Southeastern Branch (SEAALAS) of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is one of the five branches that make up AALAS District 4. SEAALAS is dedicated to advancing the humane care and use of laboratory animals for the benefit of human and animal health through education, training and professional development.
The AALAS National Conference in Baltimore was everything I expected it to be and more. I am so thankful that I was given the Travel Award. I learned so many new things from attending the presentations, a workshop on vivarium design, and by walking through all of the posters. I also talked to the vendors in the exhibit hall, and was impressed by all of the new products available. My goal was to learn more about what the field of laboratory animal science has to offer, and I think I did more than just that. The conference increased my passion by showing me all of the possibilities the field has to offer, and I am proud to be a part of it. I enjoyed meeting others and seeing the passion they have for their work.
In the future I hope to make a large impact on others and encourage them to join, or support, laboratory animal science. We do great things every day for an even greater purpose. The Travel Award gave me the opportunity to be a better Animal Technician, and for that I am truly grateful.