Professional Organizations

This section lists the organizations formed by professional groups, i.e., veterinarians, technicians who work in the field of laboratory animal science, etc. The main objectives of these organizations are to promote excellence and recognition of these professional groups. Some of these organizations have a well-established accreditation system.

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine: ACLAM

Background

ACLAM is an organization of board-certified veterinary medical specialists who are experts in the humane, proper, and safe care and use of laboratory animals. ACLAM establishes standards of education, training, experience, and expertise necessary to become qualified as a specialist, and recognizes that achievement through board examination.

Aims

The aims are to encourage education, training, and research in laboratory animal medicine to establish standards of training and experience for qualification of specialists in this field and to recognize qualified specialists by certification.

Membership

Open to all veterinarians who are graduates of a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited or approved by the AVMA, or who posses an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduate (ECFVG) certificate, or who are qualified to practice veterinary medicine in a state, province, or possession of the United States, Canada, or other country; have satisfactory moral character and impeccable professional behavior; and have been certified as Diplomates in accordance with ACLAM bylaws.

Programs

ACLAM has an active and extensive program of continuing education for its members and other interested scientists. ACLAM conducts a continuing-education forum and various symposia and seminars on different topics to keep Diplomates informed of new discoveries and innovations in laboratory animal medicine. In addition, ACLAM has published a series of auto-tutorial materials, CDs, books, and other educational materials directed at veterinarians, biomedical scientists, students, and technicians.

Address

Website: www.aclam.org.

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners: ASLAP

Background

ASLAP was founded in 1966. Aims

♦ To provide a mechanism for the exchange of scientific and technical information among veterinarians engaged in laboratory animal practice

♦ To encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge in areas related to laboratory animal practice

♦ To act as a spokesperson for laboratory animal practitioners within the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and to work with other organizations involved in the care and use of laboratory animals in representing common interests and concerns to the scientific community and the public at large

♦ To actively encourage its members to provide training for veterinarians in the field

Membership

ASLAP membership is open to any veterinarian who is interested or engaged in laboratory animal practice and who maintain membership with a national veterinary medical association. Membership is also open to veterinary students.

Meetings

Business meetings are held at the annual AVMA and AALAS meetings. Address

Website: www.aslap.org.

Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine: CALAM - L'Association canadienne pour la médecine des animaux de laboratoire: ACMAL

Background

CALAM/ACMAL is a national organization of veterinarians with an interest in laboratory animal medicine.

Aims

The aims are to advise interested parties on all matters pertaining to laboratory animal medicine, to further the education of its members, and to promote ethics and professionalism in the field. CALAM/ACMAL is committed to the provision of appropriate veterinary care for all animals used in research, teaching, or testing.

Programs

CALAM has compiled a comprehensive collection of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and a veterinary information kit.

Meetings

A CALAM/ACMAL seminar is held annually in conjunction with the CALAS/ACSAL symposium. Publications

CALAM publishes a newsletter, Interface, four times a year within the CALAS/ACSAL newsletter. Address

Website: www.uwo.ca/animal/website/CALAM/.

European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine: ECLAM

Background

ECLAM is the veterinary college within Europe dedicated to the specialty of laboratory animal medicine and, like other European veterinary specialty colleges, is overseen by the European Board of Veterinary Specialization.

Aims

The primary objectives of ECLAM are to promote high standards for laboratory animal medicine by providing a structured framework to achieve certification of professional competence and by stressing the need for scientific inquiry and exchange via progressive continuing-education programs.

Membership

In accordance with the policies of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, only veterinarians may become diplomates of European veterinary specialty colleges. The ECLAM constitution defines a diplomate as a veterinarian who satisfies the ECLAM requirements with regards to training, experience, and competence in laboratory animal medicine, as required by the constitution. The recent establishment of this college (2000) also required the extraordinary recognition of charter and de facto-recognized specialists that constitute the base of ECLAM members at present.

Address

Website: www.eclam.org.

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