Are you going to the 2017 National AALAS Meeting? Make sure you check out the following events organized specifically for you! These are open to all technicians in the field.
Attending your first National Meeting can be an overwhelming experience, considering the multitude of activities going on. Don’t worry—support is available to help you make the most of your experience. Join AALAS leadership and staff for the Orientation Session for new members, International attendees, and first timers on Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. You’ll receive tips on how to plan your week and get the chance to meet other new members and first-timers. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get all your questions answered about AALAS programs, educational opportunities, and National Meeting event schedules. We hope to see all newbies there!
Starting Sunday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m., CTAD will pass out exam packets at the Technician Fun Fair Booth.
The Fun Fair will be held Monday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Exams must be turned in by 11 a.m. on Wednesday to be eligible for prizes.
Scores will be posted at the Technician Fun Fair booth on Wednesday, October 18. Prizes will be awarded and photos will be taken around 2:00 p.m.
Monday, October 16 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
This is an excellent way to enjoy a complimentary lunch and hear educational talks on lab animal science. Seats are limited so preregister soon, but reservation can only be taken after you have registered for the National Meeting. Reserve your spot today by contacting Nancy Dorcy ( email@example.com).
Speaker: Paula Clifford, MLA, CVT, RLATG
Are you excited by the care innovations that your program has made and want to share them with friends and family? Or do you want to help improve the impression that some have about animal research? Nothing is more effective in influencing attitudes than one-on-one advocacy! This Lunch and Learn will explore what you can do as a research advocate, offer tools and resources to get you started, and help you find your best fit with a local or national advocacy organization.Through mock scenarios and practice using current advocacy materials, we’ll help you build skills to talk about the importance of your work with animals in research and to inspire others to learn about medical advances. Together, we’ll develop action items to help you apply what you have learned through involvement in one of many outreach opportunities.
This lecture pays tribute to the late Dr. Hunter, a former AALAS president and an enduring leader in the field of laboratory animal science. Dr. Hunter was known for his dedication to continuing education for laboratory animal technicians.
Monday, October 16, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Ballroom D.
Living among Bats:
This lecture will cover the many benefits of bats to our environment,
as well as the threats that bats face, both old and new. This is a topic
that bat conservationists and scientists are working hard to address.
Bats are vital to our ecosystems. Seventy percent of bat
species worldwide eat insects, providing beneficial insect pest control
services. Many species can eat 75% of their body weight in insects every
night. Research in recent years has shown that bats save the
agriculture industry across the U.S. a minimum of $3.7 billion every
year, both in crop damage averted and the need for fewer pesticides. The
targeted audience is anyone attending the conference. This Special Topic Lecture is sponsored in part by Committee for Technician Awareness and Development (CTAD).
The 2017 SEAALAS Tech Talks contained an amazing group of speakers!
1st place winner Kristy Calderon
2nd place winners Madison Prestipino, Diego Herrera-Rios, and Katherine Cummings
3rd place winner Imani Barnes.
Are you thinking about certification? If not, why not? Certification is a goal that allows a technician to easily display the knowledge about the field that they've gained. AALAS Certification proves that you have the will to reach a goal and helps provide job mobility to technicians looking to further their careers. In general, a certified technician is going to be considered over non certified technicians for jobs and promotions.
SEAALAS recognizes technicians who achieve certification within the past year at the annual awards banquet, but the real recognition is in how much farther a certification will take you. Certifications can get you raises or bonuses in some institutions, and may be required for moving up in others.
Many of our SEAALAS institutions will not only pay for your certification exam, they will also provide you access to the AALAS learning library, which is one of the best tools for preparing for any of the certification exams. If you have access and haven't logged on, what are you waiting for? The ALL provides you a very similar experience, in that the exams on the ALL are all electronic multiple choice. The questions are also the most up to date material.
Certifications available to technicians include:
Hey SEAALAS Techs!
How many of you are on social media? While SEAALAS doesn’t have a social media presence, there are a number of other organizations that do! Some of the organizations you might want to add to your facebook feed are listed below.
Homes for Animal Heroes
Homes for Animal Heroes (HAH) is a national program dedicated to rehoming retired research animals, mainly dogs, and sharing the facts about the critical role animals in research play in curing disease. HAH is building a network of dog experts that can effectively work with research institutions to rehome retired research dogs in every state across the country, one location at a time. Our goal is to permanently rehome these animal heroes into loving homes through a comprehensive foster-based program.
Understanding Animal Research
This page regularly shares a weekly roundup of animal based research results called “This week in animal research” The features have pictures and link to the Understanding Animal Research page that links to each of the six studies featured. It’s easy to share these to your own feed to help your FB friends know what discoveries animal research has lead to.
The Foundation for Biomedical Research
This is the facebook page for the well known advocacy group. They regularly share items related to animal research that can help keep you in the know about what’s happening in biomedical research.
P.S. The bresearch.org page has quick share buttons on every feature, allowing you to share their features to any of your various social media platforms!
Our parent organization is on facebook! Their page feed has news about deadlines and changes going on at AALAS and occasional features on services and products AALAS offers.
The AALAS Foundation
The AALAS Foundation is very active on facebook, hosting part of the Share that you Care campaign on facebook and regularly posting updates on ways to work on outreach.