Recent Articles

November 24, 2014 10:50 am
Heather DePietro, LVT, RLATg, Diana Medina, LVT, RLATg, and Gordon Roble, DVM, DACLAM
While blood draws are critical to monitoring biosecurity or mouse health, they induce stress in mice that can be seen through facial expressions and behavioral patterns. Previous studies have shown that certain bleeding techniques, such as sampling from the tail vein or using blood-sucking bugs, reduce stress. The recently developed dried blood spot (DBS) analysis method may further reduce stress, regardless of sampling technique.
November 21, 2014 9:05 am
Anna Tuśnio, Marcin Barszcz, Marcin Taciak, & Barbara Pastuszewska
The use of specific pathogen free (SPF) laboratory animals in biomedical research increases demand for sterilized feeds for breeding and maintenance purposes. In many breeding units autoclave sterilization of commercial diets is preferentially employed. This relatively inexpensive and convenient method comprises heat, pressure, and steam treatment of pelleted feeds.
November 19, 2014 12:11 pm
Robert L. Harris, Robert S. Moore, and Richard P. Martin
For over a decade, animal care guidelines have emphasized the need for continuous, electronic monitoring of vivariums and related facilities.1 To meet this need, many products offer continuous monitoring and reporting of environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, airflow, and light levels. Unfortunately, these can be costly to install and operate, which is beyond the resources of many facilities.
November 17, 2014 9:37 am
Stacy Pritt
While not required by any regulation, policy, or guidance document, the concept of Institutional Animal Care and Use Protocol (IACUC) pre-review is well-established and put to work at many institutions. Pre-review therefore becomes an institutional process that is tailored to achieve the goals of each IACUC.
November 11, 2014 12:21 pm
When someone says I don’t like my job, there’s little hope of retaining that employee, right? Not necessarily, there’s a fair chance that 1) I don’t like my job reflects feelings of discontent rather than a clear picture of dissatisfaction, and 2) a decision to leave would be premature. For some, a lack of cohesion with co-workers or bosses can be particularly frustrating. Here's how to address that complaint.
November 10, 2014 9:52 am
Nicole Desmarais and Sally Finch
Shipping mice from our facility, the Oregon Health and Science University Department of Comparative Medicine, was a complicated team effort, involving confusing forms, a cumbersome packing procedure, and no consistent system to identify which mice needed to be sent. The new process improves communication, animal identification, efficiency, and increases our flexibility to meet special identification requests when needed.
November 7, 2014 8:53 am
Jerald Silverman, DVM; Mark A. Suckow, DVM; and Sreekant Murthy, Ph.D
Since the publication of the first (2000) and second (2006) editions of this book there have been a number of revisions to those federal laws, regulations, and policies that affect IACUCs. In some cases these changes have simply reflected common, best practices of IACUCs, while others have directed IACUCs to implement new practices.
November 6, 2014 3:11 pm
Elizabeth Doughman
ALN recently asked readers when theri vivarium was last renovated. Click through to see the results.                         
November 6, 2014 2:55 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
Want your employees to be motivated? Feel good about their work? Become committed, productive, and conscientious? To develop a workforce with these qualities your employees must feel valued. The most significant factor that contributes to an employee’s sense of value is knowing that he and his supervisor can talk straight with each other.
November 5, 2014 4:59 pm
Frank Lynch
The prestigious Floyd Poling and Robert O. Boyington Lifetime Achievement Awards have been given to two worthy ATA members.                      
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