April Events

The University of Michigan – Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine will be hosting the following Symposiums in April 2017:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017:

Date: April 12, 2017 from 8:00a – 5:00p
Location: The Kensington Hotel, 3500 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

The University of Michigan’s Animal Enrichment Committee and MISMR are hosting the second annual Science of Enrichment Symposium. This symposium is designed to support evidence-based enrichment recommendations and is geared towards laboratory animal veterinary and husbandry professionals, investigators, and research staff interested in environmental enrichment and the science that supports its use. The meeting will focus on evidenced based recommendations for enrichment best practice and will feature speakers with expertise in rat, non-human primate, pig, and dog enrichment.

The symposium will be held at the Kensington Hotel, 3500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Please contact Tara Martin taramar@umich.edu for additional information.

Registration fee: $25, including breakfast and lunch. Please click the following link to register and pay via PayPal.

Name of Institution
Name of Registrants

List of Speakers for the Science of Enrichment Symposium, April 12, 2017

Megan LaFollette, MS, Purdue University “It’s no laughing matter: affective states in laboratory rats”

Elaine Hebda-Bauer, PhD, University of Michigan, “Adaptation to social isolation is dynamic: from gene expression to behavior”

Candace Hedrick, BS, RALAT, The Ohio State University, “Getting on the same page: development and implementation of an effective institution-wide enrichment program”

Jeremy N. Marchant-Forde, PhD, USDA ARS, “Welfare and enrichment of the laboratory pig”

Carolyn Allen, BS, RLATG, CMAR, Abbvie, “A progressive approach to laboratory canine operant conditioning and enrichment strategies”

Melanie Graham, MPH, PhD, University of Minnesota, “Utilization of enrichment and behavioral management to enhance validity in nonhuman primate models”

Michelle Newell, DVM, MPI Research, “The quest for the perfect NHP foraging item (or enrichment in the real world)”

Thursday-Friday, April 13-14, 2017:

A seminar-style board examination review will be held on Thursday April 13, followed by an International Mock Board Coalition Examination on Friday, April 14. This event will be held at the North Complex Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Seminar-style board review and International Mock Board Coalition Examination schedule:

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Seminar Series Schedule

7:30 – 8:00 AM Arrival – Snacks and beverages provided

8:00 – 8:10 AM Introduction

8:10 – 9:00 AM BMBL/Biosafety & OSEH

9:00 – 9:50 AM Large Animal Analgesia Literature Review


10:00 – 10:50 AM Laboratory Rat

10:50 – 11:40 AM Zebrafish

11:40 – 12:30 PM Facility Design and Equipment

Lunch* not provided       

1:30 – 2:20 PM Hamsters, Degus, & Other Species

2:20 – 3:10 PM Rodent Analgesia Literature Review

3:10 – 4:00 PM Mouse Pathology & Disease


4:10 – 5:00 PM Non-Human Primates

5:00 – 5:50 PM Laboratory Swine

Board Examination Study Sessions

6:00 -10 PM North Campus Research Complex, University of Michigan

Friday, April 14, 2017 – Friday – International Mock Board Examination Schedule

7:30 AM Arrival – Snacks and beverages provided

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mock Board Examination

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM Regulations, BMBL, and OSEH Review seminar

2:00 – 5:00 PM Mock Board Examination Review

The seminar review and mock examination two-day symposium will be held at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) on the campus of the University of Michigan located at 2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.  Parking will be available on-site for a fee and additional parking may be available within walking distance.  Lunch will not be provided, however there is a cafeteria in the building and vending machines are also available. Lodging and local restaurants are within a short driving distance.

There are no fees associated with the ULAM seminar review mock board examination event. Please pre-registration by April 10, 2017. To register or request additional information, please contact Ms. Terry Fracala by phone 734-764-0277 or email: fracalat@umich.edu.

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