Recent Articles

April 22, 2014 8:11 am
Information that is not well learned originally is not retained and internalized, so the focus of training needs to be getting the message “in.” To do this, multiple methods are necessary. Simply lecturing a group is not enough. Too much is lost based on our understanding of adult learning styles.
April 16, 2014 8:13 am
F.Claire Hankenson, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACLAM
For critical care of laboratory rodents, there is a scarcity of sources that provide comprehensive, feasible, and response-oriented information about clinical interventions specific to spontaneous and induced models of disease. Critical care monitoring for small rodent patients is notoriously challenging, complicated further by physiologic idiosyncracies and limitations on applicable treatments and interventions."
April 15, 2014 8:16 am
For the next few weeks, we'll present you with a list of commonly found “beastly” employees, with descriptions of their behavior and suggested strategies for coping with them. Billygoats respond to every idea with “it won’t work.” They always feel there’s nothing they can do, believe they have no power over their own lives. At group meetings they create a sense of helplessness.
April 9, 2014 6:06 pm
Sylvie Cloutier
Have you ever entered a rat breeding colony and seen dams lying down on their belly looking exhausted, with one or two pups on their back nipping at their fur, and the other pups rough-and-rumbling around? I did. That scene got me interested in finding the answer to the question “do rat moms need a break?”
April 9, 2014 6:04 pm
Frank Lynch
The Allied Trade Association (ATA) is an independent association of companies who sell products and services to the Laboratory Animal Research Companies and Facilities. These products and services are critical components necessary for quality animal research and encompass all aspects of research.
April 9, 2014 6:01 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
Modeling behavior has been mentioned in several past columns but has not been adequately explored in them. So what is it, and how does it reinforce and supplement training? Behavior modeling allows people to learn in a social setting, by observing and imitating behaviors.1 According to one source, “good examples of expected behavior in the workplace are best shown, not told.”2
April 9, 2014 5:59 pm
Vince Mcleod, CIH
This month the Safety Guys alert you to a potential significant radiation hazard present in the workplace. What do we mean by “UV?” UV is short for ultraviolet light. And many of us might remember from high school science class that UV represents a small band on the electromagnetic spectrum and that sunlight is our largest source of UV.
April 9, 2014 5:46 pm
Szczepan Baran, Elizabeth Johnson, Matthew Flegal, Marcel Perret-Gentil, and James Kehler
Scientists must strive to identify and limit or eliminate confounding factors within studies to make meaningful research conclusions. Failure to incorporate appropriate controls and account for confounders within a study undermines the validity of the conclusions and credibility of its authors.
April 9, 2014 5:43 pm
Alison Hopkins
Those working with animals within a laboratory environment face intense emotional demands on a day-to-day basis. Euthanasia particularly can be a source of guilt.22 It is recognized that particular stress is associated with jobs that require killing animals for reasons other than alleviating pain and suffering.
April 9, 2014 8:35 am
Maria M. Cariglia
Research institutions are large users of energy, construction materials, water, chemicals, and laboratory and vivarium equipment. Major universities and pharmaceutical companies across the globe implement procedures to ensure resource and energy efficiencies are practiced.
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