Volume 51 - January 2015

Institute of Animal Technology Bulletin Wi shin g yo u al l a H app y, H eal thy a nd Prosperous New Year Vol 51 No 1 January 2015
Institute of Animal Technology  Bulletin  Wi shin g yo u al l a H app y, H eal thy a nd Prosperous New Year Vol 51 No 1 Ja...
Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 January 2015 EDITOR* Sarah Lane bulletineditor@iat.org.uk CONTENTS ASSISTANT EDITOR* Elaine Kirkum bulletinassistant@iat.org.uk Report on 170th Council Meeting ADVERTISEMENT MANAGERS PRC Associates Ltd mail@prcassoc.co.uk Congress Provisional 8-12 Scientific Programme and Workshops Announcements Published monthly by the Institute of Animal Technology *Registered Office: 5 South Parade Summertown Oxford OX2 7JL 5-7 Notice of IAT AGM 2015 11 6th Educational Stakeholders Meeting 13 Three Minute Interview 17-19 AS-ET 20-21 Suppliers Register i-xliv Branch News 25-37 ISSN 0263-2861 For enquiries other than Bulletin related contact: IAT ADMINISTRATOR* admin@iat.org.uk or 0800 085 4380 NACWO Exchange Final copy date for March Bulletin 1st February The opinions expressed in the Bulletin do not necessarily reflect those of the Editor or the Institute. 37 Situations Vacant 40-41 Diary Dates 43
Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 January 2015  EDITOR  Sarah Lane bulletineditor iat.org.uk  CONTENTS  ASSISTANT EDITOR  Elaine Kirkum...
Bulletin January 2015 • 5 Report on 170th Meeting of IAT Council held on 3rd December 2014 Promotion of the IAT IAT Council received a presentation on maximising the IAT’s commercial potential. The proposal was for a two month intensive strategy, to build on the IAT Career Pathway Structure, followed by a period of maintaining forward momentum. The proposal included a migration to a more online set-up, with up to date email databases and search engine dominance. The focus will then move to the IAT’s wider education offering and building relationships with education establishments, both in the UK and Europe. Council discussed the proposal and agreed to carry the decision over to January when wider consultation and a number of further issues had been resolved. IAT Manual of Animal Technology Stephen Barnett, Editor of the IAT Manual of Animal Technology, attended the Council meeting to give an update on progress with the new edition. There have been problems with some authors not keeping to deadlines and so the publication date had not been set. It is hoped that the Manual will be ready to go to a publisher in June 2015. P. John Kelly Council were saddened to hear of the passing of John Kelly, who has had a long association with the IAT. John had been very involved over the years in the IAT education system and had worked tirelessly for the IAT. Council agreed to send a donation to the Hinchingbrooke HCH Charity in memory of John. An obituary appears in this issue of the Bulletin. IAT Career video The IAT Careers video is now available on the IAT website. This video has been very well received and is a very useful resource for introducing people to a career as an animal technologist, being freely available. It was suggested that IAT Branch Secretaries were made aware of the video so that it could be shown at Branch AGMs. IAT Career as an Animal Technologist leaflet Whilst it was recognised that there is a move away from “hard copy” leaflets towards electronic versions, there is still a need for the career leaflets. These are used by people attending school talks and visits, giving a basic idea of what
Bulletin  January 2015      5  Report on 170th Meeting of IAT Council held on 3rd December 2014 Promotion of the IAT IAT C...
Bulletin January 2015 • 7 a career in animal technology is all about. It was therefore agreed that the leaflet will be updated. Branch Reps There was a Branch Reps meeting prior to the Council meeting, with eight Branches sending representatives. Questions ranged from IAT qualifications, Congress and how to stand for Council. Details on the IAT qualifications and Career Pathway will be issued in future IAT Bulletins to ensure everyone understands how to progress from one level to the next. The increased cost of Congress was queried. Costs for Congress have been kept at the same level for many years, resulting in lower quality venues. In order to utilise better equipped venues, delegate fees need to rise. The cost of attending Congress is still in line with other comparable meetings. Details on how to stand for Council have been published in the Bulletin and Branch Secretaries have received information to pass on to Branch members. Council members are happy, if requested, to attend Branch AGMs to give firsthand accounts of what being a member of IAT Council involves. HE Education The IAT are now the Awarding Body for the Level 4, 5 and 6 qualifications. As such, under Ofqual regulations, they can no longer continue to deliver the qualification as it was therefore proposed that a College be set up to deliver the courses. This will be the College of Laboratory Animal Science & Technology (CLAST). Further details on CLAST will be given at the IAT 6th Educational Stakeholders meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 17th March, the Tuesday of the opening of Congress, at the Congress venue. Full details appear in the announcement on page 13 of this issue and registration will be by a dedicated link on the IAT website. CPD Certification It was proposed that in future electronic CPD certificates be issued to course organisers. It was also agreed that there should be a cost implication to this, as the IAT CPD accreditation enhances commercial courses for attendees. The CPD application form and related documents will be amended to include this new cost. IAT Speakers There had been a call for people to speak to groups of students undertaking the Apprenticeship and also to school children. A list of volunteers will be set up and appropriate training can be provided. If any member is interested in becoming a volunteer, they should contact the Administrator in the first instance. The next meeting of the IAT Council will be in January 2014.
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Provisional Scientific Programme The booklet distributed with this issue sets out the full Platform Programme with abstracts and speakers. Also in this issue we are publishing the announcements for 5 workshops. Full details appear in the booklet. FINAL Call for Posters CLOSING DATE TO SUBMIT A POSTER IS FRIDAY 30th JANUARY Be quick and we can publish your abstract in the Congress Handbook DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! 17th – 20th March 2015 PROVISIONAL SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME www.iat.org.uk/congress.html and find us on Any questions? Email congress@iat.org.uk and a Committee Member will reply asap!
Provisional Scientific Programme The booklet distributed with this issue sets out the full Platform Programme with abstrac...
Bulletin January 2015 • 11 NOTICE of IAT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015 The twenty-ninth Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Animal Technology will be held at: IAT Congress on Tuesday 16th April 2015 at 18.00hrs For the following purposes: 1. To consider the minutes of the twenty-eighth Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 8th April 2014 (as published in full on the Members’ section of the IAT website and in abridged form in the Bulletin volume 50.6, June 2014). 2. To receive and consider the Company’s annual accounts for the year ended 31 December 2014 together with the Annual Report and the Auditors’ report. 3. To appoint Auditors of the Institute. 4. To review the Council’s objectives for 2014. 5. To elect members of the Council who are proposed for re-election by rotation under the terms of the Articles of Association and any such new members to fill existing vacancies. 6. To elect a President and Vice-Presidents for the ensuing year. 7. To consider the election of Life and Honorary Members of the Institute. 8. Any other business. DATED: January 2015 STEVE OWEN (Chair of Council) LINDA HORAN (Honorary Secretary)
Bulletin  January 2015      11  NOTICE of IAT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015 The twenty-ninth Annual General Meeting of the I...
Bulletin January 2015 • FOR HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW …! Keith Davies, who has held the IAT Membership qualification for many years, and a great supporter of the Institute, recently gained a PhD for his thesis, Emotional dissonance among UK animal technologists: evidence, impact and management implications. IAT Council was delighted to elect Keith as a Fellow (FIAT) in recognition of this achievement. Keith was presented with his diploma by Charlie Chambers, Chair of the Registration and Accreditation Board. 15
Bulletin  January 2015      FOR HE   S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW      Keith Davies, who has held the IAT Membership qualificatio...
Bulletin January 2015 • 17 Three Minute Interview Name: Brian Cass Job title: CEO, Huntingdon/Harlan Vice President, Institute of Animal Technology Describe yourself in 3 words “Informal, Listener, Analytical” Or “Likes having fun!” What is your earliest memory? Frankly I don’t remember much before my first day at school… and then only that I got punched in the face on the way home… by someone that later became one of my closest friends; which I guess shows I don’t bear a grudge! When you were at school, what or who did you want to be and why? Jackie Milburn who played for Newcastle United, our local hero. What was the first music album you bought? Probably something by the Beatles. If you could have dinner with one person, who would that be and why? My wife, I see too little of her! What is the best advice you have been given? Try not to antagonise anyone you don’t have to as they might end up as your boss one day. What is your next goal in life? Making a real success out of the recent Huntingdon/Harlan merger and creating a company that is great to work with and great to work for. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why? South America and to be more specific probably Chile. Their wines are so great and reliable!
Bulletin  January 2015      17  Three Minute Interview Name  Brian Cass Job title  CEO, Huntingdon Harlan Vice President, ...
Bulletin January 2015 • 19 What is your favourite quote or saying? I love the quips from Groucho Marx like: “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.” “Those are my principles and if you don’t like them well I have others.” What is the most important thing your job has taught you? To take business very seriously but not to take yourself seriously. Cup of tea or stiff drink? I drink countless cups of weak black tea during the day but in the evenings… Favourite colour? Purple. I must have 25 shirts that colour. Favourite place? Portugal, great people, great weather and great wine! Last book you read? Eric Clapton’s autobiography. Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel “Personal”. I love all those books. Name something that annoys you? People driving at 60mph in the outside lane with nothing on the inside lane, usually on the A1 going north on a Friday night! Printable most embarrassing moment? Phoning the home of a Consultant we were using and insisting several times to his real wife that we’d all had dinner together the previous week… Oops! He never worked with me again! Hobbies or interests Nothing too strenuous: listening to music, watching films, walking (leisurely), cycling (leisurely!)… oh and eating out. We apologise to Brian for the typo published on page 14 of the December Bulletin (50.12) where CBE inadvertently became CBA. Editor
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20 • January 2015 Bulletin AS-ET 5th Anniversary The Trustees of AS-ET wish all the readers of this column a happy and enjoyable 2015. This will be an important year for AS-ET as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary. We hope you will join us at the special events we have planned. The main events are listed below but look out for the announcement of others during the year: 17th February 2015 – AS-ET Young Presenters Symposium at the IAT West Middlesex Branch Technician Trade Day. 17th – 20th March 2015 – Silent Auction, AS-ET Sponsored Platform Session, AS-ET Reception at the IAT Congress 2015. 5th September 2015 – AS-ET Fund Raising Ball in London. Official Supporters If you are not an official supporter already please consider becoming one in 2015. Official supporters are an essential part of our work because they provide us with a regular income that we can use to help further education and promote excellence in the care and welfare of animals used in science. If you join in 2015 you will be entered into a prize draw for a pair of tickets to the ball and will be given an AS-ET wristband. You can sign up for £24.00 a year, just £2.00 a month. Application forms can be downloaded from our website, www.as-et.org.uk
20     January 2015  Bulletin  AS-ET 5th Anniversary  The Trustees of AS-ET wish all the readers of this column a happy an...
Bulletin January 2015 • 21 AS-ET is a charity set up to advance education and promote excellence in AS-ET is charity of up to advance education and the care andawelfare set animals used in science. promote excellence in the care and welfare of animals used in science. To see how a charity to advance a bursaryand promote excellence in the care and AS-ET is you can apply for education visit our website (www.as-et.org.uk) To see of animals used in for a bursary visit our website (www.as-et.org.uk) welfarehow you can applyscience. The companies listed below sponsor AS-ET. If you would like to join them The companies listed below sponsor to find out more please to the website Sponsors of AS-ET are listed below and AS-ET. If you would likevisitjoin them find www.as-et.org.uksupport us by lookingat our website. out how to to find out how support us by looking at our website.
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Bulletin January 2015 • 23 IAT West Middlesex Branch 4th Annual Technician Trade Day AS-ET 5th Anniversary Young Presenter Symposium Date: Tuesday 17th February 2015 Venue: Central London Time: 09:30-16:00 Easy access by Public Transport Entry by registration only* (*ALL Trade delegates attending must register using the same link below) Last year over 30 companies and 300 delegates attended Full Scientific Programme To register please follow the link below http://www.iat.org.uk/machform/view.php?id=5348 Registration enquiries Julie Bee Julie.bee@ca ncer.org.uk Trade enquiries (To attend either as a trade delegate or with a stand please contact) Wayne Russell wrussell@allentowninc.com Sponsorship opportunities are available
Bulletin  January 2015      23  IAT West Middlesex Branch  4th Annual Technician Trade Day  AS-ET 5th Anniversary Young Pr...
Bulletin January 2015 • 25 Oxford Branch Scientific Symposium O n the afternoon of Wednesday December 3rd the IAT Oxford branch held their fourth annual scientific symposium, with a general theme of a Culture of Care. There was a change of venue for this year’s symposium which was held at the Mary Lyon Centre, (MRC) Harwell. We had a small trade exhibition with eleven companies attending including Agenda, Harlan, 1st Biotech, Surrey Diagnostics, ARMIS, LBS, Impex, B&K Universal, Datesand and Tecniplast. The symposium, as on previous occasions, was a great success with a varied programme of interesting lectures. After registration lunch was served in the pavilion, where the participating trade exhibitors had set up allowing plenty of time for everyone to visit the various stands. It then fell upon the chair for this symposium Sara Wells, Chief Executive of the MLC, to open the meeting. The programme began with the following lectures – Tim McGuire, Agenda Resource Management Ltd. Welfare First – Caring for the staff who care for the animals Welfare First is a programme introduced by Agenda that looks at welfare from a different perspective. It was developed to recognise and articulate better the importance of welfare within the life sciences sector. The premise is that animal welfare is a priority but so is the welfare of the dedicated people working with the animals and also the welfare of the life science sector itself. The Welfare First programme introduces the concept of a Welfare Contract and joins up the dots on how the delivery of great welfare is coordinated by the connecting of otherwise separate factors. Kathryn Chapman, National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research Kathryn Chapman leads the innovation and translation group at the NC3Rs whose aim is to increase the availability of new technologies and approaches
Bulletin  January 2015      25  Oxford Branch Scientific Symposium  O  n the afternoon of Wednesday December 3rd the IAT O...
26 • January 2015 Bulletin which reduce animal use across the biosciences. Her PhD is in the genetics of osteoarthritis and she has previously carried out research at the University of Manchester, Harvard Medical School and GlaxoSmithKline generating transgenic mouse models for drug development and disease modelling. She has been at the NC3Rs for almost 10 years and has worked with over 40 companies in the US and Europe in various cross-company data-sharing initiatives to improve scientific and business processes through minimizing animal use. More recently Kathryn has initiated and directed the NC3Rs challenge-led open innovation platform, CRACK IT which aims to increase cross-discipline and cross-sector industry/academic partnerships in applied research and commercialise 3Rs technologies. Keith Davies, Operational Director, Joint Biological Services, Cardiff University. Emotional challenges endured by animal technologists: evidence, impact and management implications The early perception that animal technologists can endure emotional challenges in the workplace has largely emanated from research in the US published in and around the 1970s. There was however a dearth of literature focussing specifically on the UK workforce thus prompting Keith’s PhD research programme which sought to redress the balance. The thesis was successfully presented for examination in November 2013 at Plymouth University Business School. Through qualitative and quantitative methods the data revealed evidence of the well-established research construct ‘Emotional Labour’ and furthermore, significance was seen associated with feelings of guilt, linking with gender affect and the major emotional trigger point of animal euthanasia. He provided a brief summary of the research and conclusions, which have the potential to generate discussion points on where management challenges exist alongside the emotional elements. Marie Hutchison, Mutagenesis Manager and NACWO, Mary Lyon Centre, MRC, Harwell. Care of ENU-treated and ageing mutant mice The Mutagenesis programme at Harwell uses N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) to induce untargeted point mutations in mice. These mice are then screened for a range of phenotypic disorders most relevant for clinical studies. However, the induction of random mutations leads to animals exhibiting a variety of unpredictable adverse effects. Animals that have been treated with ENU
26     January 2015  Bulletin  which reduce animal use across the biosciences. Her PhD is in the genetics of osteoarthriti...
Bulletin January 2015 • 27 require additional welfare regimes through the injection period and aftercare throughout their life. By continuously reviewing the data from previous experiments we have been able to put in place regimes of care which make the most effective use of these mice in terms of breeding, without causing any compromise to their welfare. We have experience in the care and welfare of 18 month old aged mutant mice. Basic and thorough cage-side observations and weighing regimes are essential in looking for any abnormalities or welfare concerns. Experience of the normal appearance and behaviour of a healthy animal is essential, so that even very subtle differences can be monitored from the time they appear. These observations and the accurate records that accompany them have been crucial in the discovery of new phenotypes and the refinement of humane endpoints. John Bowler, Resource Manager, Mary Lyon Centre, MRC, Harwell. Yesterday: A look back at life as an Animal Technician many years ago At the age of sixteen I went for my first interview here at the Medical Research Council, Harwell where I was fortunate to be offered the position as a junior animal technician. I then made a major decision to leave school and take up the position continuing further education by attending college in London. Since that day I have remained in employment here at Harwell, holding many positions and experiencing vast changes in animal husbandry and scientific research. The presentation offered a personal view of leaving school and starting my working life as an animal technician. I revisited the early years looking back at various topics such as animal husbandry, working practices and environment. Following the presentations the winner from the poster competition was announced. Cash prizes for the poster competition were kindly donated by Agenda and the IAT Oxford branch. The standard and quality of the posters on show were very impressive. The winning poster was submitted by Marie Hutchison and Rosie Hillier from the Mary Lyon Centre Harwell, entitled “Rodent Welfare Group: Discussing Humane Endpoints”. Well done to everyone who participated and thanks to the judges Tim McGuire, Keith Davies and Ross Millard.
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28 • January 2015 Bulletin At the end of the programme the meeting was closed by the chair, presentations to the speakers and a prize draw for everyone who attended. This was followed by a wine reception on site. Our thanks go to Sara Wells for chairing the meeting, the MLC for the use of their facilities, the IAT Oxford branch committee members for all of the organising, the poster exhibitors and all of the speakers and everyone who attended the event. Finally our appreciation and thanks go to the exhibiting sponsors of this event with a special mention also to our two main sponsors Datesand and Tecniplast. At the end of the event any sponsors and committee members who could make it were invited to an after Symposium dinner at a local pub/bistro. Unfortunately we were a little early and it was still closed, so as this was the village where I was born, I suggested we all convene at my mother’s house for a cup of tea instead! A quick call to “Mum” and seven of us went round. A nice cup of tea and biscuits was followed by Mum bringing out her homemade sloe gin! This went down well before we all said goodbye and finally made our way to the pub/bistro. John Bowler Branch Reporter
28     January 2015  Bulletin  At the end of the programme the meeting was closed by the chair, presentations to the speak...
Bulletin January 2015 • 29 Surrey, Hampshire & Sussex Branch Beer and Race Meeting O n a very wet and windy Saturday 4th October, sixteen members and friends of the SHS Branch met at Ascot race course for the 8th Ascot CAMRA Beer Festival. Our very wet (from the rain) Treasurer Stuart was there at the entrance to hand over the tickets and in the spirit of a true “keeper of the branch funds” was able to sell four unused tickets to one of the local touts. Although the racing is flat, the drinks are anything but. This year’s festival was the biggest yet with more than 240 thirstquenching real ales, ciders and Perry’s on offer. The biggest problem with so many people there, it was difficult (if not impossible) for us all to meet up. There was a full racing programme with superb prize money including the Tote pool Challenge Cup (Heritage Handicap) worth over £72,000 to the winner. Quite a few of our party had a flutter with some even making a few quid on the day. Most of us left early evening with one or two going to a local for a top up. Thanks again to Dan for attending and Sychem Ltd for sponsoring the event. Stuart Mackrell Branch Reporter
Bulletin  January 2015      29  Surrey, Hampshire   Sussex Branch Beer and Race Meeting  O  n a very wet and windy Saturda...
30 • January 2015 Bulletin Herts & Essex Annual Branch Quiz Night O n the chilly evening of the 6th November about 60 people whose ages ranged from one week to (just over) 60 years arrived at the Herts and Essex annual quiz night location. It was an impressive turnout this year with 12 teams competing to win first prize of wine and chocolates while avoiding the wooden spoon. There was a raffle with several great prizes and a tasty buffet with a great selection of food. Our quizmaster was Hazel Sleight who did a sterling job at getting everyone settled and back after the buffet break. There were 6 quiz sections and the usual debate around one or two answers, however we can confirm that the first person to be murdered on live TV was Lee Harvey Oswald and not JFK so the quizmaster was of course correct. Thanks to Kay Dowse for organising the questions and answers. Young quizzer Alfie with his granddad The final scores were as follows: Team Points Beechams Cold and Flu 41 Jason and the Argonauts 37 Boxing Clever 37 Bunny Smugglers 37 Bright Sparks 36 Misfits 33 Team Poppy 29 Toxic Lab Rats 28 Them at the Back 27 Norfolk Enhance 20 Loners 13 Hazel our H&E Quizmaster You could hear a pin drop
30     January 2015  Bulletin  Herts   Essex Annual Branch Quiz Night  O  n the chilly evening of the 6th November about 6...
Bulletin January 2015 • 31 There was a 3-way draw for second place, which went to a tie breaker question; the closest guess to how many miles long is Route 20 in America (3365) was Jason and the Argonauts who guessed 3001 miles. We would like to thank everyone who came to the quiz and supported our IAT branch and of course our lovely sponsors Agenda and Aston Pharma without whom this event would not have been possible. Jo Cruden Branch Reporter Silent Auction at Congress 2015 As you will be aware 2015 is the 5th anniversary of AS-ET and our aim is to increase membership and to raise funds. Following the successful Silent Auction held at Congress last year (we raised £800) there will be another one held this year on the first evening of Congress at the Trade Reception. Many of the trade stands will have an item that you can bid on and these items will vary from a cuddly toy, chocolates to electronic gadgets, so please ensure you visit all the stands. You can bid on as many as you like. Remember this isn’t about getting a bargain but to raise funds for AS-ET. If you are not attending Congress your membership is just as important and for a minimum donation of £6.00 you can become an official member. Contact me for further information elaine@lbs-biotech.com or visit the AS-ET website www.as-et.org.uk
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Bulletin January 2015 • 33 The 3Ts – Technicians, Trade and Teamwork The Joint IAT Huntingdon Norfolk and Suffolk (HNS) and Cambridge Branches Autumn Symposium 2014 On Wednesday 19th November 2014 the 8th Joint Branch Autumn Symposium took place at HLS. The symposium was attended by approximately 120 delegates including technicians, managers, trade representatives and a local Home Office Inspector. The remit of the 2014 symposium was the collaboration of local technician input, trade supplies and the necessity for teamwork in their contribution to the success of the animal technology industry. The symposium was kindly sponsored by twelve companies. There was an opportunity to view trade stands and some locally produced scientific posters before the Symposium was officially opened by the HNS Branch President, David Spillane and the Cambridge Branch Chair, Theresa Langford. Chair for the Symposium James Bussell, opened the event with some ‘Trade Flash Presentations’. All sponsors were provided with the opportunity to give a strict one minute presentation on their company. The format had been adopted from IAT Congress 2014 and was received very positively by the audience. The trade presentations were diverse in style and provided interesting insight into the company histories, ethos and products. Following the trade presentations were a total of 9 ten minute talks from local technicians, including award winners, aspiring young technicians and some established managers on a variety of subjects and species. There were a number of thought provoking ideas and 3Rs topics publicised. Some highlights of the talks were: – Learning how Beagle future breeding stock is ‘temperament tested’ in novel environments. – Finding out that the neurodegenerative Sandhoff disease mouse model may learn where to expect to find food (mash) in a cage.
Bulletin  January 2015      33  The 3Ts     Technicians, Trade and Teamwork The Joint IAT Huntingdon Norfolk and Suffolk  ...
34 • January 2015 Bulletin – Seeing how environmental enrichment can be provided for avian species, such as ‘duck baths’. – Learning how juvenile Beagles are successfully trained and used for drug dosing using the oral administration route. – Hearing how the saphenous vein in the Guinea pig can be successfully used to get a sufficient blood volume for antibody studies. – Finding out that ageing mice like to exercise and that the use of an exercise wheel may be good for both physiological and psychological wellbeing in mice. – Seeing how the efficacy of Zebrafish genotyping was improved whilst maintaining high standards of welfare. – Learning that for mice, cage changing is a more stressful experience than receiving an injection. – Hearing all about the care of a Naked Mole rat colony and seeing videos of their behaviours as a novel species in the research environment. (They are no longer seen as ‘ugly’. Every technician wants to work with them now!) The final presentation of the evening was by Keynote speaker, Dr Stuart Armstrong, from DSTL Biomedical Sciences. The title was ‘PK Studies in Guinea pigs’ and included an interesting insight into the work undertaken to provide ‘counter measures’ and protection against nerve agents as used in warfare and terrorism.
34     January 2015  Bulletin      Seeing how environmental enrichment can be provided for avian species, such as    duck ...
Bulletin January 2015 • 35 The evening was closed with gifts being presented to the speakers, a prize draw and a buffet. Feedback from the evening has been extremely positive. A big thanks again to all the speakers who contributed to a fantastic evening! Everyone enjoyed the variety and pitch of the talks. Many thanks to the following companies for kindly sponsoring this event: 1st Biotech Ltd, Datesand Group, Edstrom, Harlan, Huntingdon Life Sciences, Linton Instruments, Scanbur, S3 Science, Steris, Sychem, Tecniplast and The Cube. We hope to continue the success of the Joint Symposium in 2015. Keep an eye on the Bulletin for further details! The Huntingdon Norfolk & Suffolk and Cambridge Branches would like to express their sadness at the passing of John Kelly FIAT who sadly passed away on the morning of the symposium. Sam Jameson Branch Reporter
Bulletin  January 2015      35  The evening was closed with gifts being presented to the speakers, a prize draw and a buff...
36 • January 2015 Bulletin Surrey, Hampshire & Sussex Branch Scientific (non) meeting T he SHS Branch was planning to hold its scientific meeting on the 10th of September with two speakers from Harlan. The first talk was due to be “Utilising IVF Technology to apply the R3’s”. The second on “What’s in your feed” on the influence of dietary ingredients on experimental data. Unfortunately the event had to be cancelled at the last minute due to lack of attendees. There was an issue with the email address in the Bulletin which may have contributed to lack of numbers, although sending posters with an alternative contact did not attract any interest either. As we felt it unfair to ask the speakers to travel from Oxfordshire to attend for an audience of 6 or 7, it was decided to cancel the event. We did in fact get a couple of additional names very late on but by then it was too late. Although we do have some members willing to attend what was planned to be a purely scientific meeting, the majority do not seem interested in such topics, or willing to give up their own time. Apologies to those that had planned to attend, to Harlan who were due to sponsor the event and to the proposed speakers. Stuart Mackrell Branch Reporter
36     January 2015  Bulletin  Surrey, Hampshire   Sussex Branch Scientific  non  meeting  T  he SHS Branch was planning t...
Bulletin January 2015 • Attention ALL NACWOs We are pleased to announce the launch of two exciting initiatives for Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs): NACWO section on IAT website www.iat.org.uk A dedicated NACWO section on the members’ area of the IAT website will be available soon. Folders containing information and references relating to: Enrichment, Training and CPD, Experimental procedures, Surgical procedures, Animal behavioural information and NACWO exchange documentation (see below) will be available. Access to this area of the website can be requested through the IAT Website Co-ordinator website@iat.org.uk NACWO exchange programme In order to provide NACWOs with opportunities to develop strong networks, learn about different facilities and programmes of work, share best practice and gain valuable Continuing Professional Development, the IAT is keen to promote a NACWO exchange programme. Information on the initial pilot visits for the NACWO exchange programme were presented at the IAT Congress in March and the RSPCA Rodent Welfare Group meeting in October. The programme gives interested NACWOs and Institutions the opportunity to host and arrange visits to other facilities. Checklists are provided as a guide to the visits and a flow chart on the process has been prepared. The exchange programme provides a great opportunity for people to meet and talk about their own experiences and to develop a network of NACWOs to support and learn from each other and further enhance the wellbeing of animals in our care. CPD points will be allocated for both visiting and hosting NACWOs. The Institute would also like to use information from these visits to feed into the Council Animal Welfare group. If you are interested please contact Andy Cunningham (ac572@le.ac.uk) for further details. 37
Bulletin  January 2015      Attention ALL NACWOs We are pleased to announce the launch of two exciting initiatives for Nam...
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Bulletin January 2015 • DIARY Dates 29 January Herts & Essex Branch AGM Details from hertsandessexsecretary@hotmail.co.uk 29 January Named Persons’ Workshop Central UK 30 January Congress 2015 Call for Posters and closing date See page 12 30 January North West Branch AGM and Pub Quiz Cheshire Details from northwestbranch@outlook.com 11 February NEE Branch Symposium Trade Day and AGM Sheffield Details from iatnortheastbranch@hotmail.co.uk Cover photo: Huskies – Malcolm Gamble 11 February Surrey, Hampshire & Sussex Branch AGM Surrey Details from francesca.whitmore@apha.gsi.gov.uk 17 February Middlesex Branch Young Presenter Symposium Central London Details from juliebee@cancer.org.uk or wrussell@allentowninc.com 17 March 6th Educational Stakeholders Meeting Scotland Details from www.iat.org.uk See page 13 17-20 March IAT Congress 2015 Scotland Details from www.iat.org.uk 43
Bulletin  January 2015      DIARY Dates 29 January Herts   Essex Branch AGM Details from hertsandessexsecretary hotmail.co...