FEB 05, 2015 01:30 PM PST

Training and Competency in Contemporary Animal Research Programs

  • Senior Director, AAALAC International, USA
      John Bradfield is Senior Director, Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC-International). He is a veterinarian and a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr Bradfield also has PhD in experimental pathology with scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing, vascular and platelet biology. Dr. Bradfield has had many years' experience with the accreditation process as an ad hoc consultant and ten years' service as a Council member of AAALAC International and as Council President. He has served as Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Attending Veterinarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also as the Chair Department of Comparative Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He has extensive experience in academic laboratory animal medicine, managing animal programs and working with animal care and use committees. Prior to his career in laboratory animal medicine, Dr Bradfield was a large animal practitioner. In his current role at AAALAC International, he is responsible for education and outreach activities. 


    The management of animal research programs has evolved into a complex and multifaceted endeavor. Scientific discovery moves at a fast pace and our knowledge of animal science is continually expanding, demanding that those engaged in animal care and resource management as well as research, have the appropriate skills to ensure scientific integrity and animal welfare. This presentation will briefly highlight: expectations regarding personnel training and competency; basic strategies for developing training and competency mechanisms; common pitfalls encountered in training programs; and reaffirm the importance of this component of research animal program management.

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