Wallace P. Rowe Lecture

This lecture, named after the first scientist to undertake systemic studies of many viral infections of laboratory animal mice, focuses on a current, innovative concept with implications for laboratory animal diseases.

Charles C. Hunter Lecture

This lecture pays tribute to the late Dr. Hunter, a former AALAS president and an enduring leader in the field of laboratory animal science. Dr. Hunter was known for his dedication to continuing education for laboratory animal technicians.

The 2018 speaker is Dr. Cindy P. Driscoll. Her lecture's title is, "Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!"

Lions, tigers, and bears, indeed! Just add fish, deer, birds, whales, snakes, and bats and you'll what it is like to be a wildlife veterinarian. Why would anyone want to be in the frozen mountains in winter and the steamy Chesapeake Bay Islands in heat of summer? To be outside, working with a wide variety of Maryland species, the great Maryland Department of National Resources biologists, and fellow veterinarians from all around the world is the best job anyone could experience. The speaker has taught wildlife diseases at the University of Maryland and also teaches aquatics in veterinary medicine via short courses. This lecture could be of interest to anyone attending the meeting, including technicians, researchers, and veterinarians.

Charles River Lecture 

This Special Topic Lecture is sponsored in part by Charles River Commitment to Humane Animal Research Through Excellence and Responsibility Program.

The 2018 speaker is Dr. Michael Mendl. His lecture is titled, "Assessing Laboratory Animal Wellbeing: The Study of Animal Affect."

The wellbeing or welfare of laboratory animals is a concern for all who work with them, as well as for wider society. For many people, this concern reflects an assumption that animals are capable of suffering; that is experiencing negative emotional or affective states – the animal equivalent of feelings that we label with words like "fear," "anxiety," "sadness," and "depression." In contrast, although we readily accept that plants can malfunction and be diseased, we rarely speak about their welfare because most of us do not believe that they are able to suffer. If affective states are the key determinant of animal wellbeing, then we need to be able to assess these states in order to monitor laboratory animal welfare and detect when welfare problems arise and how effectively they are ameliorated by refinements to housing and management. But this is a challenging enterprise. Although we can use language to communicate our own emotional feelings to each other, they remain essentially private subjective experiences, so how can we hope to assess the emotions of other non-linguistic species? In this talk, the following topics will be introduced: a scientific approach to the assessment of animal affect and an outline of the assumptions that need to be made; an operational definition of animal emotion that provides a grounding for experimental studies; and the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of an approach that we have developed and the work on laboratory rodents that has been done using this approach. The talk will end by briefly considering whether the affective states that we may infer in other species are consciously experienced. Although most methods for assessing animal affect sidestep this question, new developments in the cognitive and neurosciences may bring us closer to an answer. The targeted audience includes all AALAS attendees.

Nathan R. Brewer Lecture

This lecture pays tribute to the late Dr. Brewer, one of the founding fathers of AALAS and an enduring leader in the field of laboratory animal science. Typically, the recipient of the Nathan R. Brewer Award gives this lecture.