Mission Statement: AALAS is an association of professionals that advances responsible laboratory animal care and use to benefit people and animals.
The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is a membership association of professionals employed around the world in academia, government, and private industry who are dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals, as well as the quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit people and animals. AALAS provides educational materials to laboratory animal care professionals and researchers, administers certification programs for laboratory animal technicians and managers, publishes scholarly journals, supports laboratory animal science research, and serves as the premier forum for the exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animals. Below is a sampling of the programs, products, and services we provide our members and the laboratory animal science community.
AALAS National Meeting. Over 200 educational presentations are made each
year at our
National Meeting. These seminars, platform sessions, special lectures, workshops,
and round-table discussions cover a wide range of topics of interest to AALAS
members and other lab animal professionals.
Publications. Our award-winning
publications cover topics of interest to everyone involved in the care and
use of laboratory animals and keep members up to date on the latest association
Certification. Nationally recognized as the authoritative endorsement
of technician competence, our
technician certification program certifies three levels of technical knowledge.
Technician Certification Registry is a voluntary program for technicians
to demonstrate a current, credible level of knowledge. Laboratory animal facility
managers will be interested in our
Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) program, which is designed
to raise competency and professionalism in the field. The annual CEU requirement
ensures that certified animal resource managers are abreast of the latest in
management techniques and theory.
Advocacy. Advocating for our members and promoting the value of the laboratory animal science profession and the numerous health related benefits to legislators and policymakers is an important priority for AALAS. To do this, we address legislative and regulatory issues that affect the laboratory animal science community, as well as the profession. We also strive to keep our members informed about Washington’s legislative and regulatory activities through advisories, articles, and updates in AALAS in Action. The AALAS Government Relations Committee, along with the assistance of our AALAS members and the advocates of other animal welfare-related groups, monitor federal legislative and regulatory issues. The AALAS Government Relations Committee will make recommendations and our position known on these policies and positions on federal legislative and regulatory issues that influence animal health and welfare and advance the laboratory animal science profession.
Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM).
ILAM is an education program for professional laboratory animal managers that
focuses on management concepts applicable to the animal resource industry.
AALAS Learning Library. The
AALAS Learning Library (ALL) provides online learning opportunities in professional
development and laboratory animal science courses for ongoing education and
Job Search Resources. The
CareerLine page provides year-round opportunities for job seekers. In addition,
AALAS National Meeting features a Career Center to give attendees a chance
to discuss career opportunities with potential employees or employers.
National Awards. Seven professional and technical awards
for excellence in the field of laboratory animal science are given each year
at the AALAS National Meeting.
Listserves. Join the discussion! Thousands of professionals involved
in the care and use of laboratory animals use our
listserves to get quick answers and talk about issues relating to comparative
medicine, laboratory animal medicine, or biomedical research.
Regional and Branch Meetings. AALAS members also have access to nearly
50 regional and
branch groups that provide networking and educational opportunities close
to where you work and live. Check our calendar for the latest branch
and district meetings.
Member Directory. AALAS members have access to a searchable member directory;
they can also update their directory information online.
Directory information is compiled in the annual AALAS Reference Directory
-- a handy reference tool for members that also contains information about
AALAS products and services and a technical reference section.
Public Outreach. The
AALAS Foundation provides funding for projects to promote the awareness
of biomedical research and its contributions to society. AALAS, through the
Foundation, provides a variety of public outreach tools in the form of flyers,
posters, web sites, videos and DVDs, and classroom materials.
The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science believes that the use
of laboratory animals in scientific and medical research is essential to the
improvement and protection of the quality of all life. The humane and responsible
care of laboratory animals is vital to quality research and, as such, an essential
aspect of AALAS endeavors. AALAS is dedicated to building and disseminating
a knowledge base in laboratory animal science for the education and training
of those who work in this field.
The Code of Ethics for members of AALAS has been adopted by the Board of Trustees
to promote and maintain the highest standards of professional and personal conduct
among its members. Adherence to these standards is required for membership in
the Association and serves to assure public confidence in the integrity and
service of AALAS members.