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Vol 49 No 11 November 2013
Institute of Animal Technology
Vol 52 No 12 December 2016
Sarah Lane
Carole Wilson
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Vol 52 No 12 December 2016
Final copy date for
February Bulletin
1st January
The opinions expressed in the
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RAnTech and NACWO 5-9
Workshop Report
Congress 2017 9-11
Notice of IAT AGM 13
My IAT Youth rep 14-15
AS-ET 16-17
Suppliers Register i-xliv
Branch News 21-25
Named Persons’ Workshop 26-27
New e-learning tool 29
Situations Vacant 30
Diary Dates 31
December 2016
RAnTech and NACWO Workshop
one day workshop took place in Birmingham for Registered Animal
Technologists (RAnTechs) and Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers
(NACWOs) on Wednesday 12th October 2016 and was once again very well
attended. There were 53 delegates participating on the day, fifty percent of
which were RAnTechs.
The opening speaker Elliott
Lilley from the RSPCA gave a
presentation on the essential
role of NACWOs and
technologists on the Animal
Welfare Ethical Review Bodies
(AWERB). He summarised the
membership, role of the named
persons, competencies and
qualities and how technologists
should actively seek to serve on
their local AWERB stressing the
value animal technologists have
on the AWERB.
Hilary Willingale, Animals in Science
Regulatory Unit (ASRU) followed
Elliott and spoke about assessing
compliance and low level concerns in
establishments. Hillary continued by
explaining what the Home Office
identify as low level concerns, why
we should worry about them, how
Inspectors monitor them and how a
NACWO can be effective in this
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To summarise her presentation Hillary stated that animal technologists are key
to maintaining a good culture of care and it flows that effective animal
technologists are key to good welfare and good science.
There followed questions from the floor which included, ‘why are Inspectors
inconsistent?’ and ‘who is the new minister?’.
Mick Carling was the next speaker
from ASRU and he gave an update
on risk management, inspection
planning and resources in the
Home Office. Mick went on to say
that the Inspectors meet quarterly
to discuss those establishments
with the highest levels of risk and
to prepare an action plan for each
of them and explained how the
Inspectorate determine the
frequency of visits and Home
Office resources.
Wendy Steel (Chair IAT
Registration and Accreditation)
Board) gave the last presentation
before the break for lunch with an
update on the Science Council,
RsiTech. Wendy spoke about the
benefits of animal technologists
joining the Science Council which
includes boosting job satisfaction,
captures career development and
gives recognition beyond the
workplace and our professional
body, the IAT.
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A break for lunch gave an opportunity for networking, to catch up with old
friends and colleagues and to share ideas with other delegates before the
afternoon session.
The afternoon session consisted of a very thought provoking workshop led by
Sam Nicholls from Support 4Rs. Sam, his colleague Dermot McCann and all at
the company provide a support infrastructure with regard to animal rights
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protests for the public research institutions, universities and medical research
charities throughout the UK drawing on their past experience working within
the police force.
The room was divided into groups, each group given a scenario where there
had been, was to be or preparing for an infiltration of an establishment. After
discussing these topics in groups, summaries were placed on flip charts and
presented to the room.
In conclusion the day was very successful and worthwhile and created a great
deal of stimulation to those who attended.
Our thanks go to all the speakers and of course to the delegates who attended
on the day.
Cathy Godfrey
Registration and Accreditation Board
Provisional Programme now in place
Confirming Workshops and a Record number of
First Time Presentations
Provisional Programme in bitesize
O ten workshops with as many as
possible repeated over two days
O six young presenters making their
O the Kevin Dolan Memorial Lecture
will be ‘out of this world’
O popular poster presentations
O a flash trade session 30
participants in 1 minute slots
O and more to follow
Detailed information on the workshops
will be published in the Provisional
Programme booklet and distributed in
the January Bulletin.
Registering online for Congress
all packages and costs are set out in
the ‘Invitation Booklet’.
‘Invitation Booklet’ download at!congressc16th
To discuss any aspect of Congress with the Congress Committee or if you have any
questions, email
Check for updates
Early Birds note
the footer date
Attendance at all Workshops is by a PRE-BOOKING system
Further details will appear in the January 2017 issue
Tuesday 21st March
12.15 14.15 ‘IVC environmental health monitoring, 3Rs and colony management’
Patrick Hardy, Allentown
12.15 14.15 ‘Introduction to Zebra Danio’
Jon Faupel, Tecniplast
14.30 16.30 ‘Severity classification and reporting’
Kathy Ryder, Home Office
14.30 16.30 ‘NC3Rs playtime for rats’
Vicky Robinson, NC3Rs
Wednesday 22nd March
10.45 12.45 ‘How to be an AWERB champion’
Penny Hawkins, RSPCA
10.45 12.45 ‘Introduction to Zebra Danio’
Jon Faupel, Tecniplast UK
10.45 12.45 ‘Using the science of human behaviour to improve the welfare
of research animals’
Suzanne Rogers, Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare Community
10.45 12.45 ‘IVC environmental health monitoring, 3Rs and colony management’
Patrick Hardy, Allentown
13.15 15.15 ‘Severity classification and reporting’
Kathy Ryder, Home Office
13.15 15.15 ‘Working with minipigs all you ever wanted to know’
Adrian Zeltner, Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs
13.15 15.15 ‘Practical aseptic technique in surgery - basic’
Lucy Whitfield, Royal Veterinary College
13.15 15.15 ‘Nice to meet you… so what do you do for a living?’
Bella Williams and John Meredith, Understanding Animal Research
15.30 17.30 ‘Preparing to present for the first time’
Diana Baumann, Stowers Institute
15.30 17.30 ‘NC3Rs playtime for rats’
Vicky Robinson, NC3Rs
15.30 17.30 ‘Practical aseptic technique in surgery - advanced’
Lucy Whitfield, Royal Veterinary College
15.30 17.30 ‘How to be an AWERB champion’
Penny Hawkins, RSPCA
Timings are subject to change
So please check the Bulletin and website regularly for up-to-date information
December 2016
The thirty-first Annual General Meeting of the
Institute of Animal Technology will be held at:
IAT Congress on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 6pm
For the following purposes:
1. To consider the minutes of the thirtieth Annual General Meeting held
on Tuesday 8th March 2016 (as published in full on the Members’
section of the IAT website and in abridged form in the Bulletin Volume
52 No 6).
2. To receive and consider the Company’s annual accounts for the year
ended 31 December 2016 together with the Annual Report and the
Auditors’ report.
3. To appoint Auditors of the Institute.
4. To review the Council’s objectives for 2016.
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
8. Any other business.
Dated: December 2016
Ken Applebee (Chair of Council)
Linda Horan (Honorary Secretary)
Voting Rights are restricted to voting members only
December 2016
My IAT Youth rep experience
have been an animal technician at the Pirbright Institute for 3 years but it
was only when I moved from the Berkshire site to the Surrey site that I was
asked if I would like to be a youth rep for the Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire
branch of the IAT.
I was nervous at first but once I arrived at the first meeting everyone was super
friendly and I got chatting to the other technicians about where we were from,
which species we work with, etc. It was great to chat to like-minded people
about the job that we do.
During the meetings we discuss a variety of topics. We often discuss Congress
and it is great to chat about the different options available. We are always
encouraged to apply for competitions and spread the word to our peers. We
discuss all sorts of ideas including an animal technician exchange. It only takes
one person to come up with an idea and it just progresses from there. It is
brilliant to hear everyone’s views and the best thing about having a group of
this size is that whilst we are all “youth animal techs”, we all have a different
perspective coming from various establishments and units and working with
differing species. It is a great platform to exchange ideas.
There has been some excellent feedback and a few ideas we have come up with
in the meetings are actioned pretty soon afterwards. That lets us all know that
our opinions are valued and that our ideas are of relevance. The latest example
of this is the meeting that was held in May 2016. One of the main issues
discussed was AS-ET. Steve Barnett attended to talk to us and get some thoughts
about how to increase funding and awareness for the Animal Science Education
Trust. There were some great ideas that the group came up with and at the most
recent meeting we were informed that a lot of these proposals had been put
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into action. It is a very good feeling to know that the IAT youth members’ views
are valued and useful.
These meetings are a fantastic way to network, brainstorm and get your voice
Megan Cooper
* * *
I have worked as an animal technician for Manchester University for nearly
three years and for the past year I have been a youth rep for the North West
branch of the IAT.
It can be a daunting experience being new at these meetings, not knowing
anyone and not even being certain on what you will be discussing. However, the
environment is relaxed and everyone is easy to get to know. It is really good to
hear what institutions everyone works for and how each one differs in how it is
operated to the type of species it houses. This alone, has been a great platform
to explore different ideas throughout the meeting. For example, discussing
similarities and differences between each of our day to day routines has created
the idea of possibly starting an ‘animal technician exchange’ between
institutions. This gives technicians a chance to experience different types of
establishments, how other species are housed and maybe learn things to take
back to your own institution. Whether this is a short afternoon visit or something
longer, it has been a great idea that will hopefully develop further long term.
Another focus of the youth rep meetings is to raise awareness and gather
support for the Animal Science Education Trust (AS-ET). AS-ET is an important
organisation for animal technicians, as their bursaries can provide money for
short courses to higher education qualifications so helping with funding is
crucial. This past youth rep meeting in September, it was great to hear how
some of our ideas that we put forward in the previous meeting in May had
been implemented already. It is a good feeling to know that you can potentially
make a difference and that your voice is being heard.
Overall, attending the youth rep meetings has been a great opportunity and
definitely worthwhile. It has been a good chance to speak up on issues that you
or your peers have queries about and a great way to exchange ideas between
different technicians across the country who could have the same thoughts as
you or bring something to your attention that you had never thought about
before. It is something worth recommending to the people you work with to try
and get them more involved in the IAT!
Lois Byrom
December 2016
Christmas Greetings
The AS-ET Team would like to wish all readers best wishes for Christmas and
2017. If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to improve your qualifications
and you are having difficulty raising course fees remember you can apply to AS-ET
for a bursary. Details from
Christmas is the time when people think about making donations to charities
whose aims they agree with. Please consider making a donation to AS-ET and it is
easy to do through our just giving page
Annual Lecture
The AS-ET Annual lecture is the
highlight of our year. Professor
Robin Lovell-Badge FRS gave an
excellent lecture that was enjoyed
by all who attended. We are very
grateful to him for giving the
lecture twice, in London and
Manchester. We are also grateful
to our sponsors, IAT West Midlands
Branch, Agenda and Datesand.
A full report of the lecture will
appear in a later edition of the
James Bussell’s Great North Run
Last month we reported that James had completed the GNR and had raised over
£800 for AS-ET in the process. We can now report that the sum raised by James
has reached in excess of £1,000. We would like to thank James for this great
achievement. If you are feeling sad that you did not take part in this great event,
do not worry, you can still donate just go to the just giving site below
Robin Lovell-Badge
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AS-ET is a charity set up to advance education and promote excellence in
the care and welfare of animals used in science.
To see how you can apply for a bursary visit our website (
The companies listed below sponsor AS-ET. If you would like to join them
find out how to support us by looking at our website.
May 2014
AS-ET is a charity set up to advance education and promote excellence in
the care and welfare of animals used in science.
To see how you can apply for a bursary visit our website (
The companies listed below sponsor AS-ET. If you would like to join them
find out how to support us by looking at our website.
May 2014
AS-ET is a charity set up to advance education and promote excellence in
the care and welfare of animals used in science.
To see how you can apply for a bursary visit our website (
The companies listed below sponsor AS-ET. If you would like to join them
find out how to support us by looking at our website.
May 2014
AS-ET is a charity set up to advance education and promote excellence in
the care and welfare of animals used in science.
To see how you can apply for a bursary visit our website (
The companies listed below sponsor AS-ET. If you would like to join them
find out how to support us by looking at our website.
May 2014
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
AS-ET is a charity set up to advance education and promote excellence in
the care and welfare of animals used in science.
To see how you can apply for a bursary visit our website (
The companies listed below sponsor AS-ET. If you would like to join them
find out how to support us by looking at our website.
May 2014
December 2016
IAT West Middlesex Branch
6th Annual Technician Trade Day
We are pleased to announce our 6th Annual
Young Technician Symposium and Trade Show
The meeting is open to all
Date: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Venue: Central London
Time: 09:30-16:00
Easy access by Public Transport
Entry is by registration only*
Please register early as this event has limited spaces
(*ALL delegates attending including trade
must be registered)
To register please follow the link below
General registration enquiries
Please contact: Julie Bee
Trade enquiries
(To attend either as a trade delegate or with a stand)
Please contact: Wayne Russell
December 2016
IAT West Middlesex Branch
Inter-branch Charity Angling Match
Saturday September 3rd
he 2016 IAT Interbranch fishing match was held at Decoy Lakes, near
Peterborough. This event has been taking place for as long as I can
remember, with some of today’s participants not born when the first event
took place. The event used to be organised by the Hertfordshire and West
Middlesex branches on a rotation basis but for the last 5 years or more the
West Middlesex Branch has looked after the stewardship. The fishing match is
open to all branches and individuals. It is fished in teams of three and
individually. The venue is divided into 3 sections, each team fields one angler in
each section. Individuals not in a team, will draw their peg and also fish one of
the three sections.
The team event is based on points, with 1 point for first, 2 for second, etc.
The team with the lowest points total for all three members is the winner.
If the points are equal then the team with the highest accumulated weight of
fish will win.
The individual competition is based on weight. So the angler with the heaviest
weight of fish wins, the runner up has the second heaviest weight, etc.
2016 Doug Short Memorial Trophy
Winner Neil Fenner receiving the trophy
from joint organiser Wayne Russell
Trophies sponsored by Allentown Europe Ltd
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This format gives everyone a challenge, even if your team mates do not do
well, you can still compete for prizes as an individual, or if you are having a
bad day, your team could help you do well in the team event.
The main purpose of the event is to have an enjoyable day catching fish and to
raise money for our nominated charity Help 4 Heroes in the process.
1st MSD DT Floats B Total team points 8 (wins on total team weight)
Weight Section points
Ian Millin 71-11 2
Dean Townshend 56-02 1
Neil Riddy 20-05 5
2nd MSD DT Floats Total team points 8
Neil Fenner 89-1 1
Glyn Taylor 57-0 1
Ken Sawyer 21-5 7
Individual Results
Doug Short Memorial Trophy Individual Winner Neil Fenner 89 lbs 1 oz
Runner up Ian Millin 71 lbs 11 oz
Third place Charlie Lawrence 62 lbs 13 oz
Len Bagnall Memorial Trophy for the lowest recorded weight
Winner Colin Wilson 6 lbs 1 oz
On behalf of all the participants I would like to thank our sponsors Allentown
Europe Ltd, LBS and the venue owner, Decoy Lakes.
A very big thank you goes to Neil Riddy for his time and effort in organising
the venue and the administration on the day.
Wayne Russell
Branch Reporter
December 2016
SHS Branch report “RAT” event
1st October 2016
t was all aboard at Alton for another evening of real ale sampling on the Mid
Hants Railway Watercress line. The carriages were pulled by steam engine
92212 – British Railways Standard Class 9F from Alton to Alresford, stopping on
route at Ropley and Medstead and Four Marks. Alton, a market town famous
for its brewing tradition, is the eastern tip of the Watercress Line and at the
end of the station is one of the railway’s
Wagon Group restoration bases where
several out of commission engines and
carriages await reconstruction and
repair. Alresford is an attractive
Georgian market town and the home of
Hampshire’s watercress industry, from
which the railway takes its name.
Engine 92212
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We all managed to get onto
one carriage of the train which
has a capacity for 300 ale
swilling travellers. There were
17 in our group and the
evening’s activities included a
quiz and our regular hat
competition, themed silver this
year in honour of the 25th year
anniversary of the Branch. A
prize for the hat was kindly
donated by Agenda, our
sponsors for the evening and a
bottle of Prosecco was awarded
to Trevor from Lilly, a well
deserved win for sporting a
wooden engine on his head for
most of the evening. There was
also a bottle of Famous Grouse
Smoky Black Whisky for the
winning quiz team ‘England vs
Poland’ also from Lilly who
achieved a very respectable
score. The quiz proved a
popular addition to the evening
with a group of random
travellers asking to join in.
The train set off at 7.30pm making the journey up and down the line twice,
where people could embark the first time around at Alresford if they wished
then rejoined it before its last trip home. The engine changed ends at
Alresford where there was a ten minute wait providing an opportunity to
watch this enjoyable spectacle and for a few enthusiasts to climb into the
engine and chat to the drivers. It was also a chance to stretch legs, although
there was no shortage of exercise back and forth to the bar to replenish
glasses! The train also had a buffet car offering curry, burgers and chilli to soak
up the beer.
Thanks to Agenda for sponsoring the evening and to the Mid Hants railway for
some very good ale and an enjoyable trip into the past.
Lesley Hughes
Branch Reporter
December 2016
New e-learning tool launched
new e-learning resource has been launched to assist in training research
workers in the humane killing of laboratory animals. Created by Professor
Paul Flecknell and his team at Newcastle University, with funding from the
NC3Rs, it is the third scenario-based training module to be added to the FLAIRE
Learning website. Recipients of an NC3Rs Infrastructure for Impact award
euthanasia) in 2013, the group from Newcastle are developing a range of web-
based tutorials on best practice in the refinement of animal experiments.
The module places the user in situations they may encounter in the laboratory,
in order to improve and to test their understanding of the issues surrounding
euthanasia of animals. This first version of the tutorial deals with rodents but
future releases will include methods for use in other species.
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This free resource can be used as a basic introduction to the topic, a refresher,
or for more specific training necessary for continued professional development.
It has been specifically designed to meet the learning objectives of EU Module
6.1 “Humane methods of killing” and also includes text based material to
encompass the learning outcomes of EU Module 6.3. The online module
includes video material demonstrating the techniques listed in Schedule 1 of
A(SP)A and Annex 4 of EU 2010/63.
Other NC3Rs-funded e-learning modules, on laboratory animal anaesthesia for
minor procedures and the assessment of pain and distress in laboratory
animals, can be accessed via the NC3Rs resources page
Versions of all of the available modules that allow for the tracking of user
completion are available at FLAIRE Learning (
The Pirbright Institute, Ash Road, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0NF
Animal Technician (ref 16P-34)
The Pirbright Institute is a unique national centre that works through its highly
innovative fundamental and applied bioscience to enhance the UK capability to
contain, control, and eliminate viral diseases of animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans.
The Animal Services department is based within the Capability Directorate of The Pirbright Institute and undertakes
the daily care and welfare of experimental animals (covering species such as poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs, mice,
rabbits & guinea pigs) housed within The Pirbright Institutes animal facilities. The purpose of this role is to provide
essential support to the overall Institute objectives by undertaking the daily care and welfare of experimental animals
kept within The Pirbright Institutes animal facilities.
Main duties and responsibilities
G Day to day care, welfare and general husbandry of animals i.e. feeding, cleaning, watering and health monitoring.
G Assistance with the restraint of animals for the collection of samples and other welfare procedures.
G Cleaning, disinfection and fumigation of facilities and equipment as required, working to a high standard of
cleanliness at all times.
G Assistance with the processing of waste streams, inclusive of autoclave, incineration and fumigation.
G Meticulous attention to detail including record keeping, document control and the ability to adhere to written
methods & protocols.
G To assist with planned preventative maintenance and scheduled compliance testing within the facilities.
G To observe all Health, Safety and Biosecurity protocols relevant to the post and the associated duties.
G To hold a Home Office personal licence under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (as amended 2012)
This is a full time role of 42 hours per week with a requirement to work an 11 day fortnight rota system, for which
additional payment will be made. Please visit the Pirbright Institute website for full details and instructions on how
to apply;
Closing date: 1 January 2017.
December 2016
15 December
Final date for Poster Oral
Submissions at Congress 2017
18 December
Early Bird cut off date for
Congress registrations
26 January
Named Persons Workshop
Central UK
Details from
See pages 26-27
27 January
Final date to submit a poster
for Congress 2017
See page 9
14 February
West Middlesex 6th Annual
Technician Trade Day
Central London
Details from
See page 19
23 February
West Middlesex Branch AGM
Details from
21-24 March
Congress 2017
Latest updates
Details from
22-24 March
8th European Charles River
Short Course
Details from
See page 2
Cover photo: Super Moon Gail Thompson