participants facility, how to use continuous process improvement to empower your front line employees to help identify critical steps versus redundant/inefficient steps and improve processes, suggestions on how to overcome change challenges within your institution, and implementing and utilizing performance metrics to adjust sanitation intervals without compromising the animal care program. The target audience includes animal care operations personnel, especially those having a supervisory/administrative role.


2:45 Valerie K BergdallWelcome and Introductions
3:00 Valerie K BergdallOverview of the 3Rs of the Animal Care Operations Program
3:25 Steven M NiemiWhy Do We Need to Do It this Way? The Boss Must Be Crazy if They Think that Will Work!
3:50 Lesley A ColbyYou Want Me to Work How Much?
4:15 Jon D Reuter How Often Do We Really Need to Be Cleaning Stuff?
4:40 AllDiscussion