Recent Articles

July 8, 2014 8:25 am
Employee involvement in all aspects of a safety and health program benefits both the employees and management. The front line employees have experienced and seen issues and problems that might not otherwise be recognized by management. It also serves as a bridge of understanding for actions taken by the employer in terms of heath and safety.
July 1, 2014 8:13 am
Kim Seeling Smith
Like a workplace Neapolitan ice cream, employees typically come in three distinct “flavors”: your Critical People, the Squeaky Wheels and the Fat Middle. When you recognize the “flavor” of the individual employee, and prioritize your time accordingly, you position them for the highest potential for success—for themselves and for the company.
June 27, 2014 4:50 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.
June 25, 2014 8:26 am
Frank Razzaboni
In 1996, I made the transition from the world of laboratory science to the business side of laboratory animal science. One of my first projects was to assist a university investigator in a task unrelated to this article. However while at the customer site, I observed light/dark cycle experiments being performed in an adjacent laboratory and was intrigued at the device the investigator had fabricated.
June 24, 2014 10:35 am
Information is the lifeblood for proper decision making. Equally important to collection of information is its subsequent management.                                                   
June 23, 2014 1:42 pm
Vicki Lanphier
The most important criteria to consider when selecting an automated watering system is how capable it will be at delivering quality drinking water that is free of variables that could otherwise compromise the research outcomes of the investigators. The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals states, “animals should have access to potable, uncontaminated drinking water according to their particular requirements.”
June 18, 2014 8:31 am
Dan Rothen, DVM, Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS, and Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
The field of biomedical research has been using mice and rodents as the bulk of their animal populations for decades, with the first transgenic mouse having been created in 1980. When the mouse genome was first sequenced and published in 2002, it allowed for an explosion of mouse research related to genetic manipulation and the creation of transgenic lines of animals.
June 17, 2014 11:43 am
Richard J. Bryan
Your business doesn’t run itself. The quality of your organization depends on the quality of your team—a motivated, energized staff is the key to companywide success. You want A Players, those colleagues who contribute disproportionately to the advancement and profitability of the organization.
June 16, 2014 8:17 am
Doug Kumph and Timothy Shukr
This article summarizes the process by which two vivarium facilities for a world-leading institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts were verified by the commissioning agent to be functioning properly as part of an ongoing effort to maintain accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
June 13, 2014 8:19 am
The TurnKey Awards were presented to the 2014 winners at the TurnKey Conference on May 13th in National Harbor, MD. The awards, given by ALN Magazine, ALN World, and sponsored by Innovive and Allentown Inc., are in recognition of excellence in two categories: leadership and facility design.
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