Recent Articles

November 12, 2015 2:11 pm
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
These days, it can be hard to justify attending conferences. However, they can offer valuable learning experiences. The 2016 TurnKey Conference offers two can’t-miss days full of information on all aspects of building or renovating a laboratory animal facility. Here’s why the 2016 TurnKey Conference is a must-attend!
November 12, 2015 2:40 pm
Rebecca Spangenberg
Aseptic technique is one of the most difficult components to manage during a surgery, especially when a surgeon is performing a procedure without the help of a surgical assistant. These “Lone Surgeons” experience difficulties due to the fact that they must fulfill multiple roles while also maintaining aseptic technique throughout these procedures.
October 28, 2015 9:36 am
Lauren Donato and Bradley Fisher
To improve workplace safety, organizations must look beyond their existing protocols and systematic compliance of rules and regulations. To affect long-lasting change they must address the fundamental attitudes and behaviors that put employees at risk.
October 20, 2015 3:19 pm
Dana Weir, BS, CMAR, LATG
The University of Missouri has historically housed adult female rabbits in single housed, stainless steel, banked cages. Enrichment is provided via food enrichment, toys, and daily socialization. However, this enrichment fails to address the social nature of rabbits with others of their species, nor does the housing strategy meet the social housing requirement set forth by the Guide.
October 8, 2015 3:35 pm
Teresa Woodger
The Allied Trade Association (ATA) is an association of independent companies selling products and services to laboratory animal research companies and facilities. For 60 years, the ATA has represented the interest of commercial businesses at National AALAS meetings and, more recently, the LAMA-ATA meetings.
October 8, 2015 3:46 pm
Stacy Pritt, DVM, MBA, MS, CPIA
Risk characterization is the second component of risk assessment. The framework for risk characterization is relatively simple and remains the same know matter what industry or business and organization is in.
October 8, 2015 4:00 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
Glossophobia is a really big word for a very common problem-fear of public speaking. According to one source, it is the most common phobia. Anxiety reactions can be as minor as discomfort or can manifest as a full-blown panic attack. Many people avoid public speaking altogether as a protection mechanism. For a trainer, it is difficult to avoid speaking publically unless you work exclusively online.
October 8, 2015 4:09 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
Besides learning the technical skills needed to effectively manage others, would-be managers must come to understand the psychological affect that they, as managers, will have on their employees . . . and how that changed perception will affect them. They must come to accept that at a deep, visceral level, managers are not seen as normal human beings and therefore shouldn’t expect their employees to treat them as such.
October 8, 2015 3:22 pm
Dena Pellecchia
When you have an array of variable research operations to consider, how do you create a uniform mindset that is conducive to maintaining flawless animal care, welfare and ethics while respecting the autonomy of multiple different IACUCs or Animal Welfare Bodies (AWBs) in three different countries? You create a Global IACUC Council of course!
October 8, 2015 2:52 pm
Helen Kelly
Early excitement about Brachydanio rerio is now a full-blown global hum of research activity as the promise of this two inch-long fish is increasingly fulfilled in labs around the world. 
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