FEB 09, 2017 01:30 PM PST

Professional Development: Cornerstone of a Strong Animal Care and Use Program

  • Director of Education & Scientific Affairs for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
      Dr. Nicole Duffee is the Director of Education & Scientific Affairs for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. She leads the AALAS Learning Library development team for the online learning platform and courses in laboratory animal science. She oversees and contributes to print and digital publications of AALAS educational resources. She directs the Grants for Laboratory Animal Science program. Dr. Duffee is a former president of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE).
    • Executive Director, AALAS and the AALAS Foundation
        With over 40 years of experience in association management, health care administration, and education, Dr. Ann Turner has served her communities in various manners. She is currently the executive director of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in Memphis, Tn. In that role, she is in charge of implementing policies established by the Board of Trustees, supervising staff, managing the financial resources, administering programs and services of the association, and overseeing the activities of the Foundation. Dr. Turner earned a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Education in Child Development and Family Relations from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Systems Planning and Development also from Penn State. Dr. Turner has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1989 and was awarded Fellow status in the American Society of Association Executives in 2006. She served on the Board of Directors for ASAE and the ASAE Foundation 2011 - 2013 and currently serves on the ASAE Foundation Research Committee. Ann is a member of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center IACUC.


      DATE: February 9, 2017
      TIME: 1:30pm PT, 4:30pm ET

      The animal research field has gotten more sophisticated with the use of genetically engineered animals, biohazardous agents, and advanced technologies; moreover, those who work with the animals in the laboratory setting have one of the most consequential assignments in the research arena. Trained and competent personnel are a cornerstone of any animal care and use program.  Individual career success is a combination of education, experience, continuing competence, professional development and personal commitment.  Integration of training and certification into programs demonstrates institutional commitment to quality research. It also enhances the program by providing staff with knowledge and training to address problems and situations that arise and to perform their job in a professional and effective manner.  Professional development programs offered through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, including the AALAS Learning Library and  the AALAS certification process, will be presented.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Enhance understanding of professional development as a fundamental tenet of an animal care and use program.
      • Increase awareness of educational resources for the laboratory animal science community.

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