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Workshop — Animal Welfare Laws

Be sure to plan your travel to arrive in time to attend this special workshop on Thursday, 9 April 2009 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

This workshop, organized at the request of the AFO and WOS leadership, will examine the animal welfare laws in the United States and the way those laws impact ornithological research.

Speakers will include:
  • Darrel Styles, DVM and
  • Jodie Kulpa-Eddy, DVM, both of the Animal Care program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Eileen Morgan of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health.
Morgan will give an overview and discuss the revision of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the “ILAR Guide”), a key publication from the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She will also discuss the involvement of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees in occupational safety and health issues.

Styles will speak about the pending revision of the AWA guidelines with regard to rats, mice, and birds.

Kulpa-Eddy will talk about the “3Rs” principles of animal welfare in research — replacement (with non-animal models), reduction (in the number of animals studied), and refinement (of methods).

Todd Katzner of the National Aviary will represent the views and experiences of the research community.

This workshop will give everyone a chance to ask questions and share concerns with the decision-makers, who rarely have an opportunity to meet with scientists who study wildlife. Please be sure to plan your travel so you can participate in this workshop.