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Organize a seminar on basics of Laboratory Animal Science in 2022

The seminar aims to train the neuroscience community in Greece regarding the new legislation and other changes in the use of laboratory animals in research. The proposed event (final form of the event is not decided yet) will include the following themes: • Legislative framework for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes-requirement for annual statistical data information • Authorization of facilities and experimental protocols • Requirement for Replacement, Reduction and Refinement: the 3Rs • Cost benefit analysis • Guidelines for writing an experimental protocol • Experimental design-Statistical analysis • Non-Technical Summaries • Roles and tasks in the animal facilities for experimental purposes • Requirements for education of persons using animals for research Given the circumstances, the event will be held in person (or hybrid form) in the premises of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki AUTh (https://kedea.rc.auth.gr/info.html) at the Research Dissemination Center or online (as a webinar).
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Organize a 1-day symposium “We have to talk about rodent surgery”

Surgery is an integral part of many animal experiments and 1-day symposium “We have to talk about rodent surgery”, 12 June 2022, Marseille, France Surgery is an integral part of many experimental studies. Planning must incorporate training, aseptic technique, anaesthesia and analgesia, and peri-operative care. Expert surgical practices result in measurably better outcomes and improved experimental validity. Rodent surgery is challenging and expensive. The animals are very small and require appropriate instruments and equipment. There are many choices to make when selecting anaesthetics and analgesics in a variety of situations. Post-operative care is crucial to the animal’s health and welfare. And personnel require constant training and improvement to ensure the best possible results. For experimental surgeons no consistent training or certification standards are applied throughout Europe and rodent surgeons often did not receive a fundamental surgical training because they are not medical scientists. Additionally, there is a clear need to increase communication in order to better promote exchange of knowledge and expertise within the surgical research community, to define standards and to develop guidelines for good surgical practice and training as well as to train experimental surgeons in a standardised and certified manner. This one-day symposium will offer practical guidance from international experts on solutions for state-of-the-art rodent surgery. The speakers are all well-known international experts in rodent surgery and perioperative care. For more information please see attached flyer and here: https://eclam.eu/home/public-employers/2022-rodent-surgery-symposium/
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SECAL´s Annual Scientific Meeting 2022

SECAL is organizing the X Annual Scientific Meeting in conjunction with the SECAL´s Annual General Assembly. This event will be hybrid. The on-site sessions will take at the main hall of the Jimenez Díaz Foundation in Madrid on November 16th, 2022. All sessions will be broadcast in streaming. Every two years, SECAL organizes a Scientific Meeting to animal technicians, animal caretakers, researchers, students and other personnel working in any field related to animal care and use in biomedical research. The event is totally free and open to everyone, both SECAL´s members and non-members. Although at the time of this request, the speakers of this conference have not been selected, the talks will be related with the “Culture of Animal Well-being” and will include the following sessions: 1) Practical Refinement 2) Personal management 3) Transparency and communication in animal research
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EXPOBIOTERIOS (EB) 2022 Hybrid

ExpoBioterios (EB) Hybrid will be a face-to-face and virtual event. The Conference will be held in the University of Antioquia in Medellín – Colombia (face-to-face) and the streaming hosted on a platform that will enhance the interaction of the attendees with the speakers. The scheduled days for the event will be September 29th and 30th, 2022.
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Speakers at FELASA Designated Veterinarian session

The directive 2010/63/EU estates in its article 25, Designated veterinarian establish the role of the veterinarian in animal facilities, i.e., ‘advisory duties in relation to the well-being and treatment of the animals’. Whereas other areas of the world have well delineated the role of this veterinarian, i.e. chapter four of The Guide in the USA and Canada, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK; in Europe there is a lack of harmonisation and depends not only on the Competent Authority of the country but also on the institution employing the veterinarian the description of the role and the extend to the veterinarian authority. There is thus a need for a harmonised guidance on the role of the Designated Veterinarian across Europe.This FELASA session will help to feed the experience of the European emerging countries in these recommendations for the Designated Veterinarian role.
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Support for conducting the 15th FRAME Training School in Experimental Design & Statistical Analysis of Bioscience & Biomedical Experiments

FRAME in partnership with universities, NGOs and projects delivers regular training schools in experimental design and statistics to increase awareness among scientists about the need to reduce animal numbers in experiments and to refine procedures. Participants gain a better understanding of how to properly design and effectively analyse their experimental programmes so that they can go on to produce higher quality science, which has made the most efficient use of a minimum number of animals.
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