Laboratory Animal Science Associations

Membership

In terms of membership, laboratory animal science associations consist of professionals whose work is related to laboratory animals, i.e., scientists, veterinarians, animal technicians, educators, etc. Although there are some exceptions, members are normally from the geographical area where the association is based. Some associations, such as AALAS or LASA, also have an international membership.

Aims

The aims shared by most laboratory animal science associations are:

♦ To promote a better and more rational use of laboratory animals, following the ethical principles of the 3Rs

♦ To provide training and education in laboratory animal science and welfare

♦ To advance the knowledge, skills, and status of those who care for and use laboratory animals

♦ To promote informed public discussion regarding the use of animals in research

♦ To inform scientists about the appropriate use and care of animals in research

LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE ORGANIZATIONS BY REGIONS OF THE WORLD Europe

Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations: FELASA

Background

FELASA is composed of independent European national and regional laboratory animal associations, and was established by them in 1978. It is currently composed of 12 European associations and represents laboratory animal scientists and technologists in at least 20 European countries. FELASA is managed solely by representatives of its constituent associations.

Aims

♦ To represent common interests of constituent associations in the furtherance of all aspects of laboratory animal science by coordinating the development of education, animal welfare, health monitoring, and other aspects of laboratory animal science in Europe by such means as meetings, study groups, and publications

♦ To act as a focus for the exchange of information on laboratory animal science among European states

♦ To establish and maintain appropriate links with international and national bodies, as well as with other organizations concerned with laboratory animal science

♦ To promote the recognition and consultation of FELASA as the specialist federation in laboratory animal science and welfare throughout Europe

Programs

Within Europe, FELASA sees as its role not only to respond rapidly to European Union and Council of Europe developments, but also to guide the thinking of these bodies by offering them timely and authoritative advice. Within the purpose of establishing a common European standard for laboratory animals, FELASA supports education and training programs inside Europe.

FELASA has published recommendations on education and training for persons responsible for the welfare of laboratory animals, for persons responsible for the design and conduct of studies involving animals, and for specialists in laboratory animal science. It has published several recommendations for the health monitoring of breeding and experimental units, for the detection, relief, and control of any pain or suffering in them, and a guidance paper for the accreditation of laboratory animal diagnostic laboratories. It has also recently approved guidance for accreditation of education and training programs.

Meetings

A FELASA international scientific meeting is organized every three years by each of the constituent organizations in turn. Proposals for more frequent meetings are currently under discussion.

Publications

FELASA's recommendations and guidelines are published on FELASA's Web site, www.felasa.org, and in Laboratory Animals (www.lal.org.uk), the official journal of FELASA, LASA, GV-SOLAS, NVP, SGV, and SECAL. Laboratory Animals is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly, and is a leading publication in the field of laboratory animal science.

FELASA Constituent Associations

Association Française des Sciences et Techniques de l'Animal de Laboratoire: AFSTAL (French Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences and Techniques)

Background

It was known until 1999 as the Société Française d'Expérimentacion Animale (SFEA). Membership

AFSTAL has over 500 members, including scientists, veterinarians, laboratory and animal technicians, specialists in laboratory animal science, breeders, and suppliers.

Meetings

Two annual meetings are held, including a scientific meeting and a one-day technical meeting. Publications

Journal Sciences et Tecnhniques de l'Animal de Laboratoire, STAL. Address

28, Rue Saint Dominique, 75007, Paris. E-mail: [email protected]

Associazione Italiana per Scienze degli Animale da Laboratorio: AISAL (Italian Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences)

Aims

AISAL has mainly focused on organizing scientific meetings and on educational activities for various professionals.

Membership

AISAL has over 150 members, including scientists, graduate students, and technicians who perform scientific work or teach, as well as some institutions related to AISAL's interests.

Meetings

An annual symposium is organized in autumn in conjunction with the general assembly of AISAL.

Publications

These include teaching texts, three books in Italian, and national guidelines on Educational Programs in Laboratory Animal Science and Health and Safety in Animal Experimentation. The AISAL News is a quarterly booklet including information and news on AISAL programs and activities, as well as on national and international events and publications.

Address

Website: www.aisal.org

Baltic Laboratory Animal Science Association: Balt-LASA

Background

Balt-LASA serves scientists and specialists in three Baltic countries — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — whose professional activities are connected with the breeding, research, and use of laboratory animals.

Membership

There are 75 members, mostly from the Baltic countries, but also from other Nordic countries, as well as from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Programs

Balt-LASA is mainly focused on promoting European standards in the care and use of laboratory animals in Eastern Europe, and has participated actively, both with ICLAS and FELASA, to promote education and training in Central and Eastern Europe.

Publications

Baltic Journal of Laboratory Animal Science (vip.latnet.lv/journalLAS/) is the official periodical (quarterly) publication of Balt-LASA. It publishes both reviews and original articles, and is the only English-Russian-language journal in Eastern Europe devoted to laboratory animal science. Balt-LASA holds an annual conference and organizes seminars and courses on laboratory animal science.

Address

Balt-LASA, 53 Krustpils St, Riga, LV-1057, Latvia. E-mail: gjakobsonegrindeks.lv

Belgian Council for Laboratory Animal Science: BCLAS

Membership

There are over 100 regular members, as well as sponsoring and honorary members. Programs

The main activities of BCLAS are to organize symposia on problems related to laboratory animals, and courses and working groups focused on education, health, pathology, feeding, and ethical problems.

Address

John Verstegen, Department of Small Animal Clinical Studies, Veterinary College of the University of Liège, Blvd Colonster 20 Blg 44, B-4000 Liège/Belgium. E-mail: [email protected]

Czech Laboratory Animal Science Association: CLASA

Membership

There are 35 members.

Programs

Training courses are the main focus of CLASA activities. CLASA holds a scientific conference every two years and special workshops annually.

Publications

CLASA Newsletter is published in Czech. Address

Lukas Jebavy, President, Institute of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, Konarovice u Kolina 279, CZ-28125 Konarovice, Czech Republic. E-mail: [email protected]. Michael Boubelik, boube-[email protected].

Gesellschaft für Versuchstierkunde: GV-SOLAS (German Society for Laboratory Animal Science)

Background

GV-SOLAS is a society for the enhancement of laboratory animal science. Aims

GV-SOLAS sees itself as a source of information on laboratory animals and animal welfare for government officials and the general public in Germany.

Membership

Ordinary members (currently about 600) are scientists with an interest in laboratory animal science. Nonscientists may be accepted as extraordinary members and companies and organizations as sponsors.

Meetings

The General Assembly of GV-SOLAS is held yearly in conjunction with its scientific meeting. Publications

GV-SOLAS has no journal of its own, but shares Laboratory Animals with FELASA and other European Associations. GV-SOLAS also publishes a series of reports as the result of the activities of working parties.

Awards

Awards are given for studies in the furtherance of laboratory animal science. Address

Website: www.gv-solas.de/.

Hellenic Society of Biomedical and Laboratory Animal Science: HSBLAS

Membership

There are approximately 80 members. Programs

HSBLAS organizes training sessions consisting of lectures and videos on the basic principles of laboratory animal science. HSBLAS also organizes round tables in conjunction with the Annual Medical Congress of Greece and participates in the organization of courses for scientists in conjunction with other groups.

Address

15b Agiou Thoma Street, GR 115 27 Athens, Greece. E-mail: Ismene Dontas, [email protected]; Nickolas Kostomitsopoulos, [email protected].

Laboratory Animal Science Association: LASA

Background

LASA was founded in the U.K. in 1963 by representatives from industry, universities, government ministries, and research councils.

Aims

The goals of LASA are to provide information and a forum for ideas on the science of animals used in research.

Membership

There are over 400 members who are experienced in various aspects of laboratory animal science, provision, care, and use.

Meetings

The main scientific meetings of LASA consist of a one-day meeting in the spring and a two-day residential meeting in autumn or winter.

Publications

The LASA Newsletter, which is sent free to members, contains notices of forthcoming meetings, reports on conferences, new items on animal science, and correspondence from members. Members also receive Laboratory Animals. LASA creates special study groups to prepare guidelines for publication in Laboratory Animals.

Address

Website: www.lasa.co.uk.

Nederlandse Vereniging voor Proefdierkunde: NVP (Dutch Association for Laboratory Animal Science)

Aims

NVP is a scientific association that promotes a responsible attitude towards the use of laboratory animals for experimental purposes. A unique feature of NVP is the open atmosphere between NVP and the main animal welfare organizations in the Netherlands, in which both parties are willing to listen to each other's arguments and accept differences in points of view.

Membership

Among the 200 NVP members are the Dutch animal welfare officers, members of IACUCs, representatives of the Inspectorate of the National Competent Authority, scientists of various disciplines, and technicians.

Meetings

National biannual symposia are held, of which abstracts are published in Laboratory Animals. NVP has two committees working on a permanent basis on the organization of the NVP symposia and the publication of the NVP Newsletter, which is aimed at a public audience. There are also temporary working groups on specific issues.

Address

Website: www.proefdierkunde.nl. © 2003 by CRC Press LLC

Scandinavian Society for Laboratory Animal Science: Scand-LAS

Membership

There are approximately 430 members, mainly from the Nordic and Baltic countries. Membership is open to everyone working within the field of laboratory animal science.

Programs

Standing working groups on education, health monitoring, and pain, stress, and discomfort, as well as policy making.

Meetings

Every spring, in conjunction with the general assembly. Following a fixed order, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden are the host countries for these meetings. Scand-LAS has working groups on education, pain and stress, and information.

Publications

Scand-LAS publishes a quarterly journal, Scandinavian Journal of Laboratory Animal Science, that is free to members of Scand-LAS. The Scand-LAS Web site provides other publications and guidelines, including Tech Tips.

Address

Website: www.scandlas.org.

Sociedad Española para las Ciencias del Animal de Laboratorio: SECAL (Spanish Society for Laboratory Animal Science)

Membership

The membership includes scientists and animal technicians working within the field of laboratory animal science. The current membership is over 200, primarily from Spain, but also from Latin American countries.

Programs

SECAL has focused strongly on training and education, organizing and supporting specific courses, and also supporting applications to Spanish or European agencies for grants to promote education and training in Spain and in Latin American countries.

Meetings

SECAL organizes a symposium every two years in conjunction with its general assembly. Publications

SECAL has adopted Laboratory Animals as its official journal, but also publishes Animales de Laboratorio, a newsletter with information about relevant national issues, international events, publications, etc. and review articles in Spanish about special topics.

Address

Website: www.secal.es.

Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur Versuchtierkunde: SGV (Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association)

Membership

The membership includes professionals interested and engaged in laboratory animal science. Organizations or persons intending to support the activities of SGV are welcome as institutional members. SGV has about 130 members.

Meetings

Every year, a scientific meeting is organized, usually as a symposium at the annual meeting of the Swiss Union of Societies for Experimental Biology, of which SGV is a member. A two-day training course or workshop on a selected topic is held in the autumn.

Publications

An informal newsletter is published twice a year. SGV has adopted Laboratory Animals as its official journal.

Awards

An award is given every year for an outstanding contribution in the field of laboratory animals. Address

Website: www.sgv.org.

Other European Associations Not Affiliated With FELASA

Croatian Society for Laboratory Animal Science: CSLAS

Address

Jadranka Bubic, PLIVA, Istrazivacki Institut, Prilaz Baruna Filipovica 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia.

Finland Laboratory Animal Science: FinLAS

Background

FinLAS was founded in 1986. Membership

There are approximately 50 members, who have academic backgrounds as biologists, physicians, or veterinarians.

Meetings

FinLAS organizes two annual meetings with one-day seminars. Every fourth year, FinLAS is responsible for organizing the Scand-LAS meeting. FinLAS has several working groups; the most important one is on education.

Address

Website: www.uku.fi/jarjestot/FinLAS.

Hungarian Laboratory Animal Scientists' Society: HLS

Address

University of Veterinary Science Budapest, Deptartment Animal Breeding, Nutrition and Laboratory Animal Science, P.O. Box 2, H-1400 Budapest, Hungary. E-mail: [email protected]

Sociedad Española de Experimentación Animal: SEEA (Spanish Society of Animal Experimentation)

Address

J.R. Morandeira, Unidad Mixta de Investigación, Domingo Miral, s/n, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain. E-mail: [email protected].

Americas North America

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: AALAS

Background

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science strives to be the premier forum for the exchange of information and expertise in the production, care, and use of laboratory animals.

Aims

AALAS advances responsible laboratory animal care and use to benefit people and animals. Membership

Established in 1950, AALAS now comprises more than 10,000 clinical veterinarians, technicians, technologists, biomedical scientists, educators, and businesspeople representing all aspects of the laboratory animal research field. The three levels of membership — bronze, silver, and gold — are available to individuals, businesses, and institutions.

Programs

AALAS offers certification at the technician and management levels, a certification registry, continuing-education opportunities, and a public outreach program. The AALAS Technician Certification Program is a nationally recognized, professional, and authoritative endorsement on three levels of technical knowledge: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT), Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT), and Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG). The AALAS Management Certification program recognizes individuals committed to excellence in animal resource management with the Certified Manager Animal Resources (CMAR) designation. The AALAS Certification Registry indicates that participants maintain a current level of knowledge.

Meetings

Continuing-education programs include the Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM), an annual educational program concentrating on industry-management concepts; the AALAS national meeting, the largest annual gathering of professionals concerned with the production, care, and responsible use of laboratory animals; and the Management and Technology Conference, an annual gathering offering presentations on technologies that impact the laboratory animal facility manager. The AALAS Campus (www.aalascampus.org) is an online learning forum offering over 650 courses in personal and career development, as well as laboratory animal science courses developed by leading educators, industry experts, and clinicians.

Awards

AALAS presents several professional and technical awards for excellence in the field of laboratory animal science each year at the national meeting.

Publications

AALAS offers numerous publications to its members. Comparative Medicine, a bimonthly journal listed in Index Medicus, is a leading publication in the field of comparative and experimental medicine. The bimonthly journal Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science features articles on clinical, technical, managerial, and philosophical subjects, as well as association news. Tech Talk is a quarterly newsletter offering current information and technology. The AALAS Reference Directory includes a Products and Services Guide section, technical information, and certification/education information and forms. AALAS also publishes training manuals for each certification level and other materials for professional development and education, with Spanish versions and CD-ROMs currently in development.

Public Outreach

AALAS seeks to inform the public about the importance of animal research to animals and people alike. Representatives from AALAS frequent many local, state, and national teachers-association meetings to provide classroom resources, and a variety of free and inexpensive educational materials are offered to members and the public.

Address

Website: www.aalas.org. Related sites maintained by AALAS are www.IACUC.org, www.kids4research.org, and http://foundation.aalas.org. Additionally, AALAS manages three laboratory animal science-related listservs: CompMed, TechLink, and IACUC-FORUM.

Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science - Association canadienne pour la science des animaux de laboratoire: CALAS/ACSAL

Background

The Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS/ACSAL) was founded in 1962. The association is composed of a multidisciplinary group of people, institutions, and regional chapters concerned with the care and use of laboratory animals in research, teaching, and testing.

Aims

CALAS/ACSAL is dedicated to the elimination of inhumane and unnecessary use of animals in research and to the improvement of their standard of care. The aims can be summarized as follows:

♦ To advance the knowledge, skills, and status of those who care for and use laboratory animals

♦ To improve the standards of animal care and research

♦ To provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge of sound animal care and research

Membership

CALAS/ACSAL membership is at several levels, as follows: Institutional membership is intended for institutions that are concerned with the care and use of laboratory animals and wish to participate in efforts to improve the scientific quality of animal research and the educational standards of animal-care personnel. The institutions obtaining such membership are issued two membership cards for named representatives and receive a certificate of recognition. National membership carries full voting rights and the entitlement to be elected to the board of directors. Registered Technicians are national members who have successfully met the requirements of the registry board. Student membership is offered at a reduced rate for students.

Programs

To advance the knowledge and skills of those who care for and use laboratory animals, the CALAS/ACSAL registry board, through its examination process, enables technicians working in a variety of laboratory animal settings to become registered at one or more of the following levels of registration: Associate Registered Laboratory Animal Technician, Registered Laboratory Animal Technician, Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (Research), Registered Master Laboratory Animal Technician, and Registered Master Laboratory Animal Technician (Research).

Meetings

Each year, CALAS/ACSAL hosts a national symposium in a different part of Canada to provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of sound animal care and research. Scientific and technical papers and workshops are based on a main theme and complemented by exhibits mounted by commercial firms to display their products. The annual general meeting of members is held at the national symposium.

Publications

Four times a year, every member of CALAS/ACSAL receives a Member's Magazine, which is intended to keep members informed of CALAS/ACSAL events and to provide information on pertinent topics. The magazine also includes scientific and technical articles presented at annual CALAS/ACSAL symposia, as well as articles on continuing education.

Address

Website: www.calas-acsal.org.

Central America and Mexico

Asociación Centroamericana del Caribe y Mexicana de la Ciencia de Animales de Laboratorio: ACCMAL (Central American, Caribbean, and Mexican Association of Laboratory Animal Science)

Membership

ACCMAL members (over 200) come from Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, and Colombia.

Programs

ACCMAL is highly active, organizing training programs directed at people working on laboratory animal science.

Awards

In collaboration with Purina, ACCMAL provides awards to young scientists and experts on laboratory animal science from the Americas.

Address

Liliana Pazos, Universidad de Costa Rica, Laboratorio de Ensayos Biologicos, San Jose, Costa Rica. E-mail: [email protected].

Associación Mexicana para las Ciencias del Animal de Laboratorio: AMCAL (Mexican Association for Laboratory Animal Science)

Membership There are 50 members.

Programs

One of the main aims of AMCAL is the organization of education programs. AMCAL courses deal with genetics, animal diseases, introduction to animal experimentation, and topics for technicians.

Publications

AMCAL publishes in several journals, such as Animales de Experimentación and the Mexican Association of Veterinarian Specialists in Small Species (AMMVEPE) journal. AMCAL will soon publish its own bulletin.

Meetings

AMCAL organizes a scientific meeting every two years. Address

Website: amcal2000.tripod.com. South America

Federation of South American Societies and Associations of Laboratory Animal Science Specialists: FESSACAL

Aims

The aims of FESSACAL are to coordinate efforts and provide a common representation to governments and the international scientific community and to organize joint meetings and disseminate scientific information among members.

Membership

The membership includes over 570 professionals from several South American laboratory animal associations.

Address

Website: www.cemib.unicamp.br.

FESSACAL Constituent Associations

Asociación Argentina de Especialistas en Animales de Laboratorio: AADEAL (Argentinean Association of Researchers Who Use Laboratory Animals)

Aims

The aims are to promote laboratory animal science in Argentina and to unify concepts and procedures in experimental animal breeding, care, and management, as well as to organize education and training courses.

Membership

There are currently approximately 80 biomedical professionals. Programs

AADEAL is working on a project for a national law for the care and use of experimental animals to be presented to the Argentinean government.

Publications

A quarterly bulletin is published for members.

Address

Adela Rosenkranz, Parana 557, Piso 3 A, 1017 Buenos Aires, Argentina. E-mail: [email protected]

Asociación Uruaguaya de Ciencias del Animal de Laboratorio: AUCAL (Uruguayan Association for Laboratory Animal Science)

Information on AUCAL can be found on the FESSACAL Web site.

Asociación de Veterinarios Especialistas en Animales de Laboratorio: AVECAL (Chilean Association of Veterinary Specialists in Laboratory Animal Science)

Information on AVECAL can be found on the FESSACAL Web site.

Colégio Brasileiro de Experimentaçâo Animal: COBEA (Brazilian Laboratory Animal Science Association)

Aims

The aims are to promote training courses, meetings, congresses, workshops, and symposia in order to spread scientific information on laboratory animal science.

Membership

There are approximately 260 members who are researchers, animal technicians, students, people working in life sciences, and commercial organizations associated with the breeding, care, study, or manufacturing of goods for laboratory animals.

Programs

COBEA has committee-organized programs on education and training, ethics and legislation, and organization and management of laboratory animal facilities, as well as a scientific committee and an ad hoc committee.

Meetings

There is a congress every two years. Publications

A newsletter is published twice a year. Address

Website: www.meusite.com.br/cobea.

Sociedad Venezolana de Ciencias del Animal de Laboratorio: SOVECAL (Venezuelan Society for Laboratory Animal Science)

Information on SOVECAL can be found on the FESSACAL Web site. Asia

Bangladesh Society for Laboratory Animal Science: BSLAS

Meetings

A scientific meeting is held every year.

Address

Dr. M.A. Awal, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Science: CALAS

Meetings

A CALAS youth scientists symposium is organized every year. Address

Dr. Yinong Liu, Functional Genomics Center, Institute of Genetics Chinese Academy of Sciences, Datun Road A5, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China.

Chinese Society for Laboratory Animal Sciences: CSLAS

Address

Dr. Chung-Nan Weng, Pig Research Institute Taiwan, P.O. Box 23, Chunan, Miaoli 350, Taiwan 115 R.O.C.

Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JALAS

Background

JALAS was organized in 1952 to promote laboratory animal science in Japan. Membership

At present, there are about 1,600 individual members and about 140 corporate members whose work is related to laboratory animals, i.e., scientists, veterinarians, animal technicians, educators, etc.

Aims

♦ To inform scientists about the appropriate use and care of animals in research

♦ To provide training and education in laboratory animal science and welfare

♦ To advance the knowledge, skills, and status of those who care for and use laboratory animals

Meetings

A scientific meeting is held every year. Workshops are also held on the basic topics for this field. Publications

The official journal of JALAS, Experimental Animals, is published quarterly in English. International Information Exchange

JALAS sends experts in the field of laboratory animal science to Asian countries to promote mutual information exchange.

Address

Website: www.jalas.or.jp.

Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science: KALAS

Meetings

An annual scientific meeting is held. © 2003 by CRC Press LLC

Address

Dr. Byung-Hwa HYUN, Genetic Resources Center, P.O. Box 115, Yusong, Taejon, 305-600, Korea.

Laboratory Animal Science Association of India: LASAI

Background

LASAI was founded in 1984. Publications

Laboratory Animal Science of India is published quarterly. Address

Dr. K.R. Bhardwaj, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India. Malaysian Association for Laboratory Animal Science: MALAS

Address

Dr. G. Baskaran, University of Malaya, Institute of Medical Research, Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Philippine Association for Laboratory Animal Science: PALAS

Meetings

A scientific meeting is organized every year. Publications

PALAS Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in the Philippines (1993). This Code of Practice (COP) was prepared by PALAS to set locally applicable standards on the proper care and use of laboratory animals and to upgrade the status of laboratory animal science in the Philippines.

Address

Dr. Angel Antonio B. Mateo, President, c/o Medical Affair Division, United Laboratories, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

Australia and New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand Society for Laboratory Animal Science: ANZLAS

Background

ANZLAS was originally known as ASLAS (Australian Society for Laboratory Animal Science). The society changed its name in 1995 to reflect the active participation of its New Zealand members.

Membership

The membership includes veterinarians, scientists, and laboratory animal technicians in senior management positions, who hold an interest or work in the field of laboratory animal science. Membership categories exist for institutions and for students.

Programs

The main achievements of ANZLAS include the promotion of education and training; the establishment of laboratory animal microbiological and genetic monitoring services; the establishment of a program for the routine monitoring of constituents of diet for all rodents, rabbits, and guinea pigs; the organization of post-graduate courses; proposing the establishment of ANZCCART; the development of legislation related to animal-based research in several Australian states and territories; and the establishment of ethics committees and advisory work to institutions and professionals.

Meetings

ANZLAS holds an annual conference and jointly sponsors specific workshops with other organizations, such as ANZCCART and the Australian Animal Technicians Association (AATA).

Publications

A quarterly newsletter is circulated to members. Address

E-mail: biochem.otago.ac.nz/anzslas/.

Africa

Kenyan Laboratory Animal Technician Association: KLATA

Address

Aggrey Otieno, P.O. Box 20750, Nairobi, Kenya.

South African Association for Laboratory Animal Science: SAALAS

Background

SAALAS serves all South Africans involved in the breeding, husbandry, welfare, and use of laboratory animals.

Aims

SAALAS and Technikon Pretoria constitute part of SAQA's Standards Generating Body (SGB) for veterinary and paraveterinary professions. The goal of SAALAS in this partnership is to attain internationally acceptable standards in laboratory animal science.

Membership

The membership includes persons concerned with the production, care, or study of laboratory animals and who hold appropriate qualifications in biomedical science or technology or, who by their experience and attainments, are eligible for membership.

Programs

SAALAS, together with Technikon Pretoria, coordinate a laboratory animal technology course. SAALAS played a decisive role in the establishment of the national code for the handling and use of animals in research, education, diagnosis, and testing of drugs and related substances in South Africa.

Publications

A quarterly newsletter and annual SAALAS bulletin are published. Address

Dr. F. Potgieter, President of SAALAS, Laboratory Animal Centre, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 South Africa. E-mail: gnpefjpmed.uovs.ac.za.

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