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Request for Applications for the 2014 Summer Fellowship program
The Board of Directors of the ASLAP Foundation would like to announce the availability of the Request for Application (RFA) for the 2014 Summer Fellowship program. The ASLAP Foundation is incorporated in the State of Illinois and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide awards and scholarships to veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in the practice of laboratory animal medicine. The ASLAP Foundation summer fellowship program is intended to provide the student with a 10-12 week concentrated exposure to the practice of laboratory animal medicine that combines both didactic and experiential training. The emphasis of the training is expected to be focused in the areas of clinical laboratory animal medicine and program/facility management. The fellowship program will provide up to $5,000 to support the summer student. The deadline for submitting applications is September 27, 2013. For more information on the program see the ASLAP Foundation.
Aquatics in Research: The Ultimate Wet Lab for Veterinarians
ASLAP will be hosting a 2013 CE Event at this year’s AALAS National Convention in Baltimore on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 12:30 – 5:30 PM titled "Aquatics in Research: The Ultimate Wet Lab for Veterinarians"
ASLAP Networking Event to be held immediately afterwards at a nearby attraction
Online registration will open July 1, but keep on the lookout for additional details as we get closer to the AALAS National Meeting.
Charles River Prize
We are excited to announce a new collaboration between AALAS and Charles River’s CHARTER Program. For thirty-five years Charles River has proudly sponsored the Charles River Prize in recognition of outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine in the US. Beginning in 2013, Charles River is expanding the reach of the Charles River Prize to include our international colleagues and is transferring the presentation of the award to the AALAS Awards Ceremony. This international forum, at the premier laboratory animal science organization’s Annual Meeting, provides the perfect audience for this special recognition of exceptional achievement in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine.
Nominations are currently being sought for the CR Prize; the deadline for submission is May 15, 2013.
- Nominees should be a veterinarian who has had significant, consistent contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine.
- The recipient need not be a member of any specific professional organization but should be active in a laboratory animal science or medicine professional organization.
- The recipient must be either a member of AALAS or an AALAS recognized affiliate organization. In the case of recipients that are not currently AALAS members (as might be the case if the recipient resides outside of North America) Charles River will fund their individual membership dues for 2 years.
- The recipient may be a resident of any country.
Criteria considered include but are not limited to:
- Publications and presentations in the field of laboratory animal science, medicine, welfare, or ethics
- Teaching and training activities which foster the highest standards of animal care and use
- Public outreach supporting biomedical research
- Involvement in public policy enhancing biomedical research
- Involvement in development of recognized guidelines, standards and other activities enhancing the use of animals in biomedical research
If you would like to nominate one of your colleagues, please send the nomination to Dr. Marilyn Brown, Vice President CHARTER Program, Charles River, 251 Ballardvale Street, Wilmington, MA 01887
Each nomination should contain the following supporting information:
- Name, mailing address, college and year of graduation
- Nature of professional activity (type of salaried work)
- Organization membership (professional and scientific)
- Honors or awards
- Bibliography (attach reprints if possible)
- Brief sketch on nominees professional background
- Statement pertaining to his/her qualifications for the award
Photos needed for new ASLAP Booth Banner
Do you have some great images of some of the different laboratory animal species that you work with each day? If so, we would love to feature them on the banners for the ASLAP booth that travels around the country. Each year at various conferences and symposia ASLAP has a presence in the form of a booth or table. The current banners with pictures of lab animals is getting pretty old and beat up, so it is time to make a new one. If you are a shutterbug and have some images that you would like featured on the banner we would love to hear from you.
Instructions: Please email your images to Dr. Lisa Halliday (firstname.lastname@example.org) at your earliest convenience. We would like to them to be the highest resolution version of the image that you have. The deadline to submit the images is February 15th, 2013. If you have the images now, don’t wait, send them on!
Summer Fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine
The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners with several funding partners is supporting 10-16 week Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine.
Are you interested in clinical veterinary medicine and research? Do you want to work with a variety of non-traditional species? Are you curious about cutting edge science that defines the human and animal biomedical fields? If you are, then LABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE is the career for you, we can help you explore, AND pay you to do so! Activities in these programs will include practice of clinical medicine in a research environment, pathology of laboratory animals, surgery, animal colony management, working closely with laboratory animal veterinarians and residents, participation in journal clubs, seminars and management teams, regulatory oversight of animals used in research, laboratory animal medicine research and a number of other exciting endeavors.
Program structures, activities, fellow numbers and application requirements vary so you can surely find a program that fits your goals. Please review the program web sites or contact directors for more information. Participating programs and their sponsorships are:
|Program Location||Director Contact||Application Deadline|
|Colorado State University||Dr. Lon Kendall||February 13, 2013|
|Emory University||Dr. Deborah Mook||February 13, 2013|
|Indiana University||Dr. Debra Hickman||February 13, 2013|
|The Ohio State University||Dr. Judy Hickman-Davis||February 13, 2013|
|The Univ. of Illinois-Chicago||Dr. Lisa Halliday||February 13, 2013|
|The University of Michigan||Dr. Jean Nemzek-Hamlin||February 13, 2013|
|The University of Missouri||Dr. Craig Franklin||February 13, 2013|
Applications are due February 13; applicants will have until March 15 to interview with programs; offers may be made at any time during this period and applicants may accept or decline at any time, but applicants will not be required to accept offers until March 18. For more information on the fellowship click here.
Seeking Alternate on the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee
We are looking for an individual who would be interested in serving as an alternate on the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee (AWC). As alternate on the Committee, you will work with the ASLAP representative to the Committee, Dr. Wendy Underwood. The Committee is charged to:
- Seek information pertaining to animal welfare issues from groups internal and external to the AVMA;
- Clearly identify and evaluate animal welfare issues to determine those important to the AVMA;
- Prioritize activities (e.g., agenda items) to be accomplished for each Committee meeting;
- Study prioritized issues and, as necessary, recommend relevant AVMA action;
- Actively communicate, through committee members, with organization(s) that are represented;
- Send members as necessary, to engage in discussion, promote AVMA policy, and report on developments at appropriate national and international meetings and other venues; and,
- Conduct visits as necessary, to gather information in order to make informed decisions regarding specific animal welfare concerns and to draft relevant policy.
It is expected that an alternate committee member keep their schedule free at the times of the AWC meetings so that they can serve in place of the committee member, even on relatively short notice. Meetings are held at the AVMA headquarters in Schaumberg, IL. From time to time, AWC members must engage ASLAP and the larger laboratory animal community in order to gather feedback for the AWC. It is imperative that the AWC Alternate and Member actively communicate AWV activities to the ASLAP Board.
If you are interested in being considered for this role, please send your CV and a completed nomination form to Stacy Pritt (email@example.com) and me (Lynn.Keller@bms.com) by January 31, 2013.
The ASLAP Excellence in Lab Animal Medicine Award
Guidelines for Nominations
This award was created to honor members in good standing of ASLAP and the AVMA for scientific contributions to the fields of laboratory animal medicine and/or comparative medicine. The award is intended to honor individuals who have made significant and repeated scientific and/or clinical contributions to the field. The scientific and/or clinical contributions may be of significance to refinement or development of technical procedures within laboratory animal medicine which have resulted in contributions to animal welfare, animal husbandry, animal health, or development of animal models. Likewise, broad, significant contributions in terms of clinical care in support of biomedical research will be considered. Studies which have used laboratory animals and have resulted in significant contributions to human and/or animal health, either through basic or applied research, are also applicable. While the award is not intended to be for recognition of administrative accomplishments alone, contributions to the service functions of ASLAP and other professional organizations will also be evaluated.
Nominations should be submitted by February 10, 2013. For more information regarding guidelines and nomination process please click here.
Awards will be presented at the meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in August of the same year. The awardee will receive a plaque and an honorarium.
ASLAP Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP)
The ASLAP Veterinary Student Liaison Committee (VSLC) is seeking nominations of veterinary students for the Society’s annual Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP).
The Veterinary Student Award Program provides awards (a certificate, one year’s membership in ASLAP and a cash sum of $300). There is one award to be given at each AVMA accredited veterinary school. Twenty-seven awards were given this year.
The VSAP is intended to increase awareness of the practice of laboratory animal medicine by recognizing students who have demonstrated significant interest and potential in the field. Awards will be presented at each school during their awards program or another suitable public event involving a large proportion of the student body.
Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from any current national ASLAP member and should be accompanied by a brief statement from the member that explains why the student should be recognized.
Please note that students that wish to nominate themselves or another student must be members of the national ASLAP organization. Nominations must be received by January 18, 2013 and must include contact information (including email) for the nominee.
Nominees will be asked to submit a current CV and an essay of up to 500 words describing their participation in activities related to laboratory animal medicine and how these activities have influenced their interests and career goals. Information will be evaluated by the Veterinary Student Liaison Committee.
Please send nominations to Laurie Brignolo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, all nominations must be received by January 18, 2013.
Please support and encourage a veterinary student you know who is interested in laboratory animal medicine by nominating them for this award.
ASLAP veterinarian selected as AVMA Future Leader
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 6, 2012 – Dr. William Allen Hill, a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of 10 veterinarians selected to participate in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Future Leaders Program.
This year-long program, created by the AVMA and supported by Pfizer Animal Health, will help develop leadership skills in the selected group of volunteer leaders for the future of the AVMA and other veterinary groups. This is the second class of 10 Future Leaders involved in the program. They were selected from approximately 60 AVMA member nominees who had graduated from veterinary school within the last 15 years.
“I’m very excited to be a member of the 2012-2013 AVMA Future Leaders class. I believe the program will hone my leadership talents and skills to more effectively serve AVMA and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP),” Dr. Hill says. “In 2010, I participated in the AVMA Leadership Conference as an Emerging Leader representing ASLAP. I envision that the Future Leaders Program will build upon the skillset I acquired as an Emerging Leader, and I view both programs as preparation for servant leadership.”
Dr. Hill, a native of Pollocksville, N.C. and laboratory animal veterinarian, currently serves the University of Tennessee as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, assistant director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Care, and director of the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Diversity. Dr. Hill is also a diplomate of the American Collage of Laboratory Animal Medicine. After graduation, he served a three-year residency in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
The year-long Future Leaders Program will start at the AVMA Convention in San Diego, Calif. August 3-7. This select group will have the opportunity to work with a professional facilitator Dr. Ken Andrews of High Impact Facilitation to receive project management and leadership training. Over the year they will collaborate on a project to provide the AVMA with solutions to help increase the leadership skills develop valuable resources for of veterinarians nationwide to use. The final results of their efforts will be presented during the AVMA Convention in Chicago, July 19-23, 2013.
“The hardest part of picking each class over the past two years has been narrowing down the list of nominees to just 10 participants, because of the qualifications, diverse interests and energy of all the outstanding nominees,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the AVMA. “Many of these Future Leaders are already leaders, having accepted leadership roles at the state and local levels, so we’re excited by not only by what we can teach them but how much they’ll be able to teach us. The inaugural class of Future Leaders has been inspiring and accomplished so much, so I expect a lot from the second class.”
The first class of Future Leaders focused on creating a web-based Future Leader Toolkit that uses videos, instructional tools, media materials and other information and instruments that AVMA members can use to improve their leadership skills on the job or within the profession.
For more information on the AVMA’s Future Leaders Program, or to arrange interviews with Dr. Hill or any of the participants, contact Tom McPheron at 847-285-6781 or at email@example.com.
Request for Application (RFA) for the 2013 Summer Fellowship program
The Board of Directors of the ASLAP Foundation would like to announce the availability of the Request for Application (RFA) for the 2013 Summer Fellowship program. The Application, Review Criteria, and checklist can be found here the ASLAP Foundation page of the ASLAP website. The ASLAP Foundation is incorporated in the State of Illinois and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide awards and scholarships to veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in the practice of laboratory animal medicine. The ASLAP Foundation summer fellowship program is intended to provide the student with a 10-12 week concentrated exposure to the practice of laboratory animal medicine that combines both didactic and experiential training. The fellowship program will provide up to $5,000 to support the summer student. The deadline for submitting applications is September 28, 2012, with awards made by November 9, 2012. For questions concerning the fellowship program contact Sally Westlake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011 ACLAM/ASLAP salary survey is now available.
The survey is now available in the "Member News" section.
ASLAP Veterinary Student Travel Award Program
Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 ASLAP Veterinary Student AALAS Travel Award Program. This program is intended to increase awareness of the practice of laboratory animal medicine by assisting students who have demonstrated interest in the field to attend the annual AALAS national meeting. This program is open to any member of an ASLAP student chapter in good standing with their veterinary college in North America and the Caribbean. Previous travel award winners are ineligible. Nominations from the national ASLAP membership, including self-nominations, must be received by June 1, 2012. Nomination packets must be submitted electronically to email@example.com. Complete packets must include contact information, a current CV, an essay of up to 500 words describing the nominee’s interest in LAM, participation in activities related to LAM, how these activities have influenced their interest, and their career goals, a letter of support from the liaison, and an estimate of expenses. Incomplete packets will not be evaluated.
June 2012 Newsletter Available
Click here to read the latest news from ASLAP. We hope you enjoy the new format!
Renewing your membership
Need to renew your membership? Simply click on the “sign in” button in the upper right hand corner of this page, and click on the "pay dues now" link. Follow the prompts to renew your membership online. Have questions or need help, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Login Information Has Changed
With the change to the new website system, your old ASLAP login info will no longer work. Your access credentials are now exactly the same ones that you use for the AALAS and ACLAM websites. If you cannot remember your AALAS login information or if you don't have an AALAS or ACLAM membership, please email email@example.com and we will assist you.
26th Annual Charles River Short Course on Laboratory Animal Science
The Charles River Short Course on Laboratory Animal Science puts you on the right track, whether you need continuing education credits, a head start in preparing for the ACLAM boards or planning your career path in lab animal science. This year, we will feature over 10 new topics, 21 CECs, optional workshops, a tour of Charles River and an opportunity to see the sights in Boston, MA or Maine.
- June 18-21, 2012
- Marriott Hotel, Newton MA
- Registration at www.criver.com/shortcourse2012
ASLAP Excellence in Research Award
ASLAP is currently accepting nominations for ASLAP's Excellence in Research Award. This award was created to honor members in good standing of ASLAP and the AVMA for scientific contributions to the fields of laboratory animal medicine and/or comparative medicine. The award is intended to honor individuals who have made significant and repeated scientific contributions to the field. If you'd like to submit a nomination, please review the Guidelines for Nominations.
ASLAP is now on Facebook and LinkedIn
ASLAP members can now visit ASLAP Facebook and LinkedIn. On each service you can find ASLAP groups listed under the full name of the organization, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners. Each site is private and access is allowed only by permission.
To visit either our Facebook or LinkedIn site, follow the links above to the respective sites and follow the instructions on the page to request access. Since the sites are private, membership in Facebook or LinkedIn is required. Once your membership in ASLAP has been confirmed, you will be granted access. If you participate in these services, we would very much appreciate your leaving comments and suggestions at each site.
AVMA Strategic Planning Goals for 2012
The AVMA has published the draft Strategic Planning Goals for 2012. These goals were developed as a result of input received from AVMA members during environmental scanning.
The preliminary draft strategic goals are:
- Promote Animal Welfare
- Transform Veterinary Medical Education
- Strengthen Veterinary Practice Profitability and Financial Well-being
- Enhance Veterinary Medical Workforce
- Advance Science and Discovery
- Advocate Oversight of Veterinary Medical Procedures
AVMA members will have the opportunity to provide online feedback to the Strategic Planning Task Force. We encourage all ASLAP members who are AVMA members to review the goals and send suggested changes to the Task Force via the online tool.
U.S. Certificate Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine
Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment in the U.S. Certificate Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine. This academic program of study provides continuing education and applied training for licensed U.S. veterinarians working in the field of Laboratory Animal Medicine.