“Wilding” of Laboratory Mouse Gut Microbiota at GSU

Presented by
Michael W. Hart, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Rex A. Howard, DVM, DACLAM

For the past several years, one of Georgia State University’s (GSU) investigators (who studies inflammation and translational immunology) has had an ongoing study concerning the “wilding” of the laboratory mouse gut microbiota. We will discuss the mechanisms of wilding utilized, the success of the mechanism realized (shift in gut microbiota and immune phenotype), applications of the model, as well as challenges along the way.

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The Regulations, Policies, and Procedures for Caring About Your People

Presented by
Jarrod Nichol, MBA, PMP, CLSSBB

This presentation will focus on developing internal policies and procedures specifically for your staff. We will discuss some quick wins that can help set your animal care program on the path to true employee engagement that will have a huge positive impact on your overall animal care program.

What Type of Water Should Our Research Animals Drink, and Why?

Presented by
Robert C. Dysko, DVM, DACLAM

In this session, Robert C. Dysko, DVM, DACLAM, will provide background information on possible water sources as well as present options and recommendations regarding available methods to treat and condition drinking water at an institution.

6 Simple Tips That Will Significantly Improve Rodent Surgical Outcomes Webinar

Presented by
Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS

Participants will discover six simple but impactful tips to significantly improve surgical outcomes. This presentation is designed for individuals with minimal or no rodent surgical skills and is also a valuable opportunity for those with considerable experience wanting to improve outcomes as well as teach such key principles.

Reproducibility Of Animal Studies

Presented by
Nuno Henrique Franco, PhD

Frequent failure of clinical trials based on preclinical findings raises questions about the translational value of animal models. However, estimating the predictive validity of animal models is hindered by most ‘positive results’ being a consequence of methodological failures and uncontrolled biases, rather than treatment effects.

The Use of Performance Standards in the AAALAC Accreditation Process

Presented by
Javier Guillén, DVM

In this session, the use of performance standards by AAALAC International and institutional animal care and use programs, in general, will be discussed, as an example to follow for professionals and institutions participating in the AAALAC accreditation program or just willing to implement effective practices.

Working with Difficult Personalities

Presented by
Laura A. Conour, DVM, DACLAM
Pamela Straeter, MS, RLATG, CMAR, CPIA

Do you have a PI, colleague, or employee who you just dread working with? Is your day ruined when you see this person looming in the door of your office and stomping into your personal space? Have you tried deep breathing exercises but still find yourself grinding your teeth after a totally non-productive encounter? Are you starting to ask yourself, “is it me?” If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this topic should appeal to you!