FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST

From Mice to Moose; Fitting Your Training Program to a Variety of Situations

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  • Animal Program Coordinator Office of the Vice President for Research, Colorado State University, USA
      Denise Ostmeyer is the Animal Program Coordinator at Colorado State University, where her primary focus is training. She offers routine and specialized training for all personnel who work with lab. animals at the University. She is also involved with the Lab. Animal Technology program at Front Range Community College as adjunct faculty, advisory board member and IACUC committee member. She is an active member of AALAS, having held several positions with the Mile High Branch, and is currently serving on the national Committee on Technician Awareness and Development. Denise has held a variety of lab. animal positions including Veterinary Technician, Supervisor, Trainer, IACUC Coordinator and Post Approval Monitor, as well as working in private veterinary practice, wildlife management and rehabilitation.


    We all have to provide training; if our program is big or small, a germ-free mouse colony or field studies in Africa, centralized or not. Animal research programs, as varied as they are, have to meet their training requirements in ways that are specific and appropriate to each institutions unique needs. This presentation will discuss basic training requirements that could be similarly satisfied across institutions, and many specific training needs that each program has to creatively accommodate. Some strategies that will be discussed to meet training needs include centralized training personnel versus lab based training, various methods of delivery, record keeping systems, and required versus voluntary training. I will focus on strategies employed at a medium/ large university with a very diverse program and how we have accommodated all of our different scenarios.

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