Institute of Animal Technology Bulletin G G G 174th Council Meeting Synopsis Congress 2016 AS-ET G G G Branch News Situations Vacant Diary Dates Vol 51 No 8 August 2015
Institute of Animal Technology  Bulletin  G G G  174th Council Meeting Synopsis Congress 2016 AS-ET  G G G  Branch News Si...
Bulletin Vol 51 No 8 August 2015 EDITOR* Sarah Lane bulletineditor@iat.org.uk ASSISTANT EDITOR* Carole Wilson bulletinassistant@iat.org.uk ADVERTISEMENT MANAGERS PRC Associates Ltd mail@prcassoc.co.uk Published monthly by the Institute of Animal Technology *Registered Office: 5 South Parade Summertown Oxford OX2 7JL CONTENTS 174th Council Meeting Synopsis Congress 2016 Three Minute Interview CLAST Announcement 5-9 9-13 14-15 17 AS-ET 20-21 Suppliers Register i-xliv Branch News 23-31 Situations Vacant 36-38 ISSN 0263-2861 For enquiries other than Bulletin related contact: IAT ADMINISTRATOR* admin@iat.org.uk or 0800 085 4380 Final copy date for October Bulletin 1st September The opinions expressed in the Bulletin do not necessarily reflect those of the Editor or the Institute. Diary Dates 39
Bulletin Vol 51 No 8 August 2015  EDITOR  Sarah Lane bulletineditor iat.org.uk ASSISTANT EDITOR  Carole Wilson bulletinass...
Bulletin August 2015 • 5 174th (July 2015) Council Meeting Synopsis Ken writes….. I wish to start by saying how honoured I am following a ballot at the May Council meeting to be elected for a second tenure as Chair of Council. I would like to thank my predecessor Steve Owen for all his work over the previous four years and hope Steve enjoys his year as Immediate Past Chair. Council officers are traditionally elected at the May Council Meeting and I am delighted that not only do we have some newly elected officers but also six new Council members, who I’m sure, will bring fresh ideas. IAT Council now has a full complement of 25 Council members so hopefully we will soon return to having elections, which not only generates interest but is a sign of a dynamic and vibrant organisation. While a synopsis of all Council meetings can be found on the Members’ Section of the website, I thought I would write occasional updates for the Bulletin on recent activities of the Institute, adding a bit of explanation along the way. Council Activities Council made the decision earlier this year to employ PLMR (Political Lobbying and Media Relations) to actively promote the well-received
Bulletin  August 2015      5  174th  July 2015  Council Meeting Synopsis Ken writes   ..  I  wish to start by saying how h...
6 • August 2015 Bulletin IAT Career Pathway and the IAT Qualifications, both in the UK and Europe. In July PLMR reported that current progress included: G G G G G drafting content for the new IAT website and liaising closely with Allan Thornhill and the PLMR website team to accommodate a redesign, which should launch in August preparing all briefing materials ahead of engagement with corporate/ academic signatories of the IAT Career Pathway securing and attending meetings with the various organisations to gauge their support of the Career Pathway drafting and distributing a press release on the launch of the IAT Career Pathway securing coverage for the launch of the IAT Career Pathway in drug discovery Council already has a number of key indices of success for this initiative and these will be reviewed and discussed at the September Council meeting. In response to requests from the Youth Representatives, the IAT App was developed by Allan Thornhill, launched in July and is published on both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store (for android users). The Branch Reps met on the morning of the May Council meeting, with eleven out of thirteen Branches represented along with three Youth Reps, to experience the meeting. There were very few questions, with several Branches reporting that there were no specific issues of concern. The IAT Career Pathway was also commended as being very clear and easy to follow. Congress Congress 2015 was fully reported in the Bulletin along with results of the feedback survey which had been circulated to all attendees. There were many comments on the standard of accommodation and whether varied rates can be offered in future. While it is impossible to locate a perfect venue for Congress where ideally all attendees would stay in the same hotel, logistically this is not always possible. That said Congress Committee will continue to source the best venues available, while keeping costs at an affordable level. On a positive note the Branch raffle at Congress had raised £2,300 for Guide Dogs Association and Council had agreed to make this up to £2,500, which is sufficient to name a Guide Dog. The name “TAI” (IAT backwards), was
6     August 2015  Bulletin  IAT Career Pathway and the IAT Qualifications, both in the UK and Europe. In July PLMR report...
Bulletin August 2015 • 7 suggested to the Guide Dogs Association and Council thanks everyone for their generous support. The Congress Committee met with Trade Exhibitors prior to the July Council meeting and various issues relating to Congress 2016 were discussed, including trade exhibition opening and closing times, booking processes, etc. Feedback from this year’s exhibiting companies was received and will be addressed. Registration for Congress 2016 will be online only and will open on 14th September. Various delegate options will be available, from one-day attendance to the full Congress package, running from Tuesday through to Friday breakfast. The website will carry updated information on the programme for Congress 2016. There will be a change in the scientific programme to include more workshops, including the Tuesday afternoon. Full details and timings will be available on the website and will be regularly updated (www.iat.org.uk/congress.html). Education and CPD An Educational Stakeholders’ meeting was held on the Tuesday of Congress 2015 at the Congress venue and a full report was circulated to all attendees and Council. There was discussion regarding RAnTechs, with two main discussion points: concerns were raised that there are no meetings or tangible recognition following the RAnTech interview and acceptance onto the Register G RAnTech CPD is supposed to be checked but there is a lot of confusion over what constitutes CPD and how it is recorded The proposed actions from these discussions were: G consider combining RAnTechs with NACWO/Named Persons’ meetings G need to call in 10% of CPD Records electronically to ensure CPD is being maintained G review CPD minimum requirements, for example, consider an enhanced level for original personal research/presentations G The IAT awarded 86 Diplomas during the first quarter 2015 reporting period: 61 x Level 2 Laboratory Animal Science and Technology 64 x Level 2 Laboratory Animal Husbandry 21 x Level 3 Laboratory Animal Science and Technology
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8 • August 2015 Bulletin Two new IAT Moderators have been appointed. They are Theresa Langford and Anthony Iglesias. It is hoped that from September all students registering for IAT qualifications will be able to do so online. The first two Animal Technician Level 2 Apprenticeship students will complete their courses in August or September this year and we hope the scheme will then be rolled out nationally. This is a very exciting development and the IAT are working closely with the Medical Research Council and others to ensure its success. College of Laboratory Animal Science and Technology (CLAST) has now been established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) to facilitate the delivery of the IAT HE Levels 4, 5 and 6 from September 2015. CLAST is independent from the IAT and will be self-funding, relying primarily on income generated from student fees. I am delighted to report that the South African Veterinary Council and South African Laboratory Animal Science Association (SAALAS) have formally adopted the IAT qualifications. Cathy Godfrey, Chair of the Board of Moderators will travel to Pretoria in November to further promote the IAT qualifications and the Career Pathway. Animal Technology and Welfare (ATW) Jas Barley, ATW Editor, reported that the themed December issue will be on “Behaviour/species natural history”. If anyone has any submissions, or has contacts with anyone who may be able to submit a paper, they should contact Jas. Communications The Communications Group designed five “Benefits of the IAT” posters which have been circulated to all IAT Corporate member establishments to display. The posters have also been produced in “postcard” size as giveaways, for example, on the IAT stand at various meetings. They also form the designs of the new IAT promotional stands. The Communications Group will once again be running a photography competition which will be judged at Congress 2016. The aim is to find photographs which can be used on the front covers of ATW and the Bulletin and should preferably be portrait and a minimum of 3MB in size.
8     August 2015  Bulletin  Two new IAT Moderators have been appointed. They are Theresa Langford and Anthony Iglesias. I...
Bulletin August 2015 • Ken’s View I was having a discussion with a friend who said that life is all about choices, I disagreed because for me life is all about opportunities because without opportunities there is no choice. I am grateful that the IAT offered me the opportunity to study for qualifications and I am now in a position to try and ensure that these opportunities continue to exist. All I ask is that you, as individuals and employers alike, take advantage of the IAT’s educational and CPD opportunities and when you are in a position to help others, you do so willingly. Ken Applebee Chair IAT Council 9
Bulletin  August 2015      Ken   s View I was having a discussion with a friend who said that life is all about choices, I...
IT’S YOUR CALL … to participate in Congress 2016! The Congress Committee are calling YOU to contribute by presenting a PAPER, or POSTER, or WORKSHOP … and we would love to hear your ideas Submission forms can be downloaded from www.iat.org.uk/congress.html In this issue of the Bulletin, you will find an ‘Invitation Booklet’ which sets out all the Package information along with Prices, Provisional Timings and much, much, more! New Scientific Programme format for 2016 – including extra workshops to attend Delegate registration opens on Monday 14th September Early bird discounts available up to Sunday 20th December To discuss any aspect of Congress with the Congress Committee or if you have any questions, email – congress@iat.org.uk Online Registration only for 2016
IT   S YOUR CALL      to participate in Congress 2016   The Congress Committee are calling YOU to contribute by presenting...
Bulletin August 2015 • 13 Professor John Bleby Hon FIAT TD JP DVetMed DLAS CBiol FSB MRCVS It is with great sadness to inform you that John Bleby passed away after a long illness on Sunday 19th July aged 83. As you can see from John’s postnominal letters, John was extremely active as a laboratory animal veterinary surgeon, latterly owner of Surrey Diagnostics and a Justice of the Peace. John will be known to many members as an active Vice President of the Institute and in recognition of his tremendous support and encouragement of animal technologists, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship at a Symposium in his honour in 2012. John was an amusing, generous and kind friend to many and our thoughts go to his widow Jayne, his family and all those who mourn him. Ken Applebee Chair of Council
Bulletin  August 2015      13  Professor John Bleby Hon FIAT TD JP DVetMed DLAS CBiol FSB MRCVS It is with great sadness t...
14 • August 2015 Bulletin Three Minute Interview Name: John Gregory Job title: IAT Life Member – retired Describe yourself in 3 words Cheerful, thoughtful, determined. What is your earliest memory? Running away from nursery because I wanted to go home early. When you were at school, what or who did you want to be and why? A farmer. I had a romantic notion of a rural idyll. What was the first music album you bought? With the Beatles but the first single I bought was Tom Dooley by Lonnie Donegan.
14     August 2015  Bulletin  Three Minute Interview Name  John Gregory  Job title  IAT Life Member     retired Describe y...
Bulletin August 2015 • 15 If you could have dinner with one person, who would that be and why? My late father because I miss him so very much. What is the best advice you have been given? If you are having a phone conversation and want to end it hang up when you are in mid-sentence the other party will never believe you cut yourself off. What is your next goal in life? In the words of Mr Spock – Live long and prosper. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why? The Galapagos Islands – the variety of species and of course those big tortoises. What is your favourite quote or saying? When you’re in a hole stop digging. What is the most important thing your job has taught you? As an employer it is better to train somebody who leaves than not to train somebody who stays. Cup of tea or stiff drink? Definitely tea – Long Island Iced Tea. Favourite colour? Red. Favourite place? The view from Westminster Bridge. Last book you read? Uncle Tom’s Cabin – everyone should read it. Name something that annoys you? People dithering at help yourself buffets when I am hungry. Printable most embarrassing moment? Being locked out of my hotel room in the middle of the night without my trousers. Hobbies or interests: Travelling, photography, music, western films and sleeping.
Bulletin  August 2015      15  If you could have dinner with one person, who would that be and why  My late father because...
Bulletin August 2015 • The Trustees are delighted to announce that the Charity Commission has approved the College of Laboratory Animal Science and Technology (CLAST) as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. CLAST will take over responsibility for providing the IAT Higher Education Programme and the CPD Modules associated with it from September 2015. There will be no change in the courses themselves or the staff teaching them. Further details can be seen on our website www.clast.org.uk Stephen Barnett, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, July 2015 17
Bulletin  August 2015      The Trustees are delighted to announce that the Charity Commission has approved the College of ...
20 • August 2015 Bulletin AS-ET Fifth Anniversary Fundraising Ball We still have some tickets for our 5th Anniversary Ball so do not be left out, get yours now from elaine@lbs-biotech.com Tickets are £75 each and you can also reserve a room for the night at the hotel. In the Bulletin over the last few months we have highlighted the items that are being auctioned at the Ball. The last three are shown here. All ten lots can be seen on the 5th Anniversary page of our website. If you want to make a bid email: elaine@lbs-biotech.com Lot 8 Limited edition, professionally printed and framed photograph of Gentoo penguin photographed on the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Lot 9 Original, framed, pencil drawing of lions by Sarah Lucus from a photograph by Beaver Shaw. Lot 10 – Four tickets for London Zoo AS-ET Special Lecture The first AS-ET special lecture will be held at 6pm on 21st October 2015 in the Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, University College, London. It will be followed by a reception. The lecturer will be Professor Sir Richard Gardner MA PhD ScD FIAT(Hon) FRS. The title of the lecture is ‘Harnessing Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine: how far have we got?’ The presentation will be suitable for a general audience so please bring your friends and family. Ticket are £25.00 each, proceeds will go to further the work of AS-ET. To register an interest email: contact@as-et.org.uk
20     August 2015  Bulletin  AS-ET Fifth Anniversary Fundraising Ball  We still have some tickets for our 5th Anniversary...
Bulletin August 2015 • 21 AS-ET is a charity to advance education and promote excellence in the care and welfare of animals used in science. Sponsors of AS-ET are listed below and to find out more please visit the website www.as-et.org.uk
Bulletin  August 2015      21  AS-ET is a charity to advance education and promote excellence in the care and welfare of a...
Bulletin August 2015 • 23 Ireland Branch Symposium 2015 T his year’s Ireland Branch Symposium was held at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on 28th May and once again it was very well attended attracting over 40 delegates, plus trade stands along with their representatives reflecting the wide variety of companies within our Industry. The opening of the symposium took place in the Stanley Quek Hall. The one day platform programme consisted of six speakers, each presenting very interesting and different topics. The morning session was chaired by Mark D’Alton from University College Dublin (UCD) and the first speaker was Ken Applebee, Fellow and IAT Council Chair. Ken gave an overview on the IAT’s current activities, its educational offering, the Career Pathway and how these contribute to enhancing animal welfare. Ken also stressed how important it is for Animal Technologists to keep up to date with current technology and to take advantage of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. The second speaker of the day was Steve Barnett who is a Vice President of the IAT and also a Trustee of Animals in Science Education Trust (AS-ET). Steve has had a long career within animal technology both at technician level and as lecturer and editor of the IAT Manual of Animal Technology. Steve explained how the charity AS-ET was formed to advance education and promote excellence Ken Applebee, first presenter of the day in the care and welfare of animals in science. The charity makes provision for bursaries which contribute towards course fees, travel and accommodation, development of teaching packages, course materials including handbooks and videos, provision of web based learning, development and provision of block-release summer schools and tutorials and supporting students with special needs. Steve took the opportunity to promote the charity ball to be held in a prestigious London hotel on 5th September celebrating the 5th anniversary year of AS-ET.
Bulletin  August 2015      23  Ireland Branch Symposium 2015  T  his year   s Ireland Branch Symposium was held at Trinity...
24 • August 2015 Bulletin Finally, Steve reminded those present of the special travel bursary competition, the winner of which will attend the AALAS National meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in November. Steve Barnett, AS-ET Fergal O’Brien, RCSI Dublin The last speaker before the break for lunch was Professor Fergal O’Brien from the Department of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Dublin. Fergal heads the tissue engineering research group based in the RCSI and gave a very interesting presentation on his recent work using advanced biomaterials and tissue engineering to regenerate organs and tissues. Fergal went on to discuss how this work has benefited both humans and animals in the reconstruction of tissues, including bones and it recently gained publicity in the Irish Times as a great advancement in science. The afternoon session was chaired by Nigel Pawsey, Chair of the IAT Irish Branch and began with a presentation from Dr Richard Byrne who is a senior post-doc at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. Richard spoke about his work which involved using a high-fat diet to understand the role of phospholipase D proteins in lipid metabolism.
24     August 2015  Bulletin  Finally, Steve reminded those present of the special travel bursary competition, the winner ...
Bulletin August 2015 • 25 Dr Karen English from National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) in Dublin followed, with her presentation on the development of a humanised mouse model of graft versus host disease. A major component of her research involves the development of novel pre-clinical models of inflammatory disease as a platform for testing clinically relevant cell and drug therapeutics. Dr English is now expanding her research to include humanised mouse models of cell/organ transplantation after being awarded a highly prestigious Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) grant in 2014. Nigel Pawsey chairing the afternoon session The final presentation was from Jane Lenehan from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) which is the Regulatory Authority governing the use of animals in scientific procedures in the Republic of Ireland. Jane is currently acting manager of the Scientific Animal Protection (SAP) section in the HPRA. She explained the role of the HPRA in relation to laboratory animal science and the way it operates to comply with the new EU Directive and its transition into Irish legislation. There followed a number of questions which Jane answered. Jane Lenehan, Health Products Regulatory Authority
Bulletin  August 2015      25  Dr Karen English from National University of Ireland, Maynooth  NUIM  in Dublin followed, w...
26 • August 2015 Bulletin Speakers: Fergal O’Brien, Ken Applebee, Richard Byrne, Jane Lenehan, Karen English and Steve Barnett After such a full and enjoyable day, delegates and trade representatives made their way to the local hostelry to partake in a traditional Guinness or two (always tastes much better in Dublin) and a welcome bite to eat. The IAT Irish Branch would like to thank all the exhibiting sponsors for their support in this now annual event and for all those attending helping to make it a very successful and enjoyable meeting. Cathy Godfrey On behalf of the IAT Irish Branch
26     August 2015  Bulletin  Speakers  Fergal O   Brien, Ken Applebee, Richard Byrne, Jane Lenehan, Karen English and Ste...
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30 • August 2015 Bulletin Cambridge Branch Visit to the BlackBar Brewery 2015 http://blackbar.co.uk/ O n Friday 26th June 2015, the IAT Cambridge Branch paid a second visit to the BlackBar Brewery in Harston, Cambridgeshire. Following a disappointing attendance but excellent event in April 2014, the Branch organised taxi transport from and return to Cambridge City for this year’s event for a total cost of £11pp including beer and buffet! This was in part due to the generous sponsorship and support provided by IMPEX. With a similar format to the first visit, Joseph Kennedy (aka ‘Brewmonkey’) provided a warm welcome and was very hospitable to the group of fourteen attendees. We were promptly presented with drinking vessels and access to the two beers on tap for the evening; ‘Blacklight’ (a personal favourite!) and ‘BlackBar Bitter’. The atmosphere was casual, relaxed and friendly as the buffet of delicious locally sourced fare was unveiled. Following the selection of tasty cold meat, cheese, bread, couscous salad and quiches, which wonderfully complimented the beer being supped, the tour commenced. We were treated to a detailed overview of the brewing process with an opportunity to experience
30     August 2015  Bulletin  Cambridge Branch Visit to the BlackBar Brewery 2015  http   blackbar.co.uk   O  n Friday 26t...
Bulletin August 2015 • 31 some of the fragrance and flavours provided by the raw ingredients. Did you know that to add flavour to a beer the ingredient must be added at the beginning of the brewing process but to add fragrance the ingredient must be added at the end? Joseph provided great insight into his knowledge and passion for brewing. BlackBar Brewery try to operate in as ‘green’ a manner as possible and indeed Joseph can often be seen delivering barrels of his beer to local pubs on his adapted delivery bicycle! There are even photos of Jo using a Cambridge punt (a flat type of boat) to get beer to the annual Cambridge Beer Festival! Following the tour there was a tempting selection of cakes to relish and plenty of time to enjoy the beer in a sociable manner. We were provided samples of some of the flavoursome bottled beers currently available; ‘Dovestep’, ‘Major Blacklight’ and ‘Dead Unicorn’ (not as morbid as it sounds but a lament for a now defunct pub called The Unicorn). There was even an opportunity to purchase a top-up of beer for enjoyment at home! Many thanks go to Joseph and Tony, for providing another thoroughly enjoyable evening. The Branch wishes BlackBar Brewery all the best in their future brewing and already look forward to our next visit! A special thanks to IMPEX Services international Limited for kindly sponsoring the event. Sam Jameson Branch Reporter
Bulletin  August 2015      31  some of the fragrance and flavours provided by the raw ingredients. Did you know that to ad...
32 • August 2015 Bulletin IAT SHS Branch An introduction to the work of Medical Detection Dogs Guest Speaker: Sue Surbey and ‘Casper’ 7th October 2015 at 7pm Surrey venue Contact: shsiat@aol.com for details
32     August 2015  Bulletin  IAT SHS Branch  An introduction to the work of Medical Detection Dogs Guest Speaker  Sue Sur...
RSPCA/APHA meeting on the welfare of wild animals used in regulated procedures Tuesday, 8 September 2015, Southern England This meeting aims to bring together animal technologists, researchers, veterinarians and students with an interest in the welfare of wild animals used in research in the laboratory and field, for a programme of talks and discussion, and opportunities to make contacts and to share ideas and experiences. Talks will address a range of welfare-related topics including refinement of procedures, housing, husbandry and care, welfare assessment and release from the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. There will also be a poster session. The registration cost is £65, which covers lunch and refreshments. If you are interested in attending, please contact the RSPCA: research.animals@rspca.org.uk RSPCA/UFAW 22nd Rodent and Rabbit Welfare Group meeting 2015 Friday, 23 October 2015, North-east England The RSPCA/UFAW Rodent and Rabbit Welfare Group brings together people from a range of backgrounds with a common interest in the behaviour and welfare of laboratory rodents and rabbits. The meeting will include rodent and rabbit welfare and Three Rs-related presentations and posters, including an overview of behaviour, housing preferences of laboratory rabbits, welfare assessment of rabbits and rodents, refining procedures, welfare of aged mice and olfactory effects on mouse welfare. The registration cost for the meeting is £50, which covers lunch and refreshments. There are also 4 IAT CPD points and 5 LASA CPD points for the meeting. If you would like to register, please contact the RSPCA: research.animals@rspca.org.uk RSPCA AWERB Lay Members’ Forum Tuesday, 8 December 2015, London The RSPCA has been organising these annual meetings for lay and other members of Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies (AWERBs) since 1999. The meetings provide a forum for people to come together and share experiences of their work. Presentations on some of the many important issues that AWERBs cover are combined with opportunities for group discussion. To express an interest in attending this year’s Forum, please contact the RSPCA: research.animals@rspca.org.uk
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Bulletin August 2015 • 39 DIARY Dates 3 September London Branch Catch Up The Marlborough Arms, London Details from j.holby@ucl.ac.uk 3 September Herts & Essex Branch How Can We Teach an Old Dog New Tricks? Hertfordshire Details from hertsandessexsecretary@hotmail.co.uk 22 September Midlands Branch Trade Day Birmingham Details from biomedicalservices@bham.ac.uk 23 September LASA 3Rs Meeting – Birth to Study; 3Rs Animal Development and Transport South of England Details from info@lasa.co.uk 5 September Charity Ball London Details from elaine@lbs-biotech.com See page 18 23 September LASA 3Rs/UFAW Section Meeting – Improving the Welfare of Research Animals Stevenage Details from info@lasa.co.uk 8 September RSPCA/APHA Welfare of Wild Animals used in Research South East England Details from www.nc3rs.org.uk 23 October RSPCA/UFAW 22nd Rodent and Rabbit Welfare Group Meeting North East England Details from research.animals@rspca.org.uk 16 September NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium 2015 Central London Details from www.nc3rs.org.uk 25-27 November LASA Winter Meeting South of England Details from info@lasa.co.uk Cover photo: Cretan Goat – Linda Horan
Bulletin  August 2015      39  DIARY Dates 3 September London Branch Catch Up The Marlborough Arms, London Details from j....