Tuesday, October 15
MORNING

WORKSHOPS

W-09 Impacting the Outcome: Novel Leadership/Management Approaches for Today's Vivaria
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 303
Leaders: Clifford R Roberts, Alf Johnson
Faculty: Elizabeth Roberts
Facilitator: Trinka W Adamson
Workshop Fee: $150 Workshop Limit: 50

This workshop will present experience-based methods that will assist directors, middle-level managers, and supervisors with identifying and resolving work place situations that rob vivaria of efficiency and productivity, and if left unresolved, contribute to low staff morale, poor motivation, lost staff productivity, and organizational waste of resources. We will encourage the sharing of experiences using scenarios on how to best identify and resolve conflicts through staff participation in developing and implementing core values. We will present and discuss innovative methods through which leadership and management may engage and incentivize staff performance. We will present those virtues that contribute to effective communication and focus on the importance of using constructive feedback to building teams that collaborate and nurture camaraderie as well as enhance positive relationships with the customer/stakeholder base. The primary goal of the workshop is to engage participants in identifying ways that they can become more effective and efficient in the responsibilities as directors and managers. Through using case-examples and vignettes, the workshop will present operational challenges that today’s vivaria are confronting. Novel methods of identifying and resolving these challenges will be encouraged through discussion and debate.

W-07 Teaching Monkeys to Cooperate with Restraint: Using Positive Reinforcement Training and Temperament Testing Methods

(8-hour workshop continued from Monday 1:00 PM)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 607
Leader: Jaine E Perlman
Faculty: Jennifer L McMillan, Kristine Coleman, Mollie A Bloomsmith
Facilitator: Mark J Prescott
See Monday 1:00 PM for pricing and description.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Lomir, Hybex, Britz & Company, Carter2Systems, NC3Rs and NC3RsC.


SEMINARS


Build Your Leadership Brand

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 2A
Leader: Stacy L Pritt
Moderator: Robin M Kramer
Facilitator: Mia T Liebman

Creating and leading effective and efficient work teams is a challenging task. Leaders in today’s workplace must equip themselves with tools from a variety of disciplines to meet these challenges. Additionally, the impact that leaders have on individual staff performance is generally undervalued, with emphasis placed on what worker’s bring to the workplace and the performance appraisal process, rather than how leaders can proactively support their staff to achieve team goals. Bringing together four senior leaders in laboratory animal science, this seminar will focus on how leaders can build their leadership brand by enhancing their skills, creating cultures of inclusivity, equipping staff to make wise choices, and seeking or serving as mentors, sponsors, and coaches, all for the betterment of their staff and teams. Information presented will draw from several disciplines including business management, human resources, and psychology. The targeted audience members include anyone who has a formal or informal leadership and/or managerial role within their institution. While the seminar is designed to provide the most benefit to individuals currently operating in a leadership and/or managerial capacity, anyone who aspires to such a role will also find the information to be useful for career advancement.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00Stacy PrittWelcome and Introductions
8:05Stacy PrittCurrent Thoughts on Leadership
8:15Gary L BorkowskiCreating Your Leadership Brand
8:45Sharron M KirchainEquipping Staff to Make Wise Decisions
9:15Diane E McClureMoving from Diversity to Inclusion
9:45Stacy PrittMentoring, Sponsoring, and Coaching


I'm New to Gnotobiotics and Germ-free, How Do I Get Started?

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 3A
Leader/Moderator: Brian BileckiFacilitator: Joe Romano

As the demand for microbiome research increases dramatically, more and more facilities are implementing expansions into germ-free and gnotobiotic research. These expansions require new procedures, equipment, supplies, and SOPs, all of which are significantly different from traditional research strategies and operations. The knowledge for this burgeoning research area is held by a precious few, and although shared, the resources are limited and not readily available to the many new players in this long-established, but renewed, field of research. Further steepening the learning curve is the fact that technologies have been developed since the inception of germ-free research that can dramatically improve processes and procedures, significantly increasing the volume of studies and reducing the limitations. This seminar will cover a wide range of considerations that need to be made to achieve a successful germ-free and gnotobiotic program, included but not limited to SOPs, cold-sterilant type and usage, validation and microbiological monitoring, isolator and sealed positive pressure IVC housing use, breeding, bedding and feed types, water, enrichment, filtration, and study design. In order to offer a better understanding of the necessary considerations, a case study of an active gnotobiotic facility will be presented in detail, highlighting the start-up processes, training, operation, and outcome in a real-world scenario. The target audience is veterinarians, facility directors, supervisors, and senior and junior technicians.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00Brian BileckiWelcome and Introductions
8:05Brian BileckiTechnical Aspects of Starting and Maintaining a Germ-free or Gnotobiotic Colony
8:35Patrick HardyCold Sterilization Issues, Solutions, and Validation
9:05Paula L RoeschMicrobiological Monitoring Techniques of Germ-free and Gnotobiotic Colonies
9:35Amanda BumberSuccessfully Maintaining Germ-free Mice Using a Sealed Positive Pressure Caging System

One Health: Animals' Connection to People

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 1A
Leader/Moderator: Lon V Kendall
Facilitator: Michelle K Adam

Speakers will discuss how interactions with animals impact human and animal health and the environment. Speakers will discuss how healthier pets make healthier people by reviewing common zoonotic disease and ways to prevent them, with an emphasis on the human-animal bond and how to avoid pet relinquishment due to zoonotic diseases. The relationship between the health of food animals and the environment will be explored to include discussions on antimicrobial resistance and shiga-toxin producing E. coli, and their impacts on human health. Also discussed will be how food choices impact the microbiome and cancer prevention. Finally, the progression of lorsartan as a repurposed immunotherapy for the treatment of osteosarcoma from pre-clinical studies in mouse models, to the dogs in the veterinary clinic to phase one clinical trials in children will be explored.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00Lon V KendallWelcome and Introductions
8:05Michael LappinHealthy Pets Make Healthy People and the WHO Perspective
8:35Sheryl MagzamenHow Livestock Impact Human Health
9:05Kristopher D ParkerDiet, Cancer, and the Microbiome
9:35Dan ReganLorsartin Chemotherapy in Pets and People
 

Reproducibility in Animal Research
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 4A
Leader/Moderator: Natalie A Bratcher
Facilitator: Sara R Oglesby

The ability to reproduce animal experiments is a growing issue for in vivo research with profound implications for scientific progress and ethical animal use. The cause of reproducibility failure is multifactorial and might be attributed to any number of possible explanations related to the animals used, including micro- and macroenvironmental factors, insufficient reporting, and poor experimental design. Ultimately, if a study is not designed to yield robust results, animals and research resources are wasted. Various guidelines and tools have been established to address the problem, yet many researchers are still not fully using these tools for impact. This seminar will cover various ways to address reproducibility across all species and types of research with animals. The target audience includes those interested in learning about various ways to improve research reproducibility and is for anyone involved in supporting and running experiments with animals, including scientists, research technicians, veterinarians, animal welfare leaders, and ethics committee members.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00Natalie A BratcherWelcome and Introductions
8:05Esther PearlImproving Reproducibility: The Revised ARRIVE Guidelines and the Experimental Design Assistant
8:30Mandy L BergquistMaking Each Subject Count
8:55Kelly A Metcalf PateRefining Animal Work to Enhance Research Reproducibility
9:20Jennie LofgrenConsidering What Matters in in the Vivarium when Addressing the Reproducibility Problem
9:50All PresentersQuestion & Answers
This Seminar is sponsored in part by UK National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) and the North American 3Rs Collaborative (NA3RsC).

PLATFORM SESSIONS

8:00 AM-10:45 AM

Platform Session abstracts will be available on www.aalas.org in July. They will also be included in both the mobile app and the National Meeting Final Program.

SPECIAL TOPIC LECTURES

A One Health Success Story in Borneo Advanced by Laboratory Animal Veterinarians and Physicians
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 1A
Speaker: Jeff D Wyatt
Moderator: Andrew N Winterworn
Facilitator: Wendy Bates

AALAS conference attendees will learn the principles needed for a successful One Health Initiative and how they may adopt the approach of "radical listening" for their own problem solving. An innovative and transformative planetary or One Health initiative in Indonesian Borneo (www.healthinharmony.org), advanced by laboratory animal veterinarians and physicians, provides a 10-year proof of concept well positioned for replication globally. The planetary health concept advocates an interdisciplinary approach to reverse man’s unprecedented degradation of the environment, including deforestation and biodiversity loss, as a requisite to further advance human health globally. When asked, communities totaling 60,000 villagers surrounding 269,000 acres in Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan identified two solutions to stop illegal logging of rainforest if only they had the resources. If provided with training in alternative livelihoods and access to affordable healthcare, all of their illegal logging could stop. Two laboratory animal veterinarians from Rochester, NY and Kingston, Ontario mentored training in smallholder goat rearing. Farmers, recruited from neighboring Java, trained the loggers in compost production and sustainable, organic farming of barren slash and burn plots. Physicians from Yale, Stanford, and Rochester set in motion a mentoring program for recently graduated Indonesian physicians in a new rainforest clinic analogous to residency training programs in North American teaching hospitals. The ensuing, high-quality and incentivized community health care program administered by Indonesian physicians provides 70% subsidy for patients from nonlogging villages. Noncash payments with manure, compost, organic produce, reforestation seedlings, and handicrafts ensure no patient is turned away. The 10-year metrics of program impact on community and forest health include a stunning 90% decrease in mortality of children under five years and an 88% decrease in illegal logging households. Program replication is underway deeper in Borneo in villages adjacent to a rainforest twice the size of Gunung Palung with plans to expand next year in Madagascar. Our proof of concept benefiting both human and environmental health illuminates a pathway for planetary health.

Charles River Ethics and Animal Welfare Lecture: More than 3Rs: The 3Vs and the Ethics and Science of Valid and Reproducible Animal Research

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 4A
Speaker: Hanno Würbel
Moderator: Patricia V Turner
Facilitator: TBN

The use of animals for research is regulated on the explicit understanding that no unnecessary harm is imposed on animals. This is the legal basis of the 3Rs principle, which serves to minimize harm. Researchers using animals must be able to explain why they cannot achieve the expected knowledge without using animals (replace), by using fewer animals (reduce), or by using less harmful procedures (refine). Whether the use of animals is legitimate, however, depends also on the expected benefit of the research. Unless study findings will be scientifically valid and reproducible, animals may be harmed for inconclusive research. Indeed, research on the quality of research (meta-research) has revealed considerable threats to the validity and reproducibility of animal research. These include poor animal models threatening the validity of what is being studied (construct validity), a lack of scientific rigor in experimental conduct questioning the inferences drawn from the results (internal validity), and rigorous genetic and environmental standardization limiting the generalizability and reproducibility of the results (external validity). I therefore propose a more explicit assessment of these three key aspects of the scientific validity of animal research (construct validity, internal validity, external validity) when reviewing grant proposals, study protocols, and publication manuscripts. This is what I refer to as the 3Vs principle. As with the application of the 3Rs principle, there is no need for a fixed checklist approach. Instead, appropriate criteria for assessing the 3Vs could be defined according to the decisions to be taken (e.g. project funding, protocol approval, publication). Together with the 3Rs, promoting the 3Vs in animal research will help us avoid wasting animals for inconclusive research and imposing unnecessary harm on research animals. Participants will learn to integrate animal welfare and scientific validity in a harm-benefit analysis of animal research. They will further learn how to improve the scientific validity and reproducibility of animal research, and why this matters both scientifically and ethically.

Public Outreach: Where We Are and Where Should We Be Going?

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 2A
Speaker: Allyson J Bennett
Moderator: Matthew R Bailey
Facilitator: Christer Delacruz

It is an incontrovertible fact that scientific knowledge and medical advances have resulted from research with nonhuman animals. It is also true that there is a high likelihood that humans, other animals, global society, and the environment would be negatively affected (harmed) if animal research and animal testing were not among the approaches available to make new discoveries in understanding health and disease. At the same time, public views of animal research often suggest a lack of overwhelming public support for animal research and animal testing. Further, anti-animal research campaigns continue to pose a range of challenges—including increasing legislative initiatives— that jeopardize the conduct and public support of sound science. There are many individuals, scientific societies, professional and advocacy organizations with a long history of outstanding efforts to build public understanding of animal research and to counter campaigns by anti-animal research groups. The current situation and political environment strongly suggest, however, that robust existing efforts should be expanded and refined. Knowledge and understanding of the likely outcomes of different paths and decisions are the critical consideration for serious and well-informed public policy. In this talk, I will focus on approaches to public education, outreach, and dialogue that center on fundamental concepts in the scientific process and the core moral dilemmas posed by animal research and animal testing. Among these are the long timescales between basic discoveries and application, the value of null results, and the harm of inaction (failing to conduct research). Conveying the balance between scientific objectives and consideration of animal wellbeing is crucial for outreach and education efforts. But what we must also convey are the foundational moral and ethical questions that more broadly influence human decisions about the use of other animals. The target audience will be all who involved in animal based biomedical research.

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

Wallace P Rowe Lecture:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 3A
Moderator: Lon V Kendall
Facilitator: TBN

Speaker and description will be available after the Award Selection Committee selects the Bhatt Award Recipient. This session information will be available in the mobile app and in the Final Program.

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


TUESDAY AFTERNOON

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Ergonomic Training for the Animal Care Technician
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 401
Leader: Terry Snyder
Moderator: Nicole E Duffee
Facilitator: TBN
Panelists: Terry Snyder, Nicole E Duffee

Animal care technician jobs are traditionally high risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Improving ergonomics is key to addressing injury, pain, and discomfort. We will discuss the major risk factors for musculoskeletal injury and how to provide ergonomic training for the animal care team so they can recognize these risk factors. The training helps animal care technicians to recognize risk factors, change work practices, and identify other opportunities to make the job safer and easier. Ideally, new employees should have ergonomic training before they start working. Ergonomic training is also key for ergonomic improvement teams so their initiatives can address the real causes of injury. Although training is a critical step to improving ergonomics, training needs to be relevant and engaging to be effective. We will discuss how to use active learning principles, and how positive group dynamics can achieve better understanding and retention. We will also talk about AALAS Technical Training Shorts, brief webinars with group activities, designed to reinforce basic ergonomic principles. There are three ergonomic Technical Training Shorts—Lifting Safety, Cart Moving Safety, and Muscle Recover—to be used for new employee and annual ergonomic training. The target audience for this panel is facility directors, managers, supervisors, senior technicians, trainers, and compliance staff.

Opioid Crisis: Exploring Effective Means to Support Investigators With Controlled Substances for Research Activities

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 403
Leader: Julie A Avalos, Larry Young
Moderator: Karen Lieber
Facilitator: TBN
Panelists: Julie A Avalos, Larry Young, Rebeccah G Wood

The opioid crisis is having a profound effect on communities throughout the United States. As such, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is taking a position to eradicate drug diversion by monitoring more closely the manufacturing, distribution, and use of controlled substances. Pharmacies and doctors have been impacted by the current regulatory expectations, but not to the degree seen at biomedical and behavioral research institutions. Investigators and clinical resource managers are finding it increasingly difficult to supply and monitor the use of controlled substances at the centralized level. What are researchers to do? Participants will learn DEA registrations for the procurement and use of controlled substances at research institutions can be individual or centralized. Which approach works better for researchers and management? Panelists will examine and discuss options for configuring DEA registrations to offer clinical support and oversight to investigators who require a source of controlled substances for their research. The targeted audience is clinical resource managers, veterinary nurses and technicians, veterinarians, compliance officers, and research personnel who use controlled substances.

This Panel Discussion is sponsored in part by Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (ALAVTN).

Transparency Initiatives that Could Be Implemented in the U.S. to Increase Public Acceptance of Animal Research

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 501
Leader/Moderator: Paula A Clifford
Facilitator: Jim Newman
Panelists: Javier Guillén, Ana Isabel Moura Santos, Wendy Jarrett, Kirk Leech

In the United States, progress has been made towards transparency about animal research. A growing number of research organizations are posting information on their websites about how and why animals are studied. Participation in public outreach initiatives is increasing annually. In addition, institutions in the U.S. are discussing a possible openness agreement, modeled on similar commitments forged in Europe. However, based on recent public polling data, which suggests approximately half of Americans oppose animal studies, many believe U.S. institutions should move more quickly in expanding proactive communications efforts. Public and private research organizations across Europe have adopted new practices and policies to engage the public on the benefits of animal research. This approach has been codified into national collective agreements such as the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the U.K. and similar transparency agreements in Spain and Portugal. Through these commitments, institutions pledge to take a proactive approach in explaining when, how, and why they use animals in research. They agree to provide information to the general public and the media about the conditions under which animal research is carried out and explain the results obtained from these studies. They pledge to develop initiatives that generate greater public knowledge and understanding about the use of animals in scientific research. They also commit to reporting on progress annually so that the impact of these transparency agreements can be measured. As the first basic action, signatories commit to placing a statement on their institution’s website, describing the institutional policy on the use of animals. Other European countries such as Belgium and France are also currently considering how they can be part of this new openness zeitgeist. Speakers from the U.S., U.K., Spain and Portugal will evaluate the experiences in these countries of seeking to build a collective institutional approach to improving transparency with the public. Based on these perspectives, audience members will learn what approaches might be deployed in the U.S. to increase public understanding and support.

This Panel Discussion is sponsored in part by Americans for Medical Progress (AMP), Understanding Animal Research and European Animal Research Association.

Work Satisfaction: Recharge Your Career

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 503
Leader/Moderator: Misty L Touchette
Facilitator: Ramaswamy M Chidambaram
Panelists: Cat Jaques, Morag Mackay, Nicole Navratil, Michelle L Salerno, Tammy S Schneider

No career ladder in sight? Customize your own. A career is a self-directed lifelong path that involves understanding and investing in your options, navigating with purpose, and making informed choices. This presentation provides career coaching insights from industry professionals with experience in academia, private sector research, sales, government, and more. The audience will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in discussion on topics such as career planning, soft skills, education, resumes, and interviewing. The target audience for this panel includes those who may have lost career traction, are considering pursuing advancement or relocation, are not seeking advancement but are interested in fostering personal growth and satisfaction, and individuals wishing to refresh his or her career development toolkit.

WORKSHOPS


W-10 CMAR Preparatory Class for the Animal Resources (AR) Exam

(8-hour workshop continued Wednesday 8:00 AM)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 302
Leader/Faculty: Diana P Baumann
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $150 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 to accomplish this. Please join us for a preparatory workshop for the Animal Resource exam. Topics covered include IACUC, occupational health and safety, regulations and compliance, veterinary care, and fiscal management. This prep course alone will not prepare you for the AR exam, but can be used to kick start your preparation, help you along the way, or as final revision to refresh your existing studies.

W-11 Improving Your Suturing and Rodent Surgery Aseptic Technique?

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 304
Leader: Marcel I Perret-Gentil
Faculty: Marcel I Perret-Gentil, Laurie Long, Szczepan W Baran, Raphael A Malbrue, Katherine E Nolan, Natalie Celeste
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $150 Workshop Limit: 50

You may feel proficient, even confident in performing rodent surgery. However, you may be surprised how small improvements can have a huge impact on your animal’s recovery and data. Participants will learn and refine commonly used suture, knot-tying, and rodent surgical draping techniques. The workshop will focus on appropriate hand-eye coordination to improve suturing skills and provide updates from recent scientific studies on the benefits of using plastic and aluminum foil wrap in routine rodent surgical aseptic procedures. A state-of-the-art inanimate model will be introduced and used during the suture practice. Easy to apply hands-on exercises will be put into practice that have been shown to significantly improve aseptic technique with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. This workshop is designed for individuals who have minimal or no suturing skills but is also a great opportunity for those with considerable experience wanting to upgrade their skills and teach others enhanced technique. It is also for those that wish to improve and teach rodent surgery aseptic technique with quite simple to implement methods.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Kent Scientific, Atramat, and SurgiReal Procucts Inc.

PLATFORM SESSIONS

8:00 AM-10:45 AM

Platform Session abstracts will be available on www.aalas.org in July. They will also be included in both the mobile app and the National Meeting Final Program.

SEMINARS


Intensive Care Swine Models

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 2A
Leader: Meghan S Vermillion
Moderator: Joanna M Mleczko
Facilitator: Adam D Werts

Swine have anatomic and physiologic similarities to humans that enhance their translational utility as models for human disease. In light of this, the use of swine in biomedical research has expanded, especially within the disciplines of neurologic, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease, as well as emergency and critical care. In parallel, our practices for management of intensive care swine models have improved, and integration of expertise from both veterinarians and human critical care physicians has allowed us to adapt similar practices for laboratory swine. This session will highlight several intensive care swine models, including traumatic brain injury, acute pulmonary injury, hospital-acquired pneumonia, as well as genetic engineering and cloning technologies to create rare disease models. Our speakers come from diverse scientific and medical backgrounds, and each will describe their research model and approach to implementing programs for intensive management of laboratory swine. Specific topics will include optimization of the swine model of traumatic brain injury and hemorrhagic shock; protocols for prolonged anesthesia and mechanical ventilation for swine models of ventilator-associated pneumonia; methods for chemical inhalation and strategies for recovery and care for animals with acute pulmonary injury; and new technologies and practices for high efficiency genetic engineering and cloning of swine, as well as management of genetically modified swine colonies. Our speakers will discuss the development and optimization of these intensive care swine models as well as the utility of these models as platforms for evaluating new therapeutic strategies. The target audience for this seminar includes laboratory animal veterinarians, animal care and technical staff, as well as scientific investigators and research personnel who are involved in related swine research programs. Our presenters will share their own experiences working with intensive care swine models, and we hope to elicit discussion from audience members who can offer other insights or advice related to these topics.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45Joanna MleczkoWelcome and Introductions
2:50Meghan VermillionYucutan Miniswine as a Model of Traumatic Brain Injury and Hemorrhagic Shock
3:15Joanna MleczkoSwine as a Model of Ventilator-Associated Bronchopneumonia
3:40Livia A VeressSwine as a Model of Chemical-Induced Acute Pulmonary Injury
4:05John SwartGenetically Engineered Miniswine as Translational Models of Preclinical Efficacy


One Health and Animal Research: A Crosslink to Promote Human, Animal, and Environmental Health
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 3A
Leader/Moderator: Jason S Villano
Facilitator: Jibing Yang

The concept of One Health emphasizes the importance of the coexistence and interdependence of the triad of man, animals, and the environment. Its core principle revolves around the direct association of the health and wellbeing of each of these components with the others. The laboratory animal science field plays an integral and pivotal role in describing and understanding the interactions among these three components and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration to promote their synergy. Animal models of infectious diseases and chemical toxicity are developed while field studies, especially those pertaining to the interaction between wild animals and their environments are conducted. The goal of this seminar is to introduce the audience to the concept of One Health as it relates to animal research. Specifically, the seminar includes talks on the principles of One Health, its aspects especially emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, animals as indicators of environmental health like pollution and climate change, and the use of irradiation and biological and chemical hazards in animal research. We will conclude with a talk on safety considerations in the conduct of related studies and the role of the laboratory animal science professional in the advancement of the One Health initiative. This seminar is appropriate for all attendees, including those in management, veterinarians, IACUC members, compliance and safety officers, researchers, and animal care staff.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45Jason VillanoWelcome and Introductions
2:50Stephen A FeltOne Health—Principles and the Basics
3:15Bernadette AlisantosaEmerging and Reemerging Zoonotic Diseases
3:45David HaukosAnimals as Indicators of Environmental Changes
4:15 Janet Follo Hazards in Animal Research—Examples and Containment
4:45Jason VillanoSafety Considerations—Lessons Learned and the Role of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Professional


Smart Approaches in Animal Facility Management
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 4A
Leader/Moderator: John J Hasenau
Facilitator: TBN

Staff interested in facilities management and incorporating newer concepts and efficiencies into current programs will benefit from examining a concept labeled smart approaches. Smart approach maintenance programs that are condition based examine the use of equipment or facilities and not just calendars. When capturing this data and planning appropriate maintenance programs, established assumptions and industry norms may be challenged. For example, risk-based rodent cage processing and preparation will be addressed as it pertains to caging type, thermoplastic degradation, life cycle costs, space requirements, and operational efficiency. Program evolution, common concerns, and pitfalls are examined. In addition, cage wash automation is reviewed under these parameters and requirements, responsibilities, and safety issues are examined. A case study of JAX’s innovative new facility will be presented. This seminar session is for all individuals at all levels in laboratory animal care programs from administrators, managers, veterinarians, and animal care professionals.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45John J HasenauWelcome and Introductions
2:55Gorky EstrellaCondition-based Maintenance: When, Where, and Why
3:25Neil LipmanTo Sterilize or Not Sterilize Rodent Caging: The Fundamental Question
3:45Christopher SouthernEducation, Complexity, and Occupational Safety of a Cagewash Operation
4:15Linda WatermanStrategic Goals and Planning for New Facilities Operations
4:30Kathy VandegriftStrategic Goals and Planning for New Facilities Operations
4:45All PresentersPanel Discussion

The Changing Landscape of Animal Rights: Activism in the United States and Europe and How Institutions Should Respond

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Mile High Ballroom 1A
Leaders: Jim Newman and Kirk Leech
Moderator: Jim Newman
Facilitator: Wendy Jarrett, Paula A Clifford

While animal activism has evolved significantly since the inception of the movement, we are currently witnessing major shifts in tactics and targets. Violent activism is for the most part, on the decline worldwide. In the U.S., many activist groups are now deploying their significant resources to affect national and regional regulations that govern the involvement of animals in research. Meanwhile in Europe, activist groups have also assuaged extremism, morphing into well-funded organizations with professional advocates, lobbyists, and media consultants, who can successfully command public discussion on the subject of animal research (often with misinformation and unfounded opinion) particularly in the absence of public communication from the scientific community. This presentation will feature experts from Europe and the United States who will examine the current state of the animal rights community and where the movement appears to be headed. In addition to providing past, current, and future perspectives, the presenters will advise attendees how their organizations should consider evolving their communications, marketing, and outreach approaches in light of the changing landscape.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45Jim NewmanWelcome and Introductions
2:50Jim Newman
Newman and Leech: The Evolution of the Animal Rights Movement and Where Things Currently Stand
3:05Jim NewmanCurrent and Emerging Tactics in the U.S.
3:15Kirk LeechCurrent and Emerging Tactics in Europe
3:45Jim NewmanNewman and Leech: How Organizations Should Respond to the Changing Landscape
4:00All PresentersQuestions & Answers