ASLAP Seeking New Editor for the Laboratory Animal Practitioner
Are you interested in taking on the editorial responsibilities for the ASLAP Newsletter? The newsletter is one of the cornerstones of communication for the ASLAP community and has many opportunities to grow its content and educational value. The AALAS Office is instrumental in putting the newsletter today, allowing the editor to focus on content. If you would like to take on the challenge, contact ASLAP President Suzanne Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org)and let her know your interest. If you have any questions about what it entails, contact Deb Hickman (email@example.com).
Request for Information (RFI) released by the NIH
Please see the Request for Information (RFI) released by the NIH below. Please note that the deadline for comments is March 2, 2015.
The National Institutes of Health released a request for information (RFI) regarding the FY 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan for the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP): Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) and Division of Construction and Instruments Programs (DCI). This RFI seeks feedback on the scope of the programs within DCM and DCI and possible future directions to maximize benefits of animal model research. Below are links to the RFI:
NOT-OD-15-055: “FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs: Office of Science Education/Science Education Partnership Award
NOT-OD-15-056: “FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs: Division of Comparative Medicine and Division of Construction and Instruments Programs.”
DCM oversees the National Primate Research Centers; Nonhuman Primate Research Reagents; Rodent Resources, such as the mutant mouse regional resource centers and the knockout mouse phenotyping program; Drosophila Genomics Resource Center; Xenopus Resource Center; among many others. DCM also sponsors individual and institutional research training, education programs, and early career development programs for scientists with a veterinary degree. One of DCI's missions is to support improvements of laboratory infrastructure (i.e., the G20 grant mechanism that allows for improvements of institutional animal resources.).
NIH is requesting our perspective on any of the following topics with the aim of directing the major objectives of ORIP for the next five years:
Disease Models, Informational Resources, and Other Resources
- Disease models, informational resources and other resources that should be modified or expanded in parallel with ongoing advances in biomedical research.
- Emerging topics and technologies relating to animal resources and/or husbandry, disease models, informational resources, and other resources that should be targeted by DCM/ORIP program areas, workshops, and conferences
- Emphasis and prioritization that should be given to the following major topics which have traditionally been covered by DCM/ORIP:
- Fundamental biology of animal model systems, including but not limited to, genetics, physiology, behavior and interaction with the environment, with the intent of comparison with analogous disease-related systems in humans.
- Development and characterization of genetically-modified and natural animal models for human biology and disease in response to the well-defined biomedical needs.
- Methods and tools for identifying, developing, screening and preserving animal models.
- Reproductive and genome modification projects to improve methods for producing genetically-modified animals and preserving biological materials, including germplasm and stem cells.
- Development of new experimental and bioinformatics methods for mapping functional association networks in model organisms, such as physical protein interaction networks, signaling pathways and gene regulatory networks affected in human disease conditions.
- Complementary approaches to use of animal models such as simulations of physiological and pathophysiological processes.
- Challenges and opportunities that should be considered for research training and career development programs targeting biomedical researchers who are pursuing or already have a veterinary degree, including integration of veterinary scientists into the biomedical research enterprise.
- New technologies and specialized animal care equipment the DCI G20 Program should target; comments can include programs to strengthen the rigor of research protocols and enhance reproducibility of experimental results;
- Program structures to achieve efficiency and maximize the benefit of its limited funds in improving well-being of animals and easing their maintenance, in the context of your biomedical research needs.
Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine
The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners with several funding partners is supporting 10-12 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! To learn more click here.
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.
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. Nomination forms can be found here (pdf, word doc). Completed nomination forms should be accompanied by the student’s CV and an essay written by the student 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.
Please note that students that wish to nominate themselves or another student must be members of the national ASLAP organization. Nomination forms including essays and CVs must be received by January 31, 2015.
Please send nominations to Laurie Brignolo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, all nominations must be complete and received by January 31st, 2015.
Please support and encourage a veterinary student you know who is interested in laboratory animal medicine by nominating them for this award.
The 2015 Charles River Prize for Laboratory Animal Science
Charles River is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 38th annual Charles River Prize. This award will be presented in Phoenix, AZ at the 66th American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting, November 1-5, 2015. The Charles River Prize, consisting of a suitably-inscribed plaque , 2-year membership to AALAS, and a check, will be awarded. The Charles River Prize recognizes a veterinarian for his/her outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine.
The nominee should be a veterinarian who has had significant, consistent contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine. The nominee need not be a member of any specific professional organization but should be active in a laboratory animal science or medicine professional organization. The nominee may be a resident of any country.
Please forward your nominations to Dr. Marilyn Brown by email at email@example.com or by mail at Charles River, 251 Ballardvale Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.
Nominations should be received no later than May 15, 2015 for processing.
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
Brief sketch on nominees professional background
Statement pertaining to his/her qualifications for the award
Up to three letters of support for the nomination
December newsletter now online!
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Instructions for Participating in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) are now available for 2015.
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The 2011 ACLAM/ASLAP salary survey is now available.
The survey is now available in the "Member News" section.
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.
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.