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  • ETPLAS Call for Working Groups

    The Education & Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science (ETPLAS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 2-year grant from the European Commission (DG Environment) for a Pilot Project ‘Promoting alternatives to animal testing through accessible and harmonised education & training’.

    ETPLAS will develop an IT platform that will deliver tools to enable course organisers to assess whether those persons carrying out procedures on animals have met the required level of competence in theoretical and practical skills.

    Objective of Piolot

    The key aim of ETPLAS is the provision of information and tools for the delivery and assessment of high quality laboratory animal science training in Europe, in line with the EU Education and Training Framework guidance and this EP Pilot grant.

    The objective of the pilot project is to facilitate the process of mutual recognition of, and access to quality education and training in LAS in Europe to support the attainment of competence as now legally required by legislation. ETPLAS will develop an IT platform that will deliver tools to enable course organisers to assess whether those persons carrying out procedures on animals have met the required level of competence in theoretical and practical skills.

    Each of the Activities will be delivered through Working Groups with representatives of stakeholders from the LAS community such as course providers and members of accrediting bodies.

    Programme of Activities

    Activities 1 and 2 will commence immediately in early 2019. Material from Activity 2 is needed to allow Activity 3 to commence in Q2. Activities 3 and 4 should commence in Q2. The Action will close at end of 2020.

    Formation and Management of Working Groups

    The Project Leader (PL) is Dr. A.D. Degryse, EBVS, Dipl.ECLAM, DACLAM (Hon). Prof. J-B Prins, PhD, has been identified as deputy Project Leader. Working Group leaders will be identified. All these positions will receive ex-gratia payments linked to the hours spent on the task.

    Working Groups with representatives of stakeholders from the LAS community (such as course providers, teachers, members of accrediting/approval/ recognition bodies and educational institutions with experience in the assessment of students on LAS courses) will be initiated for Activities 1 to 4. It is expected that WGs will keep the number of face-to-face meetings at a minimum (with max 10 delegates) and meet mostly using digital platforms (e.g. free conferencing whenever possible).

    Skills & Attributes of Working Group Leader & Members

    Members of Working Groups 1 to 4 should have knowledge of current practices in training courses of laboratory animal medicine and science, as well as research animal welfare and innovations/progress. They should have specific knowledge and familiarity with the training courses for persons needing to use animals used in research, teaching and testing in their country/Europe. Specialist knowledge will need to be provided by member(s) with in-depth familiarity with the role of accrediting/approval/recognition bodies and international guidelines, policies and regulations.

    Members should have recognised written and verbal communication skills through experience in publishing and presentations. They should have experience of working in teams. All members should have appreciation of and ability to function seamlessly in different cultures and with members from different backgrounds. Their character should allow development of trust and goodwill among colleagues from different countries.

    In addition, the Working Group Leader needs to manifest strong leadership skills, exercise sound judgment and be able to balance attention to detail with the “big picture” framework. The candidate should ideally have experience in coordinating a training program or research project in a global setting. They should be open-minded and flexible in thinking and have the ability to manage complexity, manage teams and manage change.

    Send nomination documents to:

    Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science (ETPLAS)
    Email address: secretary@etplas.eu

    All material must be received by February 28, 2019 for nominees to be considered.

    For more information please visit https://www.etplas.eu/index.php?id=4325

  • New Officers Named for International Association of Colleges for Laboratory Animal Medicine (IACLAM)

    Hilton J. Klein VMD, MS, Diplomate ACLAM , ECLAM( Univ. Penn V’80)) was awarded the Charles A. Griffin Award at the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science in Baltimore MD Oct.28-Nov. 1, 2018. Dr. Klein is currently the President of IACLAM, representing the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

    The Charles A. Griffin Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated ethical scientific and/or technological advancements in humane experimentation or improved animal care practices. The Griffin Award further recognizes contributions to the body of knowledge that advances the 3R's: replacement, refinement, reduction of animals used in biomedical research.

    The Charles A. Griffin Award is the oldest AALAS award. It was first presented in 1956.


    Please join me in congratulating Vera Baumans who received the Swiss Lab Animal Science Association’s (SGV) 2018 Award today for her significant career contributions to animal welfare. Vera a veterinarian by training, is a Laboratory Animal Science Specialist and working in the field of Laboratory Animal Science since 1983, when the Department of Laboratory Animal Science was established at the Veterinary Faculty of the Utrecht University. She was employed as Animal Welfare Officer of the Utrecht University supervising the welfare of the laboratory animals, from (transgenic) mice to cattle, which are used at Utrecht University and Utrecht Medical Centre.

    Together with Professor Bert van Zutphen in the new Department of Laboratory Animal Science she set up courses in Laboratory Animal Science, mandatory by the Dutch law on animal experiments. The national courses started in 1986 and 12-15 courses per year are run, including 3-4 international courses. Many courses in Laboratory Animal Science abroad (e.g. Portugal, Budapest, Riga, Athens, Stockholm, Brazil, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Turkey, Ethiopia, Ghana, Egypt) were set up under her responsibility.

    She is co-editor of the Dutch and English textbook on Laboratory Animal Science used in these courses.

    From the start of the department she was responsible for developing and maintaining research in the field of Russell and Burch’s Three R’s of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement in animal experiments with the emphasis on Refinement. Her research mainly focussed on the impact of the environment on behaviour and well-being of laboratory animals with topics as housing, environmental enrichment, aggression in mice, the influence of environmental factors on the stress response caused by routine experimental procedures in mice and welfare of transgenic mice. She also worked on refinement of blood sampling methods, assessment of pain and discomfort and humane methods of euthanasia.

    She is professor emeritus in Laboratory Animal Science at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden , where her research focussed on the impact of the environment on post-operative recovery and the need for pain relief in laboratory rodents.

    She is founding member of the Veterinary European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and member of the Council of Management of Laboratory Animals Ltd. In 2011 she was awarded with the German Felix -Wankel – Animal Welfare Research Prize and in 2018 with the Animal Welfare Award of the Swiss Association of Laboratory Animal Science.

    Vera gave a very gracious acceptance lecture on ‘Animal Welfare and Good Science - Where are we going’.

    Congratulations, Vera!

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