Recent Articles

March 27, 2015 9:30 am
Anastasia Schimmel, BS, RVT, RLATG and Renée Hlavka BS, RVT, RLATG
In recent years, more and more institutions have recognized the importance of environmental enrichment and behavioral management as part of the daily care for animals in research. Providing toys, activities, and socialization can have a significant impact on the quality of life for these animals.
March 25, 2015 3:34 pm
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
ALN recently asked subscribers about the current status of their vivarium. Over 50% indicated that their vivarium was in need of updating. Click here to see the rest of the results.
March 25, 2015 10:02 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
Enrichment is important for all animals. It can add more stimulation to their environment, increase social interaction, reduce aggressive behavior, and encourage instinctive behavior, all of which result in a less stressful environment for laboratory animals.
March 24, 2015 8:24 am
Barriers to getting the message across could pop up at every stage of the process and have the potential to create misunderstanding and confusion. Good managers can overcome these barriers with clear, concise, accurate, well-planned communications. Here are brief descriptions of each part of the communication process, problems that could arise there and suggestions for overcoming them.
March 23, 2015 8:18 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Iiris Kasanen, a Site Services Supervisor and Designated Veterinarian at Charles River Research and Discovery Services in Kuopio, Finland. Managing a diverse staff has really shaped her thinking. She told ALN, "My goal is to get things moving in a smooth, organized manner and to make my team feel proud of the good work they’re doing."
March 20, 2015 9:30 am
Gladys Unger, Ph.D.
As acoustical and vibration consultants, we are occasionally called upon to make measurements inside animal facilities. In some cases, the institution's interest is in protecting their animals from additional noise and vibration due to construction in, or adjacent to, the facility. In other cases, the institutions are interested in evaluating a new or renovated space that may hold animals.
March 17, 2015 8:29 am
Even though most lab managers recognize the importance of communication, they continue to struggle with it and often have a hard time getting their thoughts across quickly and accurately. This is a problem that jeopardizes their ability to do their jobs effectively, and stands as a major obstacle in the way of their career progress.
March 16, 2015 9:35 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Sherry H. Gibbs, a Laboratory Animal Technician at Wake Forest University Health Services in Lexington, NC. She is responsible for animal care, inclding cleaning, disinfecting, feeding, and monitoring animal activity and well-being.
March 12, 2015 2:44 pm
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
The majority of respondents to an October 2014 ALN survey indicated that they were planning on seeking some sort of green certification for any upcoming renovations. Click here to see the rest of the results.
March 11, 2015 11:57 am
Mark Compo
Cleaning and sanitization of the vivarium requires the use of multiple chemical compounds. Whenever you’re working with these types of products wearing the appropriate PPE is not only required through OSHA, it just makes good common sense as well. PPE provides the cleaning technician the best protection needed against inadvertent chemical contact or in some situations, inhalation of the hazardous compounds being applied.
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