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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the February 2016 issue, A Word from OLAW and USDA responds to the topic "Should refinement ‘mess with success’?" Download the column here: Lab Animal 2016; 45(02). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Anne Smogur-Saldívar joined the Division of Policy and Education as a Program Specialist in November 2015. Ms. Smogur-Saldívar has experience in the design and implementation of human rights-based trainings, monitoring and evaluation, research, data analysis, and policy recommendations. She was appointed through the NIH Recent Graduates Pathways Program after obtaining a Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management from the Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University, where her studies were funded in part by a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer scholarship. Before serving in Jordan from 2010-2012, Ms. Smogur-Saldívar spent nearly a decade in public health fieldwork and advocacy, primarily with marginalized groups experiencing homelessness and most-at-risk populations living with HIV. Ms. Smogur-Saldívar is excited to join OLAW’s work on development, implementation, and evaluation of health research policy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The 3rd Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held March 17-18, 2016, in Davis, CA at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. This symposium will bring together experts in animal behavior and welfare to address common issues in trying to achieve the mandate for social housing for social species. The agenda includes talks and breakout sessions on both days so that participants have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and special issues they are facing at their own institutions with the experts and their peers. See details, agenda and registration information. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD, for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience
The next workshop is March 9-10, 2016 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “When reducing numbers might increase pain” in the January 2016 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2016; 45(01). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

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