Recent Articles

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.                      
November 5, 2014 4:45 pm
George Kemper
To create the ideal vivarium environment—one that eliminates unsafe work practices, ensures maximum productivity, and fosters a people-friendly and caring atmosphere when working with animals—requires an understanding of the behaviors of the people who work in the vivarium. Designers who understand this premise and are involved in all phases of the OSHA strategies are invaluable partners in vivarium design.
November 4, 2014 8:36 am
DeEtta Jones
Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a manager? Being overburdened by the responsibility of having to figure out what others want and need of you is a familiar feeling shared among leaders. Fortunately, there is a “best practice” for obtaining just the kind of information needed to increase your leadership effectiveness — ask them what they want. 
October 31, 2014 8:18 am
Jeff Puleo, AIA, LEED AP and Greg Muth, AIA, LEED AP
When considering daily operational protocols, disaster plans weigh heavily on vivarium facility managers. Disaster plans commonly consider the obvious natural disasters including flood, earthquake, tornado/ hurricane, and fire. Even long term power outage factors into many facilities’ operational protocols.
October 29, 2014 8:56 am
Steve Feinstein
The key difference between sterilization and disinfection is level of bio-burden reduction. The lowest level of cleaning is sanitizing, following by disinfection, and then sterilization.                            
October 28, 2014 8:24 am
Tyler Kempf
You need your anaesthesia machine to be working correctly to induce safe and reliable sedation in animals, to eliminate the possibility of pain and suffering and to ensure the best results in your research. Leaks in the system can be harmful to the animals, who may not receive the levels of anaesthesia that you intended.
October 24, 2014 9:00 am
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
By definition, managers accomplish their goals by getting their workers to perform necessary tasks. Sure, the manager can just bark out orders. But in today's world—and workplace—where autonomy and respectful interactions are highly valued, that just won’t cut it. Managers must practice the gentle art of persuasion.
October 23, 2014 12:13 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 I don’t like my job reflects feelings of discontent rather than a clear picture of dissatisfaction, and a decision to leave would be premature. In the next few weeks, we'll cover common employee complaints and suggestions on how to address these issues. Up this week: frustration about lack of resources.
October 16, 2014 4:47 pm
Elizabeth Doughman
Given reports that Ebola has spread from the sick to health care professionals in Dallas, TX due to errors in containment procedure, I thought this would be a good time to review containment for animal research facilities. Biocontainment can be small (cage-sized) to large (room-sized), but no matter the size, is set up to prevent the escape of airborne biological hazards. Here are some factors to remember when thinking about containment.
October 17, 2014 8:10 am
Elizabeth Doughman
The use of cages and racks, and their associated accessories and cage wash equipment continue to be used in the majority of animal research facilities, according to a September 2014 survey conducted by ALN World. Ninety-five percent of respondents use cages in their facility, while 83% indicated that they use racks and 83% use cage and rack washers in their vivarium.
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