The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), International has generously promised to support two ICLAS Veterinary Scholarships, one in 2015 and one in 2016. The support is given in honor of the late Dr. Harry Rozmiarek, who was ICLAS Secretary General at the time of his sudden and unexpected death in June of 2013. Dr. Rozmiarek was a laboratory animal veterinarian who cared greatly about education in laboratory animal science and medicine. During his long and distinguished career, he took on many leadership positions in national and international organizations that promote the humane treatment of animals in science including AAALAC, AALAS, ACLAM, and ICLAS. To honor and to continue the work that meant so much to him, the AAALAC, International Harry Rozmiarek Memorial Award will allow access to training for veterinarians from parts of the globe in which training in laboratory animal science and medicine is unavailable or difficult to obtain. ICLAS is extremely grateful to AAALAC for supporting the scholarship program, and for memorializing Harry Rozmiarek in this most fitting manner.
Dr. Marina Snitcofsky, a laboratory animal veterinarian from Argentina, is the first recipient of an ICLAS Veterinary Scholarship. Dr. Snitcofsky will apply the financial support from ICLAS to her tuition in a Masters of Laboratory Animal Science program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Spain. Her interests and research work have been in the area of neuroscience and animal welfare. However, she found herself increasingly taking on responsibility for oversight of animal husbandry and production, training and supervising animal care personnel, and advising researchers on experimental design, sample size calculation, and animal research techniques. In addition, her university is planning a new research facility, and she was asked to assist with developing the new animal care and use program. Although she has attended workshops and meetings in the field, she felt the need to complete a training program that would provide her specific understanding of laboratory animal science and medicine, to carry out her increased responsibilities. However she could not find a local source for the necessary training. She chose the master’s degree program in Barcelona, because it fit her needs, and as a plus the coursework is offered in Spanish. As neither she nor her home research institute had the resources to pay for her participation, she applied to the ICLAS Veterinary Scholarship Program for support. Upon completion of the program, Dr. Snitcofsky says she is particularly interested in teaching and training others at her own institution, as well as conducting workshops, courses, and conferences with the national laboratory animal science association (ACCyTAL) of Argentina.
The European Regional Committee (ERC) of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) is glad to inform that thanks to the funding provided by sponsors (Altromin, Charles River, Janvier Labs., SAFE, SDS and Tecniplast), new awards will be given in 2015. For more information on the program and access the application form please visit here.
Fellowships can be awarded at three levels:– technician level (at least one per year) – animal facility manager/animal welfare officer/veterinarian level (at least one per year) – animal user scientist level (at least one per year).
ICLAS is partner at next LAS BioConference Live
ICLAS will be again a non-profit partner at the next LAS BioConference Live to be held next 4-5 February 2015.
Information and registration available at: http://new.labroots.com/virtual-event/id/2
This is the premier online-only conference focused on laboratory animal science. The theme of this conference is Laboratory Animal Science in the 21st century; animal welfare and reduction of confounding factors in preclinical research with the following tracks:
- Training and competency assessment
- Biosafety and Biosecurity
During the past FELASA Board meeting held on 16 november in St. Petersburg (Russia), Drs. Patri Vergara and Jan-Bas Prins, Presidents of ICLAS and FELASA respectively signed an agreement to establish a permanent Liaison Body to explore and develop activities of mutual interest that may benefit the global progress in any area of laboratory animal science. See picture.
The meeting co-organized by Rus-LASA and the European Regional Committee of ICLAS on 17-18 November in St. Petersburg (Russia) was a complete success. About 170 delegates participated in the meeting, with speakers from different countries across Europe. It was the largest ever meeting held in Russia. Rus-LASA has joined now FELASA as a full member.
ICLAS is soliciting nominations for two awards to be presented at the General Assembly in association with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS/ACSAL) Symposium, May 30-June 2, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. Nominations must be received by January 15, 2015. Any individual, association, or institution may nominate an individual for an award. See details here.
With the short name of GENReference Program, ICLAS is launching this genetic monitoring program to enable research institutions worldwide (program participants) to check whether the specific strains of research animals they have developed are genetically sound and truly representative of their assumed genotype. Your opinion is important, please complete this survey.
ICLAS has launched a new Scholarship Program to enable veterinarians who live in areas without access to training and who lack the necessary funds to complete specified recoginzed training programs around the world. The program is sponsored by AAALAC International, AALAS, ACLAM, CALAS (Canada), ECLAM and IACLAM. All information available here.
After the successful experience in 2013, the deadline for the 2014 European Fellowship Program is coming soon (1-March). Laboraotry Animal Professionals are encouraged to apply (http://iclas.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ICLAS-fellowship-Call1.pdf). You could be awarded with funding to stay some time at one of the host institutions.
“The quality of the experimental biomodels and its impact on biomedical research”
This conference aims to bring together scientists and technicians in the area of animal experimentation of the Americas, Europe and Asia with leading issues related to quality aspects of experimental biomodels used in preclinical research.
For information, visit www.iv-recr.ucr.ac.cr
An ICLAS General Assembly will be held in the evening of July 21, prior to the start of the scientific meeting.