Recent Articles

July 24, 2015 8:47 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
During the panel on the Future of the Vivarium at the 2015 TurnKey Conference, one of the panelists had a great thought that really caught my ear. “We think a lot about animal enrichment and welfare, which is great, but I think in the future, we’ll think more about enrichment for people.”
July 30, 2015 9:19 am
Helen Kelly
It is not surprising to find that in an animal research laboratory, first-line caretakers can be ambushed and even overcome by feelings of sadness, loss and grief such that they become disappointed, dejected, disillusioned, exhausted, or burned out.
July 30, 2015 3:58 pm
Helen Kelly
Professor Jeremy Nicholson, a Professor of Biological Chemistry, Head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer, at Imperial College London, says that accurately measuring the biological origins of disease begins with the microbiome rather than with the genome.
July 17, 2015 3:38 pm
Teresa Woodger
The ATA membership represents a true cross section of suppliers to the laboratory animal science and related research fields. Collectively we continue to develop, manufacture and create products and services contributing to animal welfare, the latest regulatory requirements, and significant refinement in research procedures.
July 17, 2015 3:47 pm
Kevin Lorcheim
The use of ultraviolet light (UV) for germicidal irradiation is not a new idea. UV has been used for disinfection since the mid-20th century, with beginnings even earlier when sunlight was investigated for bactericidal effects in the mid-19th century. Within research facilities, UV has been an option when purchasing Biological Safety Cabinets for years, and can also be used within ductwork.
July 17, 2015 3:56 pm
Stacy Pritt, DVM, MBA, MS, CPIA
You may not realize it, but your institution’s institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) evaluates risk all of the time. What is this risk? People use the term risk, especially as it applies to organizations, in many different ways. For most businesses, risk relates to the financial gains or losses that are expected consequences from a certain action or event.
July 17, 2015 2:21 pm
Amy F. Kilpatrick, RLATg, CVT CPIA, Misty J. Williams-Fritze, DVM, MS, DACLAM, and Alison Hayward, DVM
According to the Guide and Animal Welfare Act Regulations, a diet must be provided that is palatable, uncontaminated, and meets the nutritional needs of the research animals.Modifying diets involves meeting the requirements of the study as well as the needs of the animal. Swine are a common animal model used in gastrointestinal research due to their anatomical and physiological similarities to humans.
July 9, 2015 3:46 pm
Gabriela Fuentes-Creollo and Nina Hahn
There are many reports relating to frequency of bedding change, however, there is no published information supporting the biological rationale for weekly cleaning of the solid cage itself. Decreasing the frequency of cage-washing could have considerable impact on labor, energy, and water-use efficiency in a rodent facility.
July 9, 2015 5:00 pm
Carey Nichols, RLATg and Danielle Stephens, RLATg
Northwestern University, like many other institutions, has quarantine processes in place to protect our established rodent colonies and ensure the health of incoming animals. So what makes Northwestern’s quarantine health monitoring program unique? We have modified our program over several years’ time to meet the needs of unconditioned, wild-caught rodents, specifically Ictidomys tridecemlineatus, the thirteen-lined ground squirrel.
July 9, 2015 11:48 am
Covert abuse is hard to deal with. When someone hits you or yells at you, you know you're being abused. But covert abuse is subtle and veiled or disguised by actions that appear to be normal; at times, even kind and caring. The passive-aggressive employee is a master of covert abuse.
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