Attendance at the LASA Annual Conference 2017 was the highest ever.  This year we returned to Birmingham which has easy access for both exhibitors and delegates due to the excellent road and rail links.

We are very grateful for the support shown to the meeting from ASRU with all their senior management team in attendance and a significant number of inspectors.  This was much appreciated by the delegates.  The scientific sessions covered a wide range of topical issues which provided something for everyone – topics discussed ranged from: GA animals to the role of vets – are they seen as interfering individuals or helpful heroes?, included topical 3Rs presentations, a session on “the only way is ethics” and a lively session on severity assessment.  Our key note presentation looked at the importance of non-human primates in research.  To complete the programme we held a series of workshops.

We are very grateful to all our sponsors and exhibitors, and to our speakers, chairpersons and to everyone else for making the meeting such a success.