National Meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

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Sunday 15 October 2017 to Thursday 19 October 2017
Austin, Texas

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:

Refining the Use of Laboratory Rodents: New Approaches to Improve Animal Welfare and Scientific Outcomes
Wednesday, 8 am – 10:15 am, Room 18B

Talks included

  • 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.


Teaching Monkeys to Cooperate with Restraint: Using Positive Reinforcement Training and Temperament Testing Methods
Wednesday, 1 pm – 5 pm, Continued Thursday, 8 am – 12 pm, Room 10B

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


NC3Rs Booth, Exhibit Hall

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.