Recent Articles

November 19, 2015 3:03 pm
Cheryl Pater, BS, RVT, RLATG, CMAR
When a piece of machinery breaks down inside an animal facility, we tend to just unplug it and put a piece of tape across or a handmade sign. But then someone who needs the equipment will rip off the tape and try and use it. It is very important that we make sure the machinery is safe from anyone using it until it is repaired. OSHA has a Lockout and Tagout Standard that has to be followed even by animal facilities.
November 19, 2015 2:40 pm
Cheryl Pater, B.S., RVT, RLATG, CMAR
One thing no one in the field can get away from is dealing with biohazardous waste in the vivarium and all the confusion it entails. It affects everyone involved in lab animal care: husbandry, vet services, investigators, staff, and others. So how do we keep everyone safe and sane at the same time?
November 18, 2015 4:56 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
According to several sources, millennials now comprise over 30% of the workforce. Coupled with the fact that by 2020 they will comprise 46% of all workers, it is apparent many are destined to become future supervisors, managers, and leaders. As the current working generation begins to retire, it is important to ensure that this next generation has the tools needed to assume leadership positions.
November 18, 2015 5:04 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
Motivating entry-level employees to perform at their highest capabilities is easy! Just offer them lucrative stock options, three day work weeks, and generous salaries. But if you can't offer those you need to find some other ways.
November 18, 2015 4:04 pm
Nancy Cottone, AIA, LEED AP
Most architects prefer a predictable project path, one typically featuring ground-up new construction with a blank canvas to work with and few unknowns to worry about. Yet this ideal scenario is becoming the exception as more institutions are consolidating into shared facilities, leasing space in developer-owned buildings, and updating current research buildings to stay current.
November 18, 2015 4:42 pm
Roger Van Andel and Bruce W. Kennedy
Today, our concern is that of minimizing the production of ammonia in animal holding environments and removing it quickly when it does appear. The challenges are still there, and it would seem that modern technology could help us in addressing this stinky problem.
November 18, 2015 3:30 pm
Jim McMahon
The University of Missouri School of Medicine research laboratory has acquired a unique and patented x-ray system employing a high-resolution micro-fluoroscopy technology that enables researchers to view the swallowing functions in mice while eating and drinking. This is the first time such real-time images have been viewed with x-ray technology.
November 18, 2015 2:44 pm
Noam Miller
I study how individual zebrafish cognition is influenced by being in a group. Recently we showed that fish in a group can combine individual and social information to choose an option that satisfies everyone.
November 18, 2015 2:30 pm
Helen Kelly and Vera Baumans
Discovering the enrichment care and needs of this aquatic research model.
November 12, 2015 3:56 pm
Adam Gallagher and Jeffrey Schoonmaker
Over the last several years, the Comparative Medicine group at Genzyme has developed and implemented various visual identification and labeling systems to effectively and clearly communicate requirements to animal care staff. Through the implementation of these systems, we have reduced inconsistencies, improved communication, and gained efficiencies in animal care and disease model management.
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