Recent Articles

October 2, 2014 9:46 am
Alesia Latson
Disappointment is inevitable for leaders. At times your people will disappoint you, and there will also be instances where you disappoint others. So the fact that disappointment occurs isn’t the challenge. The real issue to address is how you respond to the disappointment.
September 26, 2014 8:19 am
Josh Faehner
Deciding what kind of animal bedding to use in your facility is an important but often overlooked consideration that plays a large role in the welfare of your animals. Bedding is one of the few items with which your animal is always in constant contact. The bedding you choose is where your animals will sleep, play, and spend the majority of their lives.
September 24, 2014 9:01 am
Christian Lawrence
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) model system has come a long way in the nearly 40 years that have passed since the late George Streisinger and his team at the University of Oregon first embarked on their historic quest to use the diminutive tropical minnow to help unravel the genetic mysteries of early neural development.
September 22, 2014 8:16 am
Vince Mcleod, CIH
I am one of the Safety Guys. I was not at work. I was at home. A few months back I purchased a couple gallons of muriatic acid to clean up some floor tile after a poor grouting job. I used up one and set the other jug at the side of the house away from pets and people.
August 28, 2014 5:50 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
As a manager your job is to get things done through others. Your effectiveness therefore depends on your ability to communicate to those “others”—your employees. To be a good communicator, obey these rules! This is one of the hardest skills for managers to practice. Being friendly means letting your employees know that you care about them—not just as the workers on whom you depend, but as human beings.
August 28, 2014 5:59 pm
Frank Lynch
Election Time for the ATA, ATA Sponsors Men and Women in Uniform at AALAS National Meeting, ATA Representative Selected for LAMA/ATA Annual Meeting                   
August 28, 2014 5:46 pm
Daniel J. Ferguson
Calculating appropriate dilutions and doses for mouse injectable analgesics and anesthetics can be an intricate and time-consuming process. Determining the correct amount to administer to a mouse is dependent on several variables including animal weight, acceptable injection volume, and simultaneous administration of multiple drug agents.
September 3, 2014 9:58 am
Alison D. Pohl, Ron G. Wallace, Roberta Romeo, and James Watras
At our institution, UConn Health in Farmington, CT, Principal Investigators (PIs) had been requesting an online method of submitting protocols for a number of years. We therefore examined the advantages and disadvantages of an online system (Table 1).
August 28, 2014 6:01 pm
Elizabeth Doughman
The upcoming TurnKey Conference, held May 7–8, 2015, in beautiful San Diego, CA, will focus on innovation. What does that mean? Wikipedia defines innovation as “finding a better way of doing something.” As always, the TurnKey Conference will be two days of information that’s absolutely essential for anyone building, renovating, or operating a laboratory animal facility.
August 28, 2014 5:34 pm
Christie Ferrecchia, DVM and Roger Van Andel, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM
The University of California, Berkeley recently switched bedding types. This switch was made to facilitate the transition from static to individually ventilated caging across campus. Over the next four months, various laboratory personnel and animal care technicians began to report that hooded rats and dark mice had gradually developed lighter coats.
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