Recent Articles

May 24, 2016 12:36 pm
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
The TurnKey Awards were presented to the 2016 winners at the TurnKey Conference on May 24th at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD (Washington, DC). The awards, given by ALN Magazine are in recognition of excellence in two categories: teamwork and facility design.
May 10, 2016 4:08 pm
Cheryl Pater, BS, RVT, RLATG, CMAR
As we use more and more disposable needles, butterfly catheters, sutures with needles attached, scalpel blades, and catheter stylets, we run into a problem. How can we dispose of them without hurting ourselves or allow others to be hurt? Worse yet, how do we keep them out of the hands of thieves who would use them inappropriately on themselves and others?
May 10, 2016 9:32 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
ALN spoke with John Sancenito, the president and co-owner of Information Network Assocates, Inc., an international investigative and corporate consulting firm. John is a member of the distinguished faculty speaking at the 2016 TurnKey Conference, which will be held May 24-25 in Oxon City, MD (Washington DC). Registration is currently open - click here for more information:
May 5, 2016 9:22 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
ALN spoke with Temeri Wilder-Kodi, DVM, DACLAM, the current President of NCAB AALAS and the Faculty Veterinarian for the CW Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the NIH. Temeri is one of the two distinguished keynotes presenting at the 2016 TurnKey Conference, which will be held May 24-25 in Oxon City, MD (Washington DC).
May 4, 2016 5:11 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
There is a prejudicial idea that creativity belongs to the arts and sciences and is definitely not at home in the workplace. Business and organizational managers are often viewed with a jaundiced eye, with merely managing or supervising others seen as the realm of unimaginative, rather dull people.. WRONG!
May 4, 2016 4:29 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
Delegation is a word that makes many managers nervous, and with some good reason. Delegation involves considerable effort and time, often with a side order of frustration. However, delegation can be an effective training tool.
May 4, 2016 4:04 pm
Cheryl Pater, BS, RVT, RLATG, CMAR
Cage wash areas are a cause for concern for a variety of reasons. Some are obvious; the area will be wet and slippery. Some are regulatory; such as the OSHA confined space requirements. Some can be ergonomic; employees will be bending and lifting for hours and hours.
May 4, 2016 3:09 pm
Allen Rathey
Since the term “vivarium” in Latin literally means “place of life”—it follows to use greener, non-hazardous measures wherever possible when cleaning and disinfecting to protect life and eliminate any potential confounding variables that may influence research outcomes or impact the health of the staff or vivarium.
May 4, 2016 2:09 pm
Sherly Michel, Sabina Hlavaty, and Dr. LaTesa Hughes
During outbreaks at our facility, we noticed that our rat cages and their water bottles have become so cloudy after cleaning that the animals could no longer be seen through the cage, making daily health checks difficult and rendering cages unusable.
May 4, 2016 2:47 pm
Wendy O. Williams, DVM, DACLAM, David Mooneyhan, and Christine Peterson
Our overall goal was to create an economical and effective curriculum that addresses the early stages of surgical training, using exercises that encourage practice of surgical instrument selection and handling; while also focusing on developing the dexterity that is essential to good surgical technique.
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