Wednesday Morning

Workshops


W-02B Isolators 101A
(offered twice – also on Monday 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

See Monday 8:00 AM for description.

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-15 LAS Pro Article Writing Boot Camp
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 210A
Leaders: John Farrar, Liz Rozanski
Faculty: Chris A Boehm, Andrew J Burich, Robert T Dauchy, Penny L Devlin, Sonia Doss 
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: FREE Workshop Limit: 50

Laboratory Animal Science Professional (LAS Pro), the flagship AALAS publication, features articles highlighting the latest developments and strategies in management, professional development, occupational health and safety, as well as technician tips and feature stories on the diverse professionals who work in our field. Do you want to be a part of your association’s magazine? Bring your concepts or an article outline and we will help you get started down the road to publication! The magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board will be on hand to offer encouragement and expert advice. The targeted audience for this workshop is any AALAS member looking to publish, particularly those who have not published previously. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to the session.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

W-16 Step Outside Your Box by Using Your Five Minds
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 209A
Leader: Daphne L Molnar
Faculty: Diana P Baumann, Carolyn M Malinowski, Daphne L Molnar, Lisa K Secrest, William L Singleton
Facilitator: TBN
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

In a time of relentless change, only one thing is certain: new challenges and opportunities will emerge that are virtually unimaginable today. Due to a constantly changing environment, we often require more than just competencies or technical expertise to be successful. How can we know which skills will be required to succeed in the future? Using Howard Gardner’s, Five Minds for the Future, this interactive workshop will explore this concept: the Disciplinary Mind, the Synthesizing Mind, the Creating Mind, the Respectful Mind, and the Ethical Mind. While it’s important to increase your emotional intelligence (EQ), we need to shift from the EQ description toward the five minds prescription in an effort to reduce limitations imposed by being unable to conceptualize beyond a single path. Our hope is to convince each participant to step outside their box, think about a topic in a variety of ways, and develop an innate understanding of how to embrace the ever changing environment. The task of cultivating minds constitutes a major challenge to all individuals who work within such a disciplined industry. This workshop will benefit anyone attending the National Meeting or who works within the laboratory animal science field.

W-14 Teaching Monkeys to Cooperate with Restraint: Using Positive Reinforcement Training and Temperament Testing Methods
(8-hour workshop continued from Tuesday 1:00 PM)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 202B
Leader: Jaine E Perlman
Faculty: Mollie A Bloomsmith, Kris Coleman, Jennifer L McMillan
Facilitator: Mark Prescott

See Tuesday 1:00 PM for description.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by NC3R, Lomir Biomedical, Crist Instrument, and Unifab Corporation.

SEMINARS


Potential Genetic Pitfalls when Breeding Genetically Modified Mouse and Rat Models

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Ballroom B
Leader/Moderator: Ana V Perez
Facilitator: TBN

The abundance of genetically modified animal models is staggering. CRISPR technology has further shortened the time to generate genetically modified animal models. This on the one hand is good news for the researcher that is on the look for the mouse or rat model to test a hypothesis. On the other hand, often these genetically modified models are on a mixed genetic background or different substrains, which may complicate data interpretation. In this seminar we will provide information on three aspects of genetic quality when generating and breeding genetically modified models. The first speaker will present an overview on generation of genetically modified models compare and contrast the technologies and address what encompasses genetic quality of a genetically modified rat or mouse model and considerations when characterizing these models and consider problems that may arise when intercrossing them. The second speaker will present examples on phenotype variation depending on the genetic background of mice. The third presenter will emphasize important differences that substrains carry and may influence the phenotype of the genetically modified mouse or rat model. Participants will get an understanding on genetic quality considerations needed when breeding genetically modified rats and mice. They will also learn that the genetic background of a strain plays a major role on the phenotype of genetically modified models. Also, they will get clarification that this genetic background differences go as subtle as the substrain level. This seminar is targeted to veterinarians, scientific researchers, and animal facility managers.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00 Ana V PerezWelcome and Introductions
8:05 Ana V PerezSafeguarding Genetic Quality in Genetically Modified Mice and Rat Models
8:40 Jan V Parker-ThornburgEffects of Genetic Background on Phenotype
9:15 Aimee StablewskiSubstrain Differences—Is a C57BL/6J Genetically Equivalent to a C57BL/6N?

This Seminar is sponsored in part by International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS).

The Animal Research Oversight Environment: Keeping Up With Changes
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Ballroom C
Leader/Moderator: B Taylor Bennett
Facilitator: TBN

In the United States, the oversight environment in which animal research is conducted and managed is constantly evolving as a result of a variety of factors, including changes to guidance documents, internal reviews and changes within the regulatory agencies, advances in laboratory animal science and medicine, and in response to various tactics employed by animal rights organizations. In the past year, OLAW has provided ongoing guidance on what constitutes significant changes to existing protocols affecting how institutions can manage those changes. The USDA has undergone a change in leadership and updated both the Animal Care Policy Manual and the Animal Welfare Inspection Guide. AAALAC has also undergone a change in leadership and continues to fine tune the accreditation process to keep up with advances in laboratory animal science and medicine. NABR has continued to monitor the FOIA requests submitted to the USDA and NIH and the USDA’s inspection and enforcement process to identify trends and changes. All of these events have the potential to directly affect how institutions manage their animal care and use programs. This seminar will provide the attendees with an opportunity to hear from representatives of the USDA, OLAW, AAALAC, and NABR as it relates to these 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 panelists can be submitted to btbdvm@yahoo.com. The target audience will be those who need to keep current with the regulations and requirements for conducting animal-based biomedical research.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00 B Taylor BennettWelcome and Introduction
8:10 Betty GoldentyerUSDA Update
8:30 Patricia A BrownOLAW Update
8:50 John F BradfieldAAALAC Update
9:10 Michael DingellNABR Update
9:55 AllQuestion and Answers

This Seminar is sponsored in part by National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).

The Care and Management of Laboratory Ferrets
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: Ballroom A
Leader/Moderator: Nicole Navratil
Facilitator: TBN

The ferret has remained a valuable model in many areas of biomedical research, including understanding the pathogenesis of influenza viruses and the development of vaccines, for developing antiemetic treatments, and for a wide range of neurobiology applications. However, despite the importance of the ferret as a laboratory animal model, there are no specific guidelines in the United States for housing and caring for ferrets, and there is no standard for the health monitoring of ferret colonies, either. Therefore, the purpose of this seminar will be to bring together experts in the industry to facilitate discussion regarding common practices for the care and management of laboratory ferrets and ways to further enhance animal welfare. The seminar will be valuable for facility managers, investigators, animal care staff, technicians, veterinarians, IACUC staff, and anyone else involved with the care of laboratory ferrets.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00 Nicole NavratilWelcome and Introduction
8:05 Marie C DebrueHousing, Enrichment, and Common Health Issues of Adult Ferrets in a Research Setting
8:30 Jennifer A BaszczakAcclimation and Social Grouping of Adult Ferrets
8:55 Michelle L SalernoEnvironmental Conditions and Enrichment for Pregnant/Lactating Jills and Neonatal Kits
9:20 Bambi H JasminHeath Monitoring of Ferret Breeding Colony

This Seminar is sponsored in part by Marshall BioResources.

The Differences Matter: Practical Concerns in Managing a Zebrafish Facility
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM/Room: 217C
Leader/Moderator: Joseph M Schech
Facilitator: TBN

Although the principles of facility and colony health management are similar to those of a rodent facility, there are important differences when working with aquatic species. This seminar addresses topics of concern that are shared by both rodent and aquatic animal programs while emphasizing important details specific to maintaining colonies of Danio rerio. This information can be applied to a large scale aquatic facility or to single rooms in a multispecies facility. This seminar is for veterinarians, facility managers, and technicians who work with zebrafish in their animal facility.

Speakers/Topics:

8:00 Joseph M SchechWelcome and Introduction
8:20 Susan C FarmerHealth Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing in a Zebrafish Facility
8:40 Chereen CollymoreMy Zebrafish Have Pseudocapillaria tomentosa: Now What?
9:00 Lauren M PandolfoWalk This Way—Biosecurity/Foot )paths in an Aquatic Facility
9:20 Christine LieggiEmergency Planning for a Zebra- fish Facility
9:45 Joseph M SchechEuthanasia of Zebrafish—Beyond MS-222

This Seminar is sponsored in part by Fish Vet Group and IDEXX.

PLATFORM SESSIONS

8:00 AM–10:45 AM

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

SPECIAL TOPIC LECTURES


Hibernator at Heart: Arctic Ground Squirrels in Research

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: 217C
Speaker: Michele M Salzman
Moderator: Carissa P Jones
Facilitator: Donna M LeMay

Hibernating mammals offer intriguing examples of natural adaptions to physiologic extremes, such as tolerance to very low temperatures, as well as decreased breathing, heart, and metabolic rates. Of all hibernating mammals, Arctic ground squirrels experience the lowest body temperature during hibernation. Due to the Arctic ground squirrels’ unique hibernation, researchers have become interested in studying their tolerance to such extremely low body temperatures for up to nine months at a time, and how this tolerance plays a role in protecting their organ systems. This makes the Arctic ground squirrel an uncommon, but biomedically important animal model. Thus, wild-caught Arctic ground squirrels were brought into a laboratory setting to conduct cardiovascular research at our academic research institution. The presentation will include an introduction to Arctic ground squirrel biology, featuring a captive-housed veterinary case study; the housing and husbandry of wild-caught Arctic ground squirrels; an overview of several research areas utilizing Arctic ground squirrels as a model; and finally, the use of Arctic ground squirrels as a unique model in cardioprotective research.

Homes for Animal Heroes: The Truth Has Never Felt So Good
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom B
Speaker: Cindy A Buckmaster
Moderator: Paula A Clifford
Facilitator: Teresa L Neubauer

The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) has been acquiring research dogs and using them as props to promote and fund a dangerous and misleading anti-research campaign globally. Several research institutions in the U.S. have fallen prey to BFP’s dishonest tactics and have shut down their adoption programs to avoid further victimization by this animal rights group. And, many adoptable dogs have been euthanized as a direct result of BFP’s actions. Homes for Animal Heroes (HAH) is a rehoming network that research institutions can trust. HAH will have the capacity to foster, train, and place more research dogs annually than all of the existing groups combined. And this network will provide us with the first ever nationwide platform for engaging the public in truthful discussions about our work and their demands for it. We will talk about how we care for our dogs and what they help us learn for human and animal wellbeing, and we will answer their questions openly and honestly. It’s time for us to partner with other loving Americans who are grateful to our animal heroes for all they have given us. And it’s past time for us to take back the conversation and engage the public in loving solutions, rather than harmful arguments. It’s time for all of us to show our gratitude, share our love, and support our heroes.

Implementation of the 3Rs in Rodent Colony Health Monitoring Programs
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom C
Speaker: Matthew H Myles
Moderator: Karen L Lencioni
Facilitator: TBN

The 3Rs serve as guiding principles for humane animal-based research. With the recent advancements in diagnostic technologies and refinement of diagnostic specimen selection, it is an opportune time to revisit and reconsider how these guiding principles may be applied to our rodent colony health monitoring programs. This presentation will cover methods for reducing the number of dirty bedding sentinels by using them over an extended time period. In addition, methods for detecting agents that are not efficiently transmitted to sentinel rodents through the transfer of dirty bedding, such as evaluation of individually ventilated caging (IVC) rack system exhaust air debris, will be discussed. This presentation will provide participants with evidence-based data for implementing the 3Rs in their rodent colony health monitoring programs while, at the same time, improving overall microbial surveillance.

Nathan R Brewer Lecture
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Room: Ballroom A
Speaker: TBN
Moderator: Jennifer L Wilk
Facilitator: TBN

Speaker and description will be available after the Awards Selection Committee selects the Nathan Brewer Recipient in June 2016.

This Special Topic Lecture is sponsored in part by AALAS Awards Selection Committee (ASC).

PANEL DISCUSSIONS


Contracted Study Timelines: Issues, Solutions, and Impacts

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 207D
Leader/Moderator: Khary A Adams
Facilitator: TBN
Panelists: Khary A Adams, Marilyn J Brown, Donna J Clemons, Stanley D Dannemiller

The IQ Consortium is a pre-competitive industry group focused on the common issues facing the pharmaceutical industry. The CRO collaboration group is a working group within the IQ Consortium dedicated to identifying and improving the relationships and collaboration between pharmaceutical companies and their CRO partners with the specific goal of facilitating our common focus on the 3Rs and animal welfare. Many individuals on both sides of the outsourcing relationship participate in study planning and placement, and while most are familiar with the process of conducting animal studies, there remain a significant number who are in areas such as business support that don’t have a complete understanding of the process, and who may not appreciate how decisions may impact both animal welfare and the quality of the research. This training, intended to be used internally by individual companies and institutions, seeks to provide basic information that will allow more informed decisions after cost/benefit considerations. Many individuals in an organization influence study design and timing. It’s important that everyone involved in the process understand how their role and their decisions impact the quality of the study and animal welfare. Choices made with good intentions often have downstream or peripheral impacts that are not readily apparent when viewed alone. This training is intended to give individuals some perspective on how various changes or requirements might have unintended consequences on the quality of the study or animal welfare, and how planning and communication can mitigate those impacts. The target audience will include study monitors, study directors, program managers, project managers, capacity managers, IACUC members, sales teams, and others who are involved in outsourcing or providing CRO services.

This Panel Discussion is sponsored in part by IQ Consortium 3Rs Leadership Group and CRO Outreach Working Group.

Making the Move: Sentinel Animals to Exhaust Air Dust PCR
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 207A
Leader: Brian Bilecki
Moderator: Kenneth S Henderson
Facilitator: TBN
Panelists: Sue C Dowling, Harold F Stills, Jr., Mandy Thorpe

It is estimated that between 750,000 and 1 million sentinel animals are used globally each year in rodent colony health monitoring programs. A new approach to screen for rodent pathogens using exhaust air dust (EAD) collection and PCR testing can reduce or potentially eliminate the need for traditional live-animal sentinel programs, and supports the theme of “better science from fewer animals” and the 3Rs while improving health assessments and reducing facility labor and cost. More vivariums are moving away from traditional soiled bedding sentinel animals and are adopting EAD PCR as their primary animal health surveillance methodology. While some vivariums are early adopters, others are still warming to the idea of EAD PCR. Representatives from three different institutions who initially adopted a swabbing technique for EAD collection are now either moving to or trialing the suspended media design. Their experiences evaluating the technology, as well as the decision-making process and what factors impacted the ultimate choice to adopt EAD will shed light on common questions and concerns that much of the LAS industry currently shares. Furthermore, this discussion will also include the participant’s experiences introducing these new methods and procedures. Facility managers, directors, veterinarians, researchers, and anyone responsible for the health monitoring and maintenance of the vivarium will learn about approaches and considerations used to evaluate an alternative EAD program, the impact of EAD testing on the reduction or elimination of sentinel mouse use, the challenges to switching from a traditional bedding sentinel program to an EAD PCR program and recent results obtained for an EAD PCR program versus traditional bedding sentinel monitoring.

Research Reproducibility: We Are All in It Together!
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 213C
Leaders: Susan Sanchez, Krishnan Kolappaswamy
Moderator: Susan Sanchez
Facilitator: TBN
Panelist: Gaylen Edwards, Jennifer Plank-Bazinet

Three experts will present and discuss the issues about the lack of research reproducibility now recognized in many scientific studies, many of which involve the use of research animals. These issues erode public trust and raise concern over the validity of using animals in research. The speakers are seasoned researchers, former directors of nonhuman primate facilities, AAALAC International board members, and NIH staff. Members of the AALAS Scientific Advisory Committee will moderate the discussion. Attendees will learn about the contributing factors propelling research reproducibility to the limelight and the challenges facing researchers and the lab animal community to address these issues. The panel will highlight what participants can do to improve research reproducibility and hence improve the public’s perception of the validity and importance of animals in research. The target audience is everyone involved in research at any level, whether in a role of reviewing or designing research studies, conducting research, or providing husbandry or veterinary care. IACUC members are specially invited.

Staff Scheduling Models in the Development of Lean Animal Research Programs
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM/Room: 213B
Leader/Moderator: Tasha M Thomas
Facilitator: Myesha R Fuller
Panelist: Tasha M Thomas, Yehia Wafa

Top management for laboratory animal research programs are consistently pressured to produce metrics to justify headcount and substantiate staffing levels. The triggers of these discussions vary from site to site. The perception and reality of a single employee’s workload can be a constant guessing game if clear directives are not in place. The creation of a strong schedule coupled with well-defined metrics and a strong training plan can ultimately assist in long-term strategizing for staff support and budget forecasting. In the rare occasion where animal holding rooms are similar in size, usage, species, and husbandry and technical support requirements, the use of room assignments for scheduling is preferred. When those factors are not aligned, which is often the case, a task-oriented approach is optimal. Join us as we share the benefits of a task-oriented scheduling paradigm for vivarium optimization. Participants will learn about the benefits of a task-oriented scheduling model compared to standard room assignment scheduling. This presentation will be geared towards directors, managers, and front-line supervisors.

WORKSHOPS


W-17 Applied Animal Behavior Workshop: Ethograms, Behavior Observation Techniques, and Temperament Assessments

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 202B
Leader: Stefanie L Nelsen
Faculty: James C Ha, Gina M Savastano, Stefanie L Nelsen
Facilitator: Catherine A Boyle
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

This workshop is designed to teach participants the necessary tools and techniques to meet the behavioral needs and requirements of laboratory animals, specifically addressing nonhuman primates, dogs, swine, and rabbits. Attendees will learn about ethograms and how to develop them. The workshop will cover the various techniques of behavioral observations, as well as the statistical power behind each technique and practical applications for various laboratory animals. Participants will also learn about the various methods of temperament assessments and how this can be utilized to enhance animal welfare. The target audience for this workshop is anyone working hands-on with laboratory animals as these behavioral techniques can and should be applied to all species.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Primate Products, Inc.

W-18 Introduction to Acupuncture in Laboratory Animal Medicine
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 209A
Leader: Harvey E Ramirez
Faculty: Alan G Brady, Stephanie J Buchl, Patty H Chen, Elizabeth R Magden
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 50

Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic technique which involves the insertion of sterile needles into defined sites on the body in order to stimulate physiologic balance through neural signaling. It is one of the most recognized and scientifically validated complementary modalities used in veterinary medicine, and its use has dramatically broadened the scope of what should be considered high standard veterinary care. The research supporting the use of acupuncture demands that laboratory animal veterinarians cultivate a progressive mindset regarding alternative and complementary treatment modalities and their implementation in laboratory animal care. In this workshop, participants will receive a historical perspective of acupuncture and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, be provided with an in-depth understanding of the neurobiological and neurophysiological mechanism of acupuncture treatment, learn to locate the most commonly used acupuncture points in laboratory animal medicine, learn basic techniques used when placing needles, and learn indications and contraindications for dry needling and electro-acupuncture. The target audience includes veterinarians with an interest in learning acupuncture with the goal of integrating it into their clinical care of laboratory animals.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine.

W-07B Isolators 101B (offered twice, also on Monday 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

See Monday 1:00 PM for description.

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-19 The Emotional Connection: Caring for Animals in the Workplace
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM/Room: 210A
Leader: Susan A Iliff
Faculty: Connie Palmer
Facilitator: Katherine Shuster
Workshop Fee: $140 Workshop Limit: 30

The 3-hour interactive workshop will facilitate discussion about the nature of our emotional connection, the human-animal bond, the grief that persons working with animals can experience, and the importance of giving and receiving support in the workplace. The implications and impact of disenfranchised grief, compassion fatigue, and anticipatory grief will be explored. Benefits of having a greater understanding of these factors and effectively managing their impact include decreased stress, reduced adverse health symptoms, and improved performance in the workplace. Workshop participants will gain greater understanding of the impact of grief on individuals, teams, and organizations. They will learn to identify ways to promote and implement self-care at work, how to support a grieving coworker or employee, how to challenge obstacles to being vulnerable in the workplace, and the value of rituals in creating a “good mourning” work environment. The target audience includes animal care technicians, veterinary technicians, researchers, veterinarians, managers, facility directors, and IACUC members.

This Workshop is sponsored in part by Imagine A Center for Coping with Loss.

PLATFORM SESSIONS

2:15 PM–5:00 PM

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

SEMINARS


American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners: Celebrating 50 Years of Advocacy, Education, and Collaboration

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom A
Leader/Moderator: William A Hill
Facilitator: Wendy J Underwood

Since its organization in 1966, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) has endeavored to advance laboratory animal medicine and welfare through member development and representation in the greater professional community. This seminar will celebrate ASLAP’s 50-year history and simultaneously look toward the future by examining three of the most pressing issues confronting laboratory animal veterinarians as identified in a recent membership survey, including veterinary student debt, regulatory burden, and compassion fatigue. Presenters will provide a framework for understanding the contemporary relevance of each topic and suggest practical management strategies. Presentations will be concise, informative, and designed to elicit audience participation. Animal program directors, veterinarians, and IACUC professionals would benefit from this relevant and interactive discussion.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45 William A Hill Welcome and Introductions
3:00 Stacy L PrittVeterinary Student Debt
3:30 Joseph ThulinSelf-Imposed Regulatory Burden
4:00 Matthew RosenbaumCompassion Fatigue
4:30 AllSession Discussion

In Focus: Develop Your Management and Leadership Potential
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: 217C
Leader: Joel A Goldberg
Moderator: Krishnan Kolappaswamy
Facilitator: TBD

This seminar will focus on the skills and attitudes needed to be an effective manager/leader in a lab animal science organization. Successful managers and leaders commonly possess certain skills, whether innate or developed through training, coaching, or mentoring. What are those key skills? Can they truly be learned? Are leaders made or born? What are the best ways to develop new managers? What role does building and maintaining strong professional relationships play in a leader’s success? How are those relationships developed and maintained? This panel will answer those and other key questions. It will include a discussion of lean principles, a focus on the importance of learning from mistakes (yours and others), and thoughts on day-to-day operational success. The panelists have extensive experience in the leadership of lab animal science organizations, operations management, and management development. Poll Everywhere will be used by one of the presenters. The target audience for this seminar are those who are, or want to be, supervisors, managers, and leaders of lab animal organizations and want to know the specific steps and strategies involved in operational success.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45 Krishnan KolappaswamyWelcome and Introductions
2:55 Joel A GoldbergIt’s All About Relationships
3:25 John NortonEngaging Managers: Being Lean and Responsive
:55 Gary L Borkowski21st Century Leadership in 10 Easy Steps (L-E-A-D-E-R-S-H-I-P)
4:25 Margaret HoganWhat’s in it for Me?—A Senior Manager’s Perspective on Developing Managerial Talent


Miniature Swine in Biomedical Research: Correlation in Aging Development with Humans, Metabolism, Cardiopulmonary, and Social Housing

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom C
Leader: Michael Swindle
Moderator: Derek Brocksmith
Facilitator: Vikki Wehmeier

Swine models are becoming increasingly popular in all areas of research and correlate in many aspects with humans. Miniature swine are used as models in biomedical and preclinical research environments. Complicated research protocols present many challenges for investigators and laboratory animal veterinarians/surgeons. This seminar will address these challenges by providing expert lecturers in each respective area. These lectures will offer attendees key information required for success in performance of these protocols using miniature swine models. This session should be of strong interest to laboratory animal veterinarians, veterinary surgeons, investigators, academicians, CRO personnel, and senior technicians.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45 Michael SwindleWelcome and Introductions
2:55 Alain Stricker-KrongradMiniature Swine as Models of Metabolic Disease
3:20 Michael SwindleCardiopulmonary Emergencies and Anesthesia: Prevention and Treatment
3:45 Derek BrocksmithSocial Housing of Miniature Swine
4:10 Guy F Bouchard Correlations in Aging Development of Miniature Swine with Humans
4:35 Alain Stricker-KrongradValidation of a Functional Observational Battery in Sinclair Miniature Swine

This Seminar is sponsored in part by Sinclair Bio Resources, LLC.

Using Environmental Enrichment to Refine Husbandry Tasks and Reduce Stress for Common Laboratory Species
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM/Room: Ballroom B
Leader/Moderator: Karen M Froberg-Fejko
Facilitator: TBN

Routine husbandry procedures, though routine, can be very stressful to research animals. As caregivers, our commitment to these animals is to minimize stress and promote psychological wellbeing. In order to decrease the possibility of negative outcomes, we must modify our methods of handling and improve our understanding of the animals we work with. The participants of this seminar have refined everyday husbandry techniques in a variety of laboratory species and they will discuss how these practices have reduced stress, gained confidence, and promoted cooperation with husbandry tasks. The tasks that will be discussed include conscious sample collection, daily cage changes, restraint, and physical exams. The environmental enrichments used include human interaction, edible enrichment, and exercise, as well as behavior-specific opportunities. These husbandry refinements resulted in animals that were easier to handle, which decreased procedure time and enhanced safety to both the animals and their caregivers. The target audience for this seminar is any individual working in lab animal medicine including researchers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and husbandry staff.

Speakers/Topics:

2:45 Karen M Froberg-FejkoWelcome and Introductions
2:50 Maya E MeeksSentimental Sentinels: Refinements in Rat Blood Collection
3:20 Erica DeanUse of Miniature Marshmallows to Reduce Stress, Enhance Safety, and Increase Efficiency When Working with Sinclair Miniature Swine
3:50 Kaile J Bennett Acclimation of Training Animals for Standard Handling, Restraint, and Laboratory Techniques
4:20 Megan A Gallagher Canine College: Socialization of Teaching Dogs for Animal and Human Welfare