Recent Articles

December 19, 2014 9:18 am
Mark Compo
Welcome to the Cleaning Corner, a new online-only column for www.alnmag.com that answers questions about your sanitation stumpers and cleaning conundrums. This question answered by this column is about using determining what kind and the frequency of disinfectants that should be used in pig rooms.
December 18, 2014 2:19 pm
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
Standardization in the vivarium is of the utmost importance. In a November 2014 survey, ALN World asked respondents to share what their facility does to limit variables during research studies. Uniformity—from housing to animals to data collection equipment—was continually stressed throughout the answers.
December 15, 2014 3:28 pm
Deb Benner
Bedding selection is an important part of animal care, but selection can be confusing, due to the variety of materials available. Bedding selection does not always get the attention it merits, and an understanding of the available options allows managers to better identify the best type of bedding for their specific situation.
December 15, 2014 11:10 am
Helen Kelly and Vera Baumans
A common side effect of the sedative-hypnotic sleep aid zolpidem is impairment the day after. Rarer side effects include sleep-eating, sleep-killing with weapons or while driving, sleep texting, sleep-sex activity and sleep-shopping, yet in general recall nothing of the events.
December 15, 2014 11:52 am
Vera Baumans and Helen Kelly
Against a background of welfare questions and ethical concerns regarding methods used to alter an animal's genotype and incidence of painful chance deformities that recombination tends to produce—and in line with questions about the success of translation from animal models to clinical trials—professionals in all facets of biomedical research are considering ways to reduce the number of animals discarded unused.
December 15, 2014 1:46 pm
Anthony James, Alper Alsan and Helen Kelly
The news arrives: you've been offered a position abroad. Whether that's for your current employer or a new one, and wherever you are in the world, it's exciting. New ideas, new foods, new views. And, it's challenging, as inevitably you meet behaviours, habits and practices that take you by surprise and decidedly lack charm.
December 12, 2014 12:38 pm
Stacy Pritt and Paula Clifford
This column marks the first in a series called "Up and Running." Various topics will be highlighted throughout the upcoming year, focusing on tips and strategies for facility operations. For this issue, I, along with Paula Clifford, provide a philosophical and historical discussion on training while recognizing the 20th anniversary of LAWTE, an organization that has supported trainers in laboratory animal science since its inception. Enjoy.
December 10, 2014 8:19 am
Ann Marie Dinkel
Training programs fail for a number of reasons. Some fail quickly, in their infancy. Others just fade into the sunset, and no one notices. What follows are some common training mistakes, in no particular order. Addressing these issues will make the next training session more interesting, useful, and productive.
December 8, 2014 8:43 am
Elizabeth Doughman
Welcome to Tales from the Lab. This feature will profile researchers working in laboratory animal science throughout the world. In this issue, we go to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to profile Jorge Martin Brahamian, a Laboratory Animal Technician at Fundacion Infant.
December 3, 2014 8:42 am
Michele S Chelone, Christie E Ferrecchia, Mary L Weldele, and Roger A Van Andel
The University of California, Berkeley (UCB), has maintained a captive colony of spotted hyenas since 1985. Given their intelligence and social structure, husbandry and enrichment present unique challenges for the animal care program.   
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