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Travel Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Program.  This program is intended to highlight the practice of laboratory animal medicine by providing support for veterinary students and laboratory animal medicine residents/trainees who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field to attend the National AALAS meeting.  The national meeting will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 30- November 3, 2016.  Nominations from the national ASLAP membership, including self-nominations, must be received by May 30th, 2016. Nomination packets must be submitted electronically to llbrignolo@ucdavis.edu. Nominees must be members of either their local student chapter or national ASLAP, a member of the student AVMA or national AVMA and be a veterinary student in good standing who is currently enrolled in a North American AVMA-accredited College or School of Veterinary Medicine or a post-graduate veterinarian currently completing an ACLAM recognized training program in laboratory animal medicine.  Incomplete or late applications will not be evaluated. Recipients must be a current veterinary student or resident/trainee at the time of the National AALAS conference and cannot have been previous recipients of the ASLAP AALAS Travel Award.

 Nomination packets must include:

  1. a current CV including nominee contact information
  2. an essay of up to 500 words describing the nominee’s interest in laboratory animal medicine, participation in activities related to laboratory animal medicine, and how attendance at the meeting will benefit their future career goals.  Applicants should include information on poster/presentation potential if applicable.
  3. a letter of support from the ASLAP veterinary school liaison or residency/training program director
  4. a detailed estimate of expenses not to exceed $1500 

Please see www.aslap.org/awards for complete details including eligibility requirements.

March Newsletter is here!

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Summer Fellowship in LAM

Check out the winners of the 2016 ASLAP Summer Fellowships, here.

Animal Research is Necessary

A recent article in The Hill written by Hollis Cline and Mar Sanchez outlines the importance of animal models in biomedical research.  In addition to being a neuroscientist with affiliations with Scripps, Emory and Yerkes,  Dr. Cline is President of the Society for Neuroscience and Chair of its Committee on Animals in Research.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/263922-animal-research-is-necessary

Planning to shop on Amazon?

How about donating to ASLAP Foundation at the same time!  How you ask?  Well it is easy. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com and select ASLAP Foundation as your charity of choice!

AVMA

In case you’ve missed the big announcement in July, 2015, the AVMA has re-branded itself.  The new AVMA focuses on “Our Passion. Our Profession” as it protects, promotes and advances the profession and advocates for its members.  Watch this short video to learn about these exciting changes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQcORR0ozXw

ASLAP, the AVMA and why we need each other.

Learn how ASLAP and AVMA work together to support the practice of laboratory animal medicine and why it is critical for all ASLAP members to maintain AVMA membership status, here

H.R.3136, the Enforcement Transparency ACT (ETA)

H.R.3136, the Enforcement Transparency ACT (ETA) is a newly introduced bill that would require the USDA to release the guidelines used in the formulation of any civil penalties for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.  This bill, sponsored by Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA), would require the USDA to post a table of penalty guidelines for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act on USDA.gov, making it available to the public. 

The USDA previously acknowledged creation of this table in a 2010 press release but has not released it to the public or Members of Congress.  Several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for the table from interested stakeholders were denied by USDA. USDA also refused to provide the information when requested by Members of the Senate and House.

While an overwhelming majority of the regulated community (researchers and veterinarians at colleges, universities, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals) has a strong record of compliance, they, and the public, have a right to know what penalties can be levied by USDA for non-compliance with the AWA. This right to know is the crux of open, transparent government, especially when the issuance of financial penalties could impact American competitiveness. If the general public can have knowledge of other penalties like littering, jaywalking, or speeding, the same should apply to laws enforced by USDA.

Publication of the table does not affect the deliberative process of USDA's enforcement of the AWA. The table is intended to be a simple guide to issue a specific dollar amount, where no debate or deliberation is required. USDA, at this point, would have already determined that an institution was not in compliance with the AWA. In fact, USDA claims in the May 2010 press release that the table is meant to serve as a deterrent to violating the AWA.  Knowledge of potential penalties could certainly serve as a deterrent and bring trust, clarity and understanding to USDA's enforcement actions.

USDA has denied the public access to these documents because it has said it allows the regulated community to weigh the estimated cost for violation of the AWA. This is an instant and unfair assumption that research institutions choose noncompliance. Seventy eight percent of USDA's inspections of animal research facilities result in no citations for items of noncompliance. Additionally, no research program, private or federal, has budget items designed specifically to address levied fines.

For these reasons, ASLAP urges a position of “active pursuit of passage” of H.R. 3136 by the AVMA, and asks that constituents kindly request their representatives to cosponsor and support the bill.

2014 Salary Survey is now here!

The 2014 Salary Survey is now available in the members-only section under the "Member News" heading.

The purpose of this economic survey is to assess the total annual professional income of laboratory animal veterinarians working in the United States, reflecting also the details and differences between types of employment, job specifics, and levels of experience and responsibility of professionals working in this field. It is repeated every three years under joint sponsorship of ACLAM and ASLAP. The results of this work have been used for a variety of purposes, including peer-comparisons of salary for recruitment and retention efforts by employers and for indirect indications of market place employment conditions of the laboratory animal veterinary medical specialty. 

Click here to see the 2014 Salary Survey

AVMA Wellness Website!

     As professional care providers, unfortunately many of us wait until we are emotionally fatigued before we turn inward to reflect and address our own care needs.   The stresses of workplace management and financial burdens, combined with placing the needs of clients and patients first, can lead quickly to burn out and/or compassion fatigue.  Unfortunately poor personal wellness is common in the veterinary profession and all too often support resources are not available or openly discussed.  

     This year the AVMA felt it was imperative to being having an open and honest conversation about personal and workplace wellness, as the devastating repercussions are indiscriminate in their impact.  The 2014-2015 AVMA Future Leaders class developed a comprehensive wellness website that begins with the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) assessment.  The ProQOL is a widely validated, self-scored assessment tool that measures the positive and negative effects of helping others and provides a point of introspection to focus on one’s own self-care needs.  Individuals are then directed to a comprehensive self-care tool kits with topics ranging from understanding our own vulnerabilities to stress management practices.  

     Take a moment to complete the self-assessment and explore the toolkit http://www.avma.org/wellness to begin your own wellness journey.

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.