August Webinar


Make plans to attend the Thursday, August 16 webinar, Connecting Facility Design to Operations: Role of the Laboratory Animal Professional, from 12:00 PM -1:30 PM CT.

The role of laboratory animal professionals in animal facility design has changed over the past several decades. Initially, they needed to be amateur architects and engineers - the keepers of the knowledge base about what worked (and didn't work) for animal care operations, what was required to satisfy regulations and standards, and most importantly, what made vivaria different from the other component areas in a biomedical research building. Over time, the designers of biomedical research buildings became more knowledgeable about the idiosyncrasies of animal facility design, and some design firms developed teams specifically focused on our specialty niche. As a result, most new construction, and many renovation efforts, have planners, architects, and engineers who are intimately familiar with the special needs and best practices for research animal facilities. Laboratory animal professionals now have a new, more nuanced, role to inform the design team of current operations and to evaluate proposed changes associated with the facility design, including the marriage of technological advances into an effective animal research operation at their home institution. Knowledge of basic animal facility design principles is still essential, but awareness of the options available for management of a successful vivarium, while serving as an institutional steward of fiscal responsibility (both during design and construction and the post-occupancy operation), is now equally significant. Webinar participants will learn about these roles and responsibilities and possible ways to prepare for facility design efforts at one's home institution.

The presenter is Robert Dysko, DVM, DACLAM. Dr. Dysko, DVM, DACLAM is a long-time faculty member of the University of Michigan, where he is currently clinical professor in the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine. One of his primary roles at the University of Michigan was serving as a representative during a period of major growth for the university, which included construction of new state-of-the-art animal housing facilities at the Life Sciences Institute, the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science research Building, and the occupancy of the North Campus Research Complex.

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