The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals. NC3Rs staff and grant holders were in attendance this year, presenting their work.
The NC3Rs' activities at this year's meeting included:
- A seminar on improving rodent welfare
- Co-sponsoring a workshop on the use of positive reinforcement training (PRT) to teach monkeys to cooperate with various restraint procedures
- A booth (#420) in the Exhibition hall
- 8:05 Dr Sara E Wells: Automated Monitoring of Mouse Behaviour in Social Home Cage Groups: What Happens When You Are Not Looking?
- 8:35 Professor Jane Hurst Optimizing Reliability of Mouse Performance in Behavioural Testing: The Major Role of Non- Aversive Handling
- 9:05 Professor Michael Emerson A New Mouse Model of Pulmonary Embolism: Major Refinement and Improved Clinical Relevance
- 9:35 Dr Mark J Prescott Opportunities for Improving Animal Welfare in Rodent Models of Epilepsy and Seizures
For more information on this workshop, see page 49 of the event program.
This workshop included instruction on using positive reinforcement training (PRT) to teach monkeys to cooperate with various restraint procedures, as well providing information about using temperament testing to assist in the selection of subjects and planning for their training. Participants learned approaches to training laboratory primates to cooperate with restraint for sample collection, administration and chair restraint.
For more information on this workshop, see pages 53 and 57 of the event program
Throughout the event, the NC3Rs also had a booth (#420) at the trade exhibition, showcasing NC3Rs activities and sharing free copies of some of our 3Rs resources, such as grimace scale and mouse handling posters. The NC3Rs also participated in this year’s Technician’s Fun Fair.
Further information about the 68th AALAS meeting can be found on the event website.