The 1st Technicians Theoretical Practical Training Course for the Care and Handling of Animal Models and the 6th RedCICUALES Seminar-Workshop aim to provide training in Spanish to Colombian laboratory animals technicians who do not have official training in the topic. Since 2010 the RedCICUALES and the Association ACCBAL have been organizing workshops and congresses to train Colombian community users of lab animals. Nevertheless, a lack of official training focused on the culture of care and training of lab animal technicians is evident in the country.
AN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT OF A COLABORATIVE TRAINING COURSE, WHERE WE WANT TO DESIGN, CREATE, IMPLEMENT IMPORTANT INDISPENSABLE KNOWLEDGE RELATED TO LABORATORY ANIMALS AND THEIR USE IN RESEARCH IN 3 DIFFERENT UNDEVELOP COUNTRIES HAVING THESE OBJECTIVES: TO PROVIDE THE PARTICIPANTS AN ADEQUATE INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF LABORATORY ANIMALS, STIMULATING THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF ANIMALS WITHIN THEIR PROJECTS, ENCOURAGE THEM TO CARRY OUT A CORRECT PROCEDURE AS A WAY TO DEVELOP A QUALITY RESEARCH ACTIVITY. TO SENSITIZE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE USE OF ANIMALS FOR RESEARCH, AS WELL AS THE ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN USING THEM TO AVOID THE USELESS SACRIFICE OF ANIMALS AND ENCOURAGE REFINEMENT. TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE INTRODUCTION OF CURRENT AND ESSENTIAL TOPICS ABOUT THE USE OF LABORATORY ANIMALS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH RESEARCH.
We are setting up the first 3Rs Centre in Ireland. This initiative is being explored as a joint approach of the Irish competent authority (HPRA) and academia (Trinity College Dublin), and have already been involved with European 3Rs initiatives like the European 3Rs Centers Platform and ecopa. We would like to organise this first meeting of the Irish 3Rs Centre. The meeting will be held at Trinity College Dublin and aims to gather international experts in different fields of laboratory animal science to serve as a continuous education programme for the Irish community working in the animal research field.
Many African countries are using the development of their Pharma industry as a route to economic development. Attention to animal welfare and care, and experimental design is critical in ensuring that these animal studies translate into clinical practice. However, Africa has an extreme shortage of individuals with the knowledge and skills to care for and use research animals. This deficit is a Grand Challenge in itself, hindering the ability of Africa to undertake world-leading research to address its specific health challenges. Opportunities for education and training in research animal sciences across the continent are extremely fragmented and restricted to specific countries. Animal ethics committees are in their infancy or non-existent. There have been limited interventions, led principally by the applicants, to address this knowledge and skills Grand Challenge. However, such training modalities can’t cover long term lagged need of the community and professionals. Therefore, setting up online training for Ethiopian as well as African scientists and biomedical graduate students has a paramount role to improve biomedical research and an ethical review process and to give proper attention to animal welfare.
The Project, a two (2) - full and half days intensive highly integrated Workshop is aimed to “Raising the Bar on the number of Africans skilled in humane animal care and use for scientific purposes”, who are expected to return to their Institutions and put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired from the training, while training others and promoting the same principles. The program will comprise didactic seminars, content and plenary sessions with interactive role play and networking between participants and the Instructional experts from within and outside Africa, invited by ACURET.ORG. A one-day Pre-Workshop Lab Animal Medicine [LAM] Summit, will prelude the training workshop. This is open to Veterinarians from across Africa, for and by Veterinarians who are interested in lab animal medicine as a discipline, course and specialty to promote humane animal care and use for scientific purposes in developing countries.
Laboratory Animal Science is a highly specialized and rapidly evolving field in biomedical science. Since Laboratory Animal Science has an enormously broad scope and a high impact on research with animals, competence in this field should urgently be promoted and provided in India. It is our effort to train the future scientists in the field of Laboratory Animal Science to improve their understanding and practice of scientific methods as well as implementation of animal welfare prior to their actual work with live animals. Keeping in the view of the target groups we have designed this course based on FELASA (Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations) category C recommendations suited to our Indian conditions for veterinarians, Medicos, biologists, biochemists, physicians and other researchers initiating (directing or carrying out) projects based on laboratory animal experimentation.