Recent Articles

July 18, 2014 9:53 am
Donna Monroe and Matthew Roberts
The report just came back from the lab. The news isn’t good: The recent death is directly attributable to a known pathogen. This is going to mean days—if not weeks—of decontamination, overtime and (possibly) a black-eye to the facility’s reputation you've worked so hard to build. Let’s put this situation under the microscope and see what can be done to help your team. Welcome to CSI: Vivarium
July 16, 2014 8:12 am
Jeff Otto
Many enrichment devices currently being employed in vivariums are commonly found in a local pet store, however many other types of enrichment are provided from years of trial and error and the ability of caregivers to improvise. This article provides a basic summary of factors to consider when choosing what type(s) of enrichment to use in your vivarium.
July 15, 2014 8:30 am
All leaders are managers but not all managers are leaders. Both managers and true leaders get things done through others, but managers do so by virtue of their specific position within their organizations, while true leaders—regardless of their official rank—do so by inspiring others.
July 14, 2014 9:01 am
Tim Studt
Zebrafish have become a common research model for studying vertebrate development and gene function. First identified as a genetically tractable organism in the 1980s, the fish has a dedicated online database of genetic, genomic and developmental information, much of which is housed in the Zebrafish Information Network (ZFIN).
July 3, 2014 4:51 pm
Elizabeth Doughman
I want to take this opportunity to assure you that ALN understands what you do is important. Thanks to animal research, cancer survival rates have continued to rise, we know penicillin is safe to use, countless vaccines have been developed, and more. We’re here for you to help you continue to safely conduct your research in a humane fashion. We stand with you.
July 9, 2014 8:49 am
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
Everyone wants to be noticed, and to feel that their efforts are appreciated. This is especially important when that can lead to a new or better job or satisfy some other professional aspiration. What follows are some tips to raise your profile at work and in your chosen field of endeavor.
July 3, 2014 4:49 pm
Frank Lynch
For over 60 years, the ATA has been led by passionate members whose belief in the mission of the life science community, and specifically that of the animal care professional, is uncompromising. These industry giants are the architects of cutting edge technologies that have spurred a plethora of innovations that have helped to advance research and the humane care of the laboratory animal.
July 3, 2014 4:43 pm
Shanon D. Jones and Christopher Kiley, PE
By definition, alkaline hydrolysis is a chemical process where the reaction of elevated pH breaks down animal carcasses or cadavers into a liquid form. This process was first recorded in the 1800s by Amos Herbert. His original patent called for elevated temperatures, the addition of 5-10% potash (or other caustic) of the animal weight, and a form of agitation.
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.
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