LASA Annual Conference 2018

2018 proved to be an excellent annual meeting, with 446 delegates in attendance at our Birmingham venue. Delegates had opportunity to visit our Trade partners who had stands in the Exhibition Hall, LASA is thankful for their ongoing support and sponsorship at our events. This was the first year LASA organised a parallel session of Trade workshops, we hope to expand this more in future years. The scientific sessions covered a wide range of topical issues which provided “too much choice” for delegates to choose from at times. Topics discussed ranged from the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement), anaesthesia updates from LAVA, a “look on the large size” organised by the Large Animal Research Network, the expanding field of research into aging and the importance of elderly animal models, “Hand in Glove”: the inextricable link between good science and improved animal welfare and the Education, Training and Ethics committee of LASA tackled “Integrity” in the context of Laboratory Animal Science. Workshop formats were also very popular and diverse including discussion on The Zebrafish Health and Welfare Glossary, which is an initiative highlighting the vital contribution to the development of husbandry and welfare infrastructures that support the growth and diversification of uses of this important model organism. The Institute of Animal Technology organised a workshop focussing on the consideration of adverse effects, humane endpoints and animal welfare when drafting PPL...

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