National Research Council – ILAR Roundtable: Performance Standards in the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
April 20-21, 2015

As anyone involved with care and use of research animals knows, designing and managing an effective program is a size-fits-all exercise.  Applying care and use guidelines requires interpretation, professional input, sound judgment, and a team approach, all of which are importance features of performance standards. The National Research Council’s ILAR Roundtable invites you to join this free workshop where experts from around the world will discuss established performance standards and how they might be improved to conform with today’s experimental environment.  We encourage you to take a brief survey to let us know what you’d like to learn at the workshop and to register today, as space is limited.


AALAS District 5 Meeting
May 13th – 15th, 2015

Location: Detroit, MI Hotel: Greektown Casino & Hotel  KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Pat Furlong

Pat Furlong is the Founding President and CEO of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the United States solely focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne). Their mission is to end Duchenne. They accelerate research, raise their voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community.Duchenne is the most common fatal, genetic childhood disorder, which affects approximately 1 out of every 3,500 boys each year worldwide. It currently has no cure.When doctors diagnosed her two sons, Christopher and Patrick, with Duchenne in 1984, Pat didn’t accept “there’s no hope and little help” as an answer. Pat immersed herself in Duchenne, working to understand the pathology of the disorder, the extent of research investment and the mechanisms for optimal care. Her sons lost their battle with Duchenne in their teenage years, but she continues to fight—in their honor and for all families affected by Duchenne.In 1994, Pat, together with other parents of young men with Duchenne, founded PPMD to change the course of Duchenne and, ultimately, to find a cure. Today, Pat continues to lead the organization and is considered one of the foremost authorities on Duchenne in the world.


CALAS/ACSAL 54th Annual Symposium & ICLAS General Assembly
May 30 – June 2, 2015

The 54th Annual Symposium will be held in Montréal, Quebec and will host the ICLAS General Assembly.   The Symposium takes place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Centre).  Discount accommodations are available at 3 nearby hotels.  Visit the Symposium Website  for details and/or sign up for email updates.

Registration is now open!  Click here to learn more….Register by April 10th to take advantage of Early Bird Discounts!  CALAM/ACMAL Members get CALAS member rates as an affiliate organization.

CALAM/ACMAL Sponsored events include:

Sunday, May 31

08:30 – 12:00 – Workshop: 306 – The 3Rs in Action: Practical Implementation in Research Settings

Sponsored by:  CALAM/ACMAL, NC3Rs, CCAC & ILAR

This workshop  is open to all Symposium attendees and will address: 3Rs beyond pain mitigation and humane endpoints, engaging scientists in the ethical review process, considerations for reviewing ethical acceptability of animal-based research, and much more. The workshop will involve several brief talks, applied problem-solving and case discussions in small groups, and then group discussion of solutions. The co-leaders for the Workshop will be Dr. Mark Prescott, NC3Rs and Dr. Gilly Griffin, of the CCAC. Fee: $75

13:00 – 15:00 – CALAM/ACMAL Annual General Meeting

Come get an update on Your association and celebrate with the winner of the Charles River Award.

Monday, June 1

12:00 – 14:00 CALAM/ACMAL Lunch with Guest Speaker Dr. Andrew Winterborne: Saving the Rainforest with a Stethoscope

Gunung Pulung National Park, west Kalimantan is home to 2,500 Orangutan’s, about 17% of the estimated population in Borneo and close to 10% of the world’s population. The habitat in Gunung Pulung over the last decade has been under threat from illegal logging and slash and burn agriculture. Health in Harmony, a US based NGO, in partnership with Alam Sehat Lesari (ASRI) in Indonesia, oversee a variety of projects that engage local communities in integrating high-quality, affordable health care with strategies to protect biodiversity and natural resources. One of the many programs developed is Goats for Widows. The Goats for Widows program provides goats to help improve the livelihoods of the area’s most disadvantaged households – specifically widows who are often raising families alone and have limited means of a steady income. Goats are a key element for a successful Sustainable Agriculture program, as their manure helps improve the quality of the soil, maintaining its quality to end the environmentally damaging practice of slash-and-burn agriculture. The talk will present my personal experiences in Borneo over the last 3 years working with the Goats for Widows program.

This luncheon is open to CALAM/ACMAL members and invited guests only.

14:00 – 17:00 – CALAM/ACMAL Panel & Roundtable Discussion:  Management to Improve Efficiency and Animal Welfare

Featuring guest speakers:
Steven Niemi, DVM, Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University
Sai Tummala DVM, MBA, DACLAM, Director, Comparative Medicine, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Sari Tuominiemi,  Manager, Training and Development, Charles River Canada   


Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention

July 7 to 10, 2016

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is looking for speakers from across Canada, the United States and abroad to be part of our 2016 Convention held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from July 7 to 10, 2016.  Click Here to learn more.



The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) advances the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals through certification of veterinary specialists, professional development, education and research. ACLAM also coordinates a mentoring program for veterinary students and veterinarians interested in entering the laboratory animal field, for laboratory animal practitioners interested in becoming board-certified, and for established lab animal practitioners who seek further career development.