Career Center 

Post resumes and job openings on the Career Center bulletin boards. Looking for a job? Post your resume and check back for notes from potential employers. Looking for new employees? Post your openings, and browse resumes to find the perfect candidate. If you cannot attend the National Meeting, we’ll post your ad for you. Please send your poster to Heather Lampi, AALAS, 9190 Crestwyn Hills Dr, Memphis, TN 38125-8538. The poster should be no larger than 11 × 17 inches and must be received no later than September 27, 2021.

For more information and helpful tips, review the Career Center instructions

AALAS Foundation Seeks Auction Donations

The AALAS Foundation is holding its annual virtual silent auction during the AALAS National Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Proceeds from this event support the Foundation’s efforts to educate the public about the essential role of animals in research. You can help these outreach efforts by contributing an auction item to this year’s event. To donate to the AALAS Foundation virtual silent auction complete the online pledge form, located here. We are requesting all auction donors hold on to their auction items and ship them directly to the winner of the auction item at the end of the auction.  Deadline to submit an auction donation pledge is September 30, 2021. Donors contributing silent auction item donation pledges by August 1, 2021 will be acknowledged in the 2021 National Meeting Final Program.

Virtual Silent Auction Schedule

Monday, October 11 through Friday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. CST. 

Join the AALAS Foundation for an evening of fun as we celebrate the generous donors and volunteers who generously support the Foundation. The Appreciation Reception, sponsored by Charles River, will be held on Wednesday, October 20, from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.  All AALAS National Meeting attendees are invited to attend.

Technician Fun Fair

Starting Sunday, October 17 thru Thursday, October 21, 2021, the Fun Fair exam will be online. This will be available for all registrants of the National Meeting. They will be able to scan the QR code or click on the link on the meeting app to open the exam. The participants in the exam will be able to find the answers to the questions by visiting the booth of the exhibitor onsite or a virtual booth. All participants that score 80% and above on the exam will be put in a drawing for prizes which will be in the form of gift cards. The winners will be notified by email. The prize will be sent to them from the exhibiting company that donated the prize. Prizes will range in amounts from $10 to $100.

Exhibiting companies are needed to support the Fun Fair. Click here for more on this exciting opportunity.

Lunch & Learn

Are you a technician and attending the National Meeting in Kansas City? If so, here is a great opportunity for you. Hosted by CTAD and sponsored by PMI LabDiet, the Lunch and Learn is on Monday, October 18, at 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. This is an excellent way to enjoy a complimentary lunch and hear educational talks on lab animal science. Seats are limited so preregister soon, but reservation can only be taken after you have registered for the National Meeting. Reserve your spot today by registering online or by contacting Nancy Dorcy.

The 2021 speaker will be Karen Froberg-Feiko, LATG, VMD. She is President (and veterinarian) of Bio Serv. The topic is "Does Rodent Enrichment Make (Sense) Cents?"

Orientation Session

Attending your first National Meeting can be an overwhelming experience, considering the multitude of activities going on. Don’t worry—support is available to help you make the most of your experience. Join AALAS leadership and staff for the Orientation Session for new members, International attendees, and first timers on Sunday, October 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You’ll receive tips on how to plan your week and get the chance to meet other new members and first-timers. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get all your questions answered about AALAS programs, educational opportunities, and National Meeting event schedules. We hope to see all newbies there!

The Emergent Leadership Forum

The Emergent Leadership Forum is designed to provide background preparation for leadership positions at the branch and national levels and will be held Sunday, October 17. It is open to branch representatives and other potential leaders at no cost to the individuals. Attendees will get an overview of association structure and governance including legal policies, tips on how to function as a board or committee member, and guidance in dealing with the media and public relations. Branches will be given priority to reserve seats for one attendee, and these registrations must be received by July 1 to guarantee a seat. Interested candidates representing branch leadership should contact their branch president to be nominated. After July 1, registration will be open to any AALAS member who is interested in serving in a leadership role within the association. Registrations must be received by September 1. For more information, please contact ELF@aalas.org. Access the registration form here.