Tuesday Morning


W-10 Accusations of Animal Cruelty by Lab Infiltrators: Why Do Some Make Headlines while Others Avoid Media Attention?

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 5A
Leader/Faculty: Wendy Jarrett, Kirk Leech
Facilitator: Paula A Clifford
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

Animal rights activists have long used the tactics of undercover filming and exaggerated claims to accuse animal researchers of malpractice. Pre-screening and other security measures can help to stop an infiltrator gaining access to the lab, but these measures do not always work. We will explore the strategies that you and your colleagues can employ to make sure that an infiltration scenario does not cause your institution lasting reputational damage. By studying past examples of infiltrations in the UK and Europe, the steps taken by the organizations involved, the media coverage that followed them, and the results of official investigations into the infiltrators’ claims, we will work with workshop participants to understand what makes a successful media and communications response. Participants will also learn how to prepare robust mechanisms in advance of potential crisis situations, how openness and proactive communications can help to lessen the chances of negative publicity, and how each person working in an animal facility can help to prevent problem scenarios developing in the first place. This workshop will be of interest to animal care staff, facility managers, researchers and those with a security or communications role.

W-01 CMAR Prep Course continued
(8-hour workshop continued from Monday 8:00 AM)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 8C
Leader: Diana P Baumann
Faculty: Diana P Baumann, Camellia M Symonowicz
Facilitator: Sarah J Gilliam

See Monday 8:00 AM for description.

W-11 Gnotobiotics Program Startup and Development
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 8B
Leader: Julia R Krout
Faculty: Stephanie W Fowler, Christina M Olivares, Alton G Swennes, Betty R Theriault
Facilitator: Stephanie M Cormier
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

This workshop is designed to provide guidance to those in the early stages of developing a gnotobiotics program. Participants will gain perspective from workshop faculty that have developed large academically oriented programs. The workshop will address each phase of program startup including needs assessment, facility space and retrofit, equipment choices, funding, and cost recovery. Initial setup considerations such as diet and autoclave validation, microbiological monitoring, acquisition of animals, and staff development will also be discussed. This workshop targets those that are currently or might become involved in setting up a gnotobiotics program, including managers, veterinarians, research scientists, and program administrators. Presenters will guide the workshop attendees through facility design, management, staff selection and training, and operational considerations in real-life scenarios. The workshop will also include fee structure development.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Allentown, Charles River, Class Biologically Clean, Taconic and Tecniplast.

W-12 IACUC Protocol Review Challenges
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 7
Leader: Marcy A Brown
Faculty: Deb A Frolicher, Eileen Morgan, William S Stokes, AAALAC, Intl Representative
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

This popular workshop will be presented using a mixture of case studies, group discussion, and interactive exercises. Workshop participants may submit scenarios involving protocol review challenges or IACUC issues that have either occurred at their institution or that they wish to discuss. Panelists will consist of representatives from OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC International. Participants will work in small groups to discuss certain challenges and then share their recommendations with the whole group. Panelists will interact with each group on an individual basis to assist them in developing methods to deal with difficult situations involving the IACUC. Situations likely to be discussed may include pain/distress categories, humane endpoints, rationale for species and numbers of animals, noncompliance, difficult investigators, high-risk animal models, how to implement and use veterinary verification and consultation (VVC), and training issues.


A Case for Reinvention of Vivarium Operations: How are High-Performing Organizations Defined, What Are They Doing, and How Did They Start?

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: 18B
Leader/Moderator: David W Brammer
Facilitator: Sai Tumalla

The lean jargon of efficiency, productivity, value added, and technology tools have, despite their seeming ubiquity, become trendy and established in our lab animal community. As lean continues its advance, the implications for revenues, profits, and opportunities will be dramatic. But the main question still asked is “Which comes first, implementation of lean tools or the change of culture to continuous improvement?” We will cast light on this seemly circular reasoning and learn from multiple institutions on just how they started. Programs tend to focus on efficiency approaches which often require institutions to change their operational (how they perform their work) direction significantly. The benefits of strengthening your organizational culture underpin these bolder actions. An engaging and problem-embracing organizational culture is important for several reasons: it enhances the ability to perceive threats/opportunities, and bolsters the scope of actions that a program/department can take in response to operational changes. In contrast to cultural change, implementing a limited set of lean tools may lead to using the same tools for every problem or ignoring problems until the proper tools are found. This leads to the “if you only have a hammer, all problems look like nails syndrome." Using the collective experience of several institutions, we will demonstrate common points where programs can start, tricks on how to maintain the momentum to achieve efficient, objective metrics that demonstrate evidence of high performance, and leadership tips that can be used at all levels to sustain your operational gains long term. Using the collective experience of several institutions, we will demonstrate the starting point and the momentum to achieve a level of efficiency driven operations. The starting point will allow everyone to understand the goals and results that can be achieved; products and services, vendor relations, value-added processes, supply chains, team empowerment and leadership. The targeted audience is husbandry managers, supervisors and facility leadership.


8:00 David W Brammer Welcome and Introduction
8:05 Gerard M Cronin Make it Funky: How Play-Based Learning Can Move the Culture Needle
8:30 Donna M Jarrell Sustained Lean Culture: Why Lean Tools Can Be Dangerous
8:55 Eric P Georgelos The Lean Lexicon: Myths and Misconceptions
9:20 Ronald Wilson Lean Management: From Trending to an Adoption of a Culture
9:45 Jarrod Nichol Establishing and Maintaining a Culture of Change

This Seminar is sponsored in part by University of Houston and Vivarium Operational Excellence Network.

Dare to Care (D2C): Developing a Sustainable Compassion Fatigue Program that Meets Your Institutional Needs
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: 9B
Leaders/Moderators: Sally Thompson-Iritani, James "Preston" Van Hooser
Facilitator: Kathleen J Andrich

This presentation will introduce the topic of compassion fatigue as it applies to both people who work directly with animals (animal technicians, veterinarians and veterinary technicians, researchers) and members of the IACUC and administrative support staff. We will reflect and have interactive discussions in relation to both the causes and impacts of compassion fatigue. Participants will be provided with tools and strategies to identify, ameliorate, reduce, and avoid compassion fatigue, as well as examples on how to develop and implement a sustainable program that will meet the needs of their institution. The learning objectives are to introduce the topic of compassion fatigue, provide individual strategies on how to manage human emotions for laboratory animal professionals, and to develop and implement a sustainable compassion fatigue program. The use of animals in the biomedical research profession is a complex and highly regulated field. Due to high levels of compassion fatigue in this field, the authors will share their own experience on how the Office of Animal Welfare at the University of Washington developed and implemented a sustainable compassion fatigue program that worked well for their institution.


8:00 Sally Thompson-Iritani Welcome and Introduction
8:15 Sally Thompson-Iritani Breakout Session Censogram Exercise and Concept Mapping
8:45 Sara E Kerner Introduction to Compassion Fatigue, Self Reflection, and Strategies for Coping Mechanisms
9:05 James "Preston" Van Hooser Developing and Implementing a Compassion Fatigue Program
9:35 Cynthia A Pekow Compassion Fatigue and Euthanasia

Innovative Frontiers in Automated Rodent Home Cage Behavioral Monitoring and Animal Welfare

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Ballroom F
Leader/Moderator: John J Hasenau
Facilitator: TBN

Continuous automated home cage monitoring allows data collection without causing disruption(s) to the animals. The monitoring and analysis of movement and behaviors allows comparisons to traditional behavioral testing systems with a potential replacement end goal. Automated home cage monitoring is constantly undergoing innovation and improvement to help achieve the 3Rs (especially refinement). The history and types of automated home cage monitoring systems that are in use, or being developed, and how they have been used in behavioral analysis will be reviewed. We will also evaluate the needs, the realized benefits, and the practical outcomes of continuous home cage monitoring for behavioral outcomes in the research community. The audience should appreciate an awareness of the degrees of improvement in animal welfare with use of these systems. Comparisons will be made between the quality of the automated scientific data generated when compared to traditional methods. The two primary methods of home cage monitoring are video capture and/or electromagnetic filed (EMF) perturbations. This seminar focuses on the EMF perturbations as the newest emerging technology, but comparisons with use of video imaging will be demonstrated. The types of behavioral testing presented will include anxiety-related behavior testing, cogitation and welfare outcomes, analysis of male mouse aggression in association with environmental enrichment options, monitoring of preference behaviors with different caging opportunities, and adverse clinical predictability based on movement patterns when using a neurodegenerative mouse model. Speakers will address how can these systems may affect the directions and the future of the behavorial research studies, as well as addressing the audience questions. This seminar is for technicians, managers, veterinarians, and administrators who wish to understand home cage monitoring and the tangible benefits of automated home cage monitoring for the animals, the science, and the care staff.


8:00 John J HasenauWelcome and Introductions
8:10 John J HasenauOverview of Current Home Cage Continuous Automated Monitoring Systems and Behavioral Assays
8:35 Jim WallaceEMF Home Cage Monitoring and Anxiety-Related Behavior Testing, Cognition and Welfare Outcomes in Two Strains of Laboratory Mice
9:00 Jareca GilesEfficacy of a Non-Mobile Elevated Form of Environmental Enrichment on Home-Cage Male Mouse Aggression Using Two Inbred strains and a Continuous Automated Home-Cage Monitoring System
9:30 Brun Ulfhake EMF Home Cage Monitoring of Behaviors in Selected Strains of Mice
10:00 All Discussion

Sex, Blood, and Babies: Animal Models of Zika Virus Research

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Ballroom D
Leader: John A Vanchiere
Moderator: David E Bentzel
Facilitator: Wendy R Williams

Zika virus is a re-emerging infectious disease that has recently gained notoriety as it spread from South to North America leaving in its wake babies with microcephaly. The mosquito-borne disease has also been shown to be transmitted through sexual contact, complicating control. In response to this international health emergency, scientists are working to develop effective animal models of Zika infection to evaluate potential prevention and treatment strategies. This seminar will review the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and molecular virology of the Zika virus epidemic and will present several animal models currently being used by researchers. The target audience is all meeting attendees. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will understand the public health significance of Zika virus as an emerging pathogen, recognize the deficits in our understanding of Zika virus pathogenesis, and appreciate the necessity for development of animal models of Zika virus infection and disease for understanding pathogenesis and testing of prevention and treatment strategies.


8:00 David E Bentzel Welcome and Introduction
8:10 John A Vanchiere Epidemiology and Clinical Manifestations of Zika Virus Infection in Humans and Use of a New World Primate Model
8:30 Sasha R Azar The A129 Mouse Model of Zika Virus Infection: Initial Characterization and Subsequent Applications
8:50 John M Thomas Evaluation of the Laboratory Opossum as a Model for Zika Virus
9:10 Daniel N Streblow Rhesus Macaque Model of Zika Virus Infection and Disease
9:30 James F Papin The Olive Baboon: A Translational Model for the Study of Zika Virus Biology and Pathogenesis

This Seminar is sponsored in part by American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP).

Special Topic Lectures

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in Healthcare

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 18B
Speaker: J Ross Mitchell
Moderator: Naomi M Gades
Facilitator: TBN

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is over 60 years old. Recent advances in computational power and biologically inspired artificial neural networks have enabled dramatic breakthroughs. Machines are now able to quickly learn solutions to complex problems previously reserved for human experts. The resulting applications are beginning to transform our lives and societies. AI will also revolutionize healthcare. This presentation will provide a high-level introduction to machine learning. It will describe the recent breakthroughs and some of the applications transforming our everyday lives. Then it will provide an intuitive glimpse into the inner workings of artificial neural networks to reveal the strengths and limitations of this technology. Next, it will focus on new and emerging applications in healthcare, with an emphasis on medical imaging. It will present several medical imaging machine-learning projects underway at Mayo Clinic. Finally, it will look ahead to predict future developments and potential impacts.

Charles River Ethics and Animal Welfare Lecture: Risks of Bias in Animal Research and What to Do About Them
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom D
Speaker: Malcolm Macleod
Moderator: Guy B Mulder
Facilitator: TBN

The potential rewards from a successful in vivo research project – to the scientist, the institution, or the company – are huge. For most involved in such activity, success is determined by surrogate measures such as publications, grants received, or progression of the research idea to clinical trial. Few have their success measured against the public health impact of any resulting treatment. In seeking to understand the reasons for observed translational failures, we have established that many reports of in vivo research do not describe measures which, if taken, would substantially reduce risks of bias; and, that studies which do report such measures give significantly smaller estimates of treatment effects. This holds for research regardless of disease area, academic setting, or journal of publication. Further, the approach to study design and analysis is often less than optimal, with no prior specification of primary outcome or statistical analysis plan and misinterpretation of the meaning of p values. While there is some evidence for improvement in recent years, I will argue that there is a pressing need – on the grounds of both ethics and efficiency – to adopt a more systematic approach to research improvement. Attendees will learn the pivotal importance of experimental design and conduct in maximizing the benefit/harm balance for research using animals and will be introduced to strategies to improve research value which they may deploy in their own working environment.

This Special Topic Lecture is sponsored in part by Charles River.

Wallace P Rowe Lecture
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom F
Speaker: TBN
Moderator: Lon V Kendall
Facilitator: TBN

Speaker and description will be available after the Award Selection Committee selects the Bhatt Award Recipient in July 2017.

This Special Topic Lecture is sponsored in part by Committee for Laboratory Animal Training and Research (CLATR).

Tuesday Afternoon

Panel Discussions

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Euthanasia Revisited: Evaluating the Stress Response in Mice and Rats

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 12B
Leader/Moderator: Natalie Bratcher
Facilitator: Dana E Weir
Panelist: Michelle Creamer-Hente, Gregory Boivin, Debra Hickman

Euthanasia remains one of the most important aspects of laboratory animal care. One of the most common methods of euthanasia involves carbon dioxide gas. Euthanasia with carbon dioxide gas is acceptable with conditions according to the 2013 AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. However, evidence of aversion and pain to carbon dioxide necessitates further refinement of the practice. The purpose of this panel is to review current information surrounding carbon dioxide euthanasia in laboratory rodents, as well as present new data assessing different carbon dioxide displacement rates and its effects on the stress response in mice and rats. In addition, data investigating alternative methods of euthanasia (e.g. isoflurane, ethanol) and how it compares to carbon dioxide will be presented. The target audience is anyone interested in learning about and discussing euthanasia, animal welfare refinement, those using euthanasia methods in rodents, scientists, technicians, veterinarians, IACUC members, and facility managers.

Defining Lifetime Use and Cumulative Endpoints for Research and Teaching Animals
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 19A
Leader: Shawn Petrik
Moderator: Patricia V Turner
Facilitator: TBN
Panelist: Elizabeth A Nunamaker, Shawn Petrik, Patricia V Turner

Humane endpoints for animal studies are refinements and are considered to be the earliest time at which an experimental animal’s pain or distress can be avoided or ended by taking actions such as providing euthanasia, relieving pain, or terminating the study. Not all scientific endpoints may require euthanasia of an animal. Thus, many animal ethics committees have adopted an alternative term to describe animal disposition when the scientific endpoint is reached, the experimental endpoint. An experimental endpoint in this context may include animal euthanasia or provision of analgesia, but could also include repurposing, study removal, or test article "holiday," designated rest periods between studies, retirement, or adoption. Along similar lines, cumulative endpoints might be considered for animals used in more than one protocol for an extended period of time (i.e., lifetime use) or in individual protocols that involve multiple procedures conducted over an extended period of time. In this panel discussion we will explore whether and how lifetime use and cumulative endpoints are being tracked and evaluated at different institutions and for which animal species by IACUCs. Participants will be provided the results of a 2017 CompMed survey on this topic, which generated >150 responses from a range of individuals working in research settings. Attendees will discuss the need for developing generic guidelines that could be tailored to different studies, as a continuing refinement effort. Target audience includes IACUC coordinators, veterinarians, supervisors, animal care personnel, IACUC members, and anyone with an interest in lifetime use and disposition of research and teaching animals.

Strategies for Mitigating the Effects of Privilege in Laboratory Animal Science
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 17B
Leader/Moderator: Michael K Fink
Facilitator: Angela P King-Herbert
Panelist: Craig L Franklin, William A Hill, Mildred M Randolph

As acts of intolerance escalate in scope and scale across the country, the advantages that privilege affords its beneficiaries are becoming increasingly clear. The diverse and varied backgrounds of laboratory animal science professionals are in direct conflict with the consequences of privilege afforded to cross sections of our field and may impart inequalities in advancement, authority, and standing between individuals. Privilege is a pervasive social structure that confers advantages and unearned benefits to individuals within specific social groups. Privilege is multifaceted, with individual forms of privilege (sex, age, race, sexual orientation, etc.) encompassing perceived or actual differences between individuals. Many individuals experience multiple forms of privilege simultaneously which act in concert to intensify those inherent advantages and benefits. Laboratory animal science is not immune to the far-reaching effects of privilege that accompanies each of us and our colleagues across the threshold and into the workplace on a daily basis. We recognize that privilege exists in laboratory animal science. The next step is to develop and put into practice strategies and solutions that begin to dismantle this systematic form of oppression in our field. In this panel discussion, we will discuss with attendees in a safe and open forum institutional resources that can be leveraged to better mitigate privilege in the workplace. Panelists will also detail the results of a questionnaire disseminated to the laboratory animal science community which focused on acknowledging and responding to privilege. This panel discussion is appropriate for all meeting attendees and will encourage constructive conversation and audience participation. Attendees will discover that many of their peers are disadvantaged in ways not previously realized, that privilege should be taken into account when addressing efforts for positive change in the workplace, that institutional mechanisms and resources may be available to assist in confronting privilege in the workplace, and that open dialogue is necessary to identify and implement potential solutions to the effects of privilege in laboratory animal science.

Veterinary Technician Tricks of the Trade
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 16A
Leader/Moderator: Summer M Boyd
Facilitator: Chrystal L Montgomery
Panelist: Verda A Davis, Meri DuRand, Ricardo Fernandes, Stephanie Rideout

A panel of credentialed veterinary technicians will conduct an interactive session to share tips and tricks they have acquired while working in a variety of lab animal facilities. The panel will describe specific techniques that are not usually shared in literature, including their own “trade secrets” for procedures such as a pioneering technique of nonhuman primate anesthesia specifically while working with sensitive brain mapping equipment, tail vein catheterization of rats for imaging and lesion formation, and anesthesia and blind intubation of rabbits. Additionally, nonhuman primate behavior and its implications for improved animal welfare will be covered. This session is ideal for veterinary technicians and advanced lab animal technicians. Attendees will be encouraged to share their own tips and tricks with the group during the last portion of the session.

This Panel Discussion is sponsored in part by Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians (SLAVT).


Adapting to Change in the Animal Research Oversight Environment

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 18B
Leader/Moderator: B Taylor Bennett
Facilitator: William S Stokes

In the 8th edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the authors offer a succinct description of the oversight of the care and use of animal models in biomedical research in the United States: “The use of laboratory animals is governed by an interrelated, dynamic system of regulations, policies, guidelines, and procedures." By definition a dynamic system is one that is always active or changing. There are many things that drive those changes and how an institution adapts to those changes in managing its animal care and use program (ACUP) can have a direct impact on its ability to assure its compliance and create an environment that facilitates the research program. This seminar will provide the attendees with an opportunity to hear from representatives of the USDA, OLAW, AAALAC, and NABR as it relates to recent changes, as well as other ongoing issues within their organization and to discuss with those representatives how their organization’s activities impact the environment in which we work and what changes to expect in the future. Questions for the speakers can be submitted to btbdvm@yahoo.com. The target audience is those who need to keep current with the regulations and requirements for conducting animal-based biomedical research.


2:45 B Taylor Bennett Welcome and Introductions
2:55 Robert Gibbens USDA Update
3:15 Patricia Brown OLAW Update
3:35 Kathryn Bayne AAALAC Update
3:55 Michael Dingell NABR Update
4:15 All Questions and Answers

This Seminar is sponsored in part by National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), USDA, APHIS Animal Care, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and AAALAC International.

Challenges of Having an OLAW Compliant Program on the International Space Station
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom D
Leaders/Moderators: Terry Blasdel, Stephanie L Bassett
Facilitator: Jody Swain

The audience will be informed of the special challenges that NASA faces while trying to conduct animal research on the International Space Station. This topic will highlight the difficulties that are faced by having the laboratory in low earth orbit and while working without the benefit of gravity. The astronauts and cosmonauts are the animal technicians and their training is lengthy and detailed. The program is PHS assured, but the actual (ISS) laboratory cannot be inspected like ground-based programs on a semiannual basis. We will show the special housing and hardware that are designed to protect the animals and crewmembers who fly with them. Allergen testing of crewmembers is done for ground training and air samples are taken while mice are onboard the station to ensure that allergens are not being released into the closed ISS atmosphere. Veterinary care is provided for the animals via video downlinks and visual checks by crewmembers. Procedures are monitored in real time by scientists on the ground in our "mouse mission control." If permission is granted by NASA PAO, video of mice taken during past ISS missions will be shown, as well as other animal videos from past shuttle missions. Dr. Rick Linnehan will speak about his experience as an astronaut and working in microgravity and the challenges associated with rodents in that environment.


2:45 Stephanie Bassett Welcome and Introductions
2:50 Thomas M ButlerVeterinary Aspects of Caring for the Nonhuman Primates that Were the Stars of Early Space Flight Missions
3:20 Stephanie Bassett Coaching the Crew: Higher Educationfor a Talented Team
3:50 Terry BlasdelThe Gravity of Departures from the Guide: Assessing Performance Standards in Low Earth Orbit
4:20 Alex Dunlap Lab Animal Hardware Validation for Ensuring Animal Welfare on the ISS
4:50 AllQuestions and Answers

The DIY App Revolution: One Program's Journey

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom F
Leaders: Ethan Hildebrand, Jason Jorgenson
Moderator: Ethan Hildebrand
Facilitator: TBN

Today's vivarium workplace involves interdependent processes with many moving parts and multiple personnel, distributed across many buildings. The nature of our work requires reliable completion of all tasks, including accurate documentation for regulatory purposes. Moreover, in these times of increasing costs and decreasing research funding, data-driven decisions for increased productivity are more important than ever. We recognized the need early on to make the work more efficient. That included a transition from paper forms to digital platforms for communication, record keeping, and analysis. That led us on a journey to implement software and hardware products designed specifically for lab animal programs. In that process, we had to contend with significant sunk costs, institutional assumptions and constraints, and our own lack of experience in software implementation. All of this led to missed deadlines and extended timelines. Seven years and over $1M later, we could link protocols, animal procurement, and census into an almost seamless package. But, we were using only 75% of available software functionality while other program needs remained unmet. We figured there had to be a better way. What we found is that we could adapt inexpensive apps and other generic software. We issued our staff with workplace-restricted iPhones and installed apps that we customized for our needs. Even software we use every day, like Microsoft Office®, could be leveraged for specific vivarium essentials. When we compared what we did using this approach versus what we had done previously, it was obvious that we could save a lot of time and money, with a more adaptable response to institutional assumptions and constraints. Meeting management's needs in smaller yet faster ways led to an increased appetite for newer and even more flexible applications to address newly identified needs. This seminar is intended for anyone who is interested in making the lab animal care workspace more efficient. We'll review our experiences and challenges associated with traditional software procurement and implementation, and offer cheap and simple alternatives that can be easily adapted by users for specific vivarium needs, all without the need to purchase expensive software or write customized code.


2:45 Ethan Hildebrand Welcome and Introductions
2:50 Ethan Hildebrand What We Learned When They Made Us Project Managers
3:00 Ethan Hildebrand Why Spend $1M When You Could Spend $10,000 (or Less)
3:30 Mary Ann Crowley The Apps We Use Everyday
4:00 Jason Jorgenson So, How Much Time and Money Will It Save Us?
4:30 All Discussion

This Seminar is sponsored in part by Harvard University Office of Animal Resources and Vivarium Operational Excellence Network.

Training for Success: Ensuring Your Training Program Is Helping Your Employees Succeed
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 9B
Leader: Michelle L Wallace-Fields
Moderator: Lorraine Bell
Facilitator: Bernard Hughes

Personnel are our most valuable investment. Ensuring that new hires are adequately trained and mentored can mean the difference between success and failure for both a program and an employee. This seminar is designed to walk attendees through the process of training new hires, from ensuring that they will have everything they need to get started, to how to track and manage refresher training for all employees. It will provide tools and examples, including new hire check sheets, how a program is developed, how a program can change over time, and how to transition an employee from the initial shadowing period to when they are a trusted and valued member of the team. Throughout the session, samples of training documents will be presented. The active roles that training staff play as a crucial part of the training process will be explained, as well as a demonstration on how a gradual increase of responsibilities and workload, with an eye toward early support and intervention, is very effective in retaining the new hire's focus and helping to improve their success and morale. This seminar will present ways to ensure new employees are knowledgeable from the moment of hire and how to keep them engaged and growing within the department, plus ways to develop tools to make sure that all necessary training is covered and documented, and recommendations on how to conduct and document follow-up and annual training. Finally, ways to assess training and solicit feedback in order to improve the training program will be discussed, including examples of adjustments that can be made based upon that information. This seminar is designed for anyone who supervises or trains employees or is working to move into management positions including supervisors, managers, and directors. Participants will learn how to develop, revise, refine, and document training for new hires and refresher training for existing employees.

2:45 Michelle L Wallace-Fields Welcome and Introductions
2:50 Lorraine Bell Identifying the Necessary Components and Organizing the Tools Needed for Your Training Program
3:10 Kim Schoonveld Assembling the Pieces of Your Training Program: Making a List and Checking It Twice
3:30 Mindy M Yarbrough Monitoring the New Hire's Progress: Ensuring Your New Employee Succeeds
3:50 Break
4:05 Holly Goold Veterinary Technician Training: Developing the Technical Skills Necessary to Assist, Monitor, and Teach in the Research Setting
4:20 Michelle L Wallace-FieldsPreventive Maintenance of Your Training Program: Your Program Changes, Is Your Training Program Keeping Pace?
4:35 All Panel Discussion