FEB 05, 2014 03:00 PM PST

Measuring Teaching - Metrics applied to training in lab animal sciences

  • ACUC and IRB administrator, Lecturer, Animal & Veterinary Science , California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
      He received his BS degree in zoology and MS in Avian Sciences at UC Davis. His career is a mix of animals, chemistry, and people, which started in California, and included 19 years in Virginia and Maryland, and travel in 30 countries on five continents. Most of it has been as a research scientist type, conducting and managing studies with experimental animals in the disciplines of nutrition, physiology, and developmental biology. Bruce started in lab animal science using coturnix quail for his graduate thesis in nutritional toxicology. He has also worked at the bench (analytical chemistry) with dogs in protein metabolism and rats in carbohydrate nutrition studies (USDA), writing GLP toxicology reports (Hazleton), and preparing experimental diets with test substances (FDA). He has managed facilities utilizing transgenic mice at the NIH (14C!) and Caltech. Regulatory compliance is now his job, in the office of research at Cal Poly Pomona, administering both the lab animal and the human subjects research committees and assisting graduate students and PIs in their research efforts. Since the last century, Bruce has been a teacher and trainer, sharing knowledge with others, preparing educational materials, presenting training sessions, and mentoring externs. He was a teaching assistant in many college classes and assisted his supervisors to teach their courses and conduct laboratories. After receiving his LATG certification, he was asked to inaugurate a lab animal training course at the USDA in Maryland. He has developed a 15-week course on animal nutrition for a junior college, presented outreach talks to children at career days and RVT-students, and written on the subject of training and management. He also teaches at Cal Poly Pomona: laboratory animal management and animal research seminar to students of veterinary technology and educational research to credentialed teachers coming back for a masters. He went back to school in 2006 to obtain his CMAR and in 2009 to earn CPIA. And again in 2012 for his doctorate in educational leadership. Bruce holds memberships in many AALAS branches, LAMA, LAWTE (now its president), and PRIM&R. He has served on AALASs education and certification committees and sat on the Scientific Advisory Committee (he encourages managers to apply for GLAS money). He is a director of the California Society for Biomedical Research. He has coordinated many meetings - especially on the subjects of genetically-engineered mice and regulatory requirements. He is a recipient of the B&K IAT award, the AALAS George R. Collins Award for training and educating in laboratory animal science, and the Purina lab animal tech award. Currently, he serves as an ad hoc specialist with AAALAC, International, and is a past president of AALAS. As well as family (hes a proud Opa), he has dogs, fish, turtles, finches, and assorted wild critters in the yard. Gardening and wine-drinking are passions.


    The title of this presentation could have been Training within laboratory animal science - where we are and where we should be. While training has been the domain of facility managers for many years, the concept of a dedicated trainer is relatively new at minimum 20 years when measured by LAWTE. Ergo, the theme of metrics, measuring the recent milestones of training and accounting for training in a facility. The phrase One size doesnt fit all has a numerical overtone; that concept certainly applies to teaching. And as much as animal research varies across the world, so do the methods and measures of training effectiveness. The presentation will highlight various training metrics for the benefit of trainers, managers, and administrators.

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