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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 email@example.com. 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ASLAP Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP)
The ASLAP Veterinary Student Liaison Committee (VSLC) is seeking nominations of senior veterinary students for the Society’s 2017 Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP).
The Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP) provides awards (a plaque, one year’s membership in ASLAP and a copy of the 3rd edition of the ACLAM Laboratory Animal Medicine textbook, and a monetary award of $300). There will be a total of five awards presented.
The VSAP is intended to increase awareness of the practice of laboratory animal medicine by recognizing current senior veterinary 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. Past winners of the VSAP Award are not eligible.
Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from any current national ASLAP member. 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 senior 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, 2017.
Please support and encourage a senior veterinary student you know who is interested in laboratory animal medicine by nominating them for this award.
2017 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! 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 can be viewed here.
Application deadline is February 10th.
The 2017 Charles River Prize for Laboratory Animal Science
Charles River is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 40th annual Charles River Prize. This award will be presented in Austin, TX, at the 68th American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting, October 15-19, 2017.
The Charles River Prize, consisting of a suitably inscribed plaque and a $2,500 honorarium, is awarded to a veterinarian in recognition of 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 must be either a member of AALAS or an AALAS-recognized affiliate organization (a list of AALAS affiliates are listed at www.aalas.org). The nominee may be a resident of any country.
Please notify Dr. Marilyn Brown of your intention to nominate one of your colleagues for the Charles River Prize no later than March 1 at email@example.com.
- If more than one person wishes to nominate a single nominee, Dr. Brown will notify the parties to encourage them to work together to submit a single nomination packet.
The completed nomination packet must be received no later than April
- Please send the nomination packet via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Each nomination should be accompanied by the following supporting information:
1. Name, mailing address, college and year of graduation
2. Nature of professional activity (type of salaried work)
3. Organization membership (professional and scientific)
4. Honors or awards
6. Brief sketch on nominee’s professional background
7. Statement pertaining to his/her qualifications for the award
8. Up to three letters of support for the nomination
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.
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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.
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.