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Just as there are many types of laboratory animals, there is a great diversity of people whose work involves animal care and use, including: the scientist who designs and conducts research, the veterinarian who supervises the care of animals, the animal caretaker or technician who monitors the animals while providing daily care, the representatives of a company that sells products or services used in laboratory animals.
To benefit these people the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, AALAS, was set up as an information network for those involved with laboratory animal science in any way. AALAS depends on its' members to remain informed and expand.
Members of AALAS hold the belief that humane laboratory animal care and use is basic to good science and have contributed to quality research for more than 35 years. The founders of AALAS saw a need for education in their field and began meeting regularly to share information. Their discussions laid the foundation for the biomedical field known as laboratory animal science.
AALAS members, whatever their interest in laboratory animal science have the opportunity for professional growth through involvement in national and local meetings, participation in certification training programs and access to AALAS publications and educational materials. Each branch has its own educational agenda, scientific and activities. technical presentations, workshops, tours of facilities, local training programs and regular social activities.
The AALAS Certification program serves two main purposes. It develops standards for competence and provides opportunities for certification at three different levels: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician, Laboratory Animal Technician and Laboratory Animal Technologist. AALAS certification is recognized at many institutions as an important factor in employment qualification and promotion.
Advances in science and technology are occurring rapidly. The field of laboratory animal science continues to be affected by these new developments.
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