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2017 ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Program

The ASLAP Travel Award Program has been revised, so please read the nomination eligibility and application process below carefully.  Laboratory animal medicine residents/trainees are now eligible as well, so please consider nominating your deserving students/residents now!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 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 Austin, Texas October 15-19, 2017.  Nominations from the national ASLAP membership, including self-nominations, must be received by June 1, 2017. Nomination packets must be submitted electronically to tvemulapalli@cvm.tamu.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.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be members of the Student Chapter of ASLAP at their respective college or school or a current member of the national ASLAP organization. 
  2. Applicants must be a Student AVMA or AVMA member.
  3. Applicants must be in good standing with their College or School of Veterinary Medicine or affiliated residency institution.
  4. A student/resident may receive the award once.
  5. The following individuals are not eligible to receive an ASLAP Veterinary Student Award:
    1. Immediate family members  of current members of the ASLAP Veterinary Student Liaison Committee (VSLC)
    2. Immediate family members of current members of the ASLAP Board of Directors
    3. Substantial (greater than $500) contributors to the ASLAP Foundation, or immediate family members of substantial contributors.

Nomination packets must include:

  1. ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Nomination form (here)
  2. A current CV including contact information
  3. An essay of up to 500 words describing their 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.
  4. A letter of support from the liaison or residency/training program director
  5. A detailed estimate of expenses not to exceed $1,500

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2017 Charles River Laboratories Excellence in Refinement Award

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Charles River Laboratories Excellence in Refinement Award, sponsored by Charles River’s Commitment to Humane Animal Research Through Excellence and Responsibility (CHARTER) Program, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT). This award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and/or implementation of refinement alternatives. This award is based on the conviction that the humane care of laboratory animals is both a moral imperative and a scientific necessity. The Award will be presented at the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Seattle, Washington.

The Award includes $5,000 to further the recipient's scientific endeavors and complimentary registration and travel support to Seattle, WA.

Nominations should be sent by letter directly to jderita1@jhu.edu. In addition to a curriculum vitae with bibliography, please also provide in your cover letter a brief sketch of the nominee's professional background and a statement pertaining to the individual's qualifications for the award.

Submission of individuals should include the CV and a covering letter supporting your nomination of the potential recipient. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2017.

Charles River Short Course and Veterinary Student Scholarship

The Charles River CHARTER Program is proud to sponsor a limited number of scholarships for the annual Charles River Short Course on laboratory animal science.This popular educational opportunity fills up fast and often has a waiting list for openings; however, each year we save a few spots for veterinary students.

This year’s course will be held in Mashantucket, Connecticut, from June 12-15, 2017, and topics include infectious disease, animal facility management, and animal behavior and enrichment. The scholarships are available to incoming or outgoing Juniors only. Applications should include two references from faculty of the applicant’s school of
veterinary medicine and a one-page essay outlining why you would like to attend the short course.

Participants are eligible to receive CE credits, and scholarship winners receive a complimentary registration, five nights lodging at the hotel, and up to $500 for travel expenses. Please visit www.criver.com/sc-scholarships for applications.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO:
Dr. Marilyn Brown, Vice President | Charles River CHARTER Program
251 Ballardvale Street | Wilmington, MA 01887 | marilyn.brown@crl.com
Applications must be received by April 1, 2017.

Winners will be notified by May 1, 2017

 31th Annual Charles River Short Course on Laboratory Animal Science.
June 12-15, 2017. Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, CT

Achieving professional growth comes from continual goal setting, nurturing of networks and expanding one’s knowledge base to remain ahead of an ever shifting industry. From in-depth and thought provoking lectures presented by industry experts to peer networking opportunities, the Short Course is the ideal setting for laboratory animal science professionals looking to invest in their careers.

shortcourse.criver.com 

Contact: lisa.antolick@crl.com

AVMA Launches Clinical Studies Database

The AVMA has recently developed and launched a searchable database available that can be searched by anyone interested in determining if opportunities exist to help their pet, or to contribute to background knowledge, with respect to certain diseases.   Several years ago, the AVMA Council on Research made the recommendation for this undertaking to the AVMA Executive Board.  After a great deal of effort by many, the database has come to fruition and investigators can post requests for animal study participants, while animal owners and veterinarians can search for opportunities to participate in studies.  The database includes randomized clinical trials, as well as, prospective clinical studies and survey and epidemiological studies.  Previously, the Veterinary Cancer Society ran a database, Veterinary Cancer Trials; however, those studies have now all been transferred to the AVMA Clinical Studies Database which will include studies related to potentially any clinical disease affecting animals, including cancer.  This new database tool will significantly elevate veterinary clinical trials and, ultimately, the advancement of veterinary medicine.

To learn more click here

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

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

2014 Salary Survey is 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.