HOLTIF Meetings

The LASA HOTIF group continue their close work with ASRU and host small stakeholder group meetings to assist with feedback on ASPeL and its software development.

The next virtual meeting is planned for Friday 22nd January 2021 from 14.00 to 16.30h, and a demonstration of the RoPs within ASPeL is planned.

If you would like to attend any of the HOLTIF meetings or become a member of this network, please contact the LASA Secretariat info@lasa.co.uk who will put you in touch with the Section Convenors for this group.

LASA Care & Welfare Section : Virtual Coffee morning
Friday 4th December 2020, 11am – 12pm
Live online virtual event
Registration free of charge

The LASA Care & Welfare Section Convenors would like to develop a “safe online place” for all members of the laboratory animal science community to discuss the topic of emotional resilience and the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought on project plans, staffing numbers and job security. The Care and Welfare Section plan a virtual coffee-morning meeting on Friday 4th December 2020 on this topic with small breakout discussion groups. The aim of the session is to bring members of the community together to give an opportunity to discuss their experiences, share the burdens and pressures, pass on lessons learnt and support each other. Join us with a coffee to discuss topics close to your heart.

All staff within the biomedical community are welcome to attend – please share information about this virtual coffee morning widely.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration required.
Complete this online registration form to register your interest in this virtual coffee morning


LASA ½ day PEL Training
Tuesday 9th February 2021, 1pm – 5:30pm
Virtual online event

LASA is organising their annual half-day PELH training session online this year, the workshop will focus on the core job for new/recent (3 years)/prospective Establishment Licence Holders. Feedback from previous attendees has indicated this is also an ideal CPD refresher opportunity for all PELHs (no matter how experienced!)

Topics include:

  • Legal and ethical requirements related to the ASPA
  • The role of the Establishment Licence Holder and their responsibilities
  • Ensuring Compliance
  • Challenging aspects of the PELH’s role
  • What to do when things go wrong?
  • Open forum discussion for sharing ideas on governance
  • Q&A opportunity

The legislative, responsibilities and compliance webinars will be recorded to watch on demand via secure password protected login for up to one month after the event for those PELhs unable to join the live event on the day. (Please note the interactive group case discussion work will not be able to be watched on demand, so register early to secure your place)

Email info@lasa.co.uk to register your interest in this great learning and networking opportunity


BPS & LASA joint focused meeting: Exploring the status of animal models of psychiatric disorders – their validity and scope for successful translation
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Online, Worldwide

Registration: OPEN (early bird deadline: 22 December 2020)

The British Pharmacological Society and the Laboratory Animal Science Association are delighted to bring you our first joint-virtual meeting; exploring the status of animal models of psychiatric disorders – their validity and scope for successful translation. Evaluation and correct interpretation of changes in the behaviour of laboratory animals, following an experimental intervention, is essential for successful translation of novel candidates for treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, many procedures that have been used for decades as effective preclinical drug screens are often assumed, without scientific justification, to offer ‘models’ of human disorders. This meeting will discuss the extent to which this is a realistic assumption, incorporating evidence that the validity of these tests will depend on the scientific objectives and experimental context, including environmental factors.

The online event is an exciting one-day meeting​ comprising scientific talks and opportunities for interaction with colleagues. The talks and discussions will be of interest to anyone interested in behavioural laboratory animal science, whether from a clinical, preclinical, translational, welfare, academic, industrial, or even regulatory perspective. We particularly encourage registration from animal care staff as talks are intended to illustrate some common variables, including the experimental environment, housing and husbandry that are typically disregarded and yet can confound experimental findings when evaluating animal behaviour.

We hope you enjoy our joint venture which will deal with a timely and important topic.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact meetings@bps.ac.uk

CPD points

CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society of Biology and the Laboratory Animal Science Association are available at this meeting. You will be emailed a certificate of attendance with CPD points after the meeting.

The Hitchhikers Guide to your Establishment… are you searching for an answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything?
Wednesday 24 February 2021, 10am – 5:30pm
Virtual online meeting

LASA is organising an online one-day workshop focusing on sharing experiences of management systems, organisational checks and practices to ensure good governance for all those working under ASPA (1986).

2020 was the 42nd year celebration of the first BBC radio broadcast of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which inspired the title of this workshop. Come along to LASA’s workshop to find the answers to everything you might want to know – you may be surprised to discover that the answer may not actually be 42!

Topics include:

  • What does good governance look like?
  • How does governance relate to good science?
  • What does a culture of care look like? How can you benchmark your establishment?– Interactive session
  • Do external audits assist with identifying areas for improvement?
  • International collaboration – the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Review and ideas for updating the Guiding Principles for Named Training and Competency Officers (NTCO), Named Information Officers (NIO) and Home Office Liaison Contacts (HOLC) working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 – Group discussion work

The majority of webinars will be recorded to watch on demand via secure password protected login for up to one month after the event for those delegates unable to join the live on the day. (Please note the interactive group case discussion work “Review of Guiding Principles for NTCOs, NIOs and HOLCs working under ASPA (1986)” will not be able to be watched on demand, so register early to secure your place)

The programme for the workshop can be downloaded here

Email info@lasa.co.uk to register your interest in this “Good Governance” CPD event


Fish Anaesthesia – Time to re-convene
Edinburgh, postponed until March 2022 (Date TBC)

Since the acclaimed 2017 LASA-FVS meeting on the topic, fish anaesthesia has seen significant developments with new products being authorized for use in the UK, publications of efficient provisions of analgesia, and gatherings of data on euthanasia. It is now time to re-convene a group of experts to discuss latest advances and remaining challenges.

Please contact the LASA Secretariat on info@lasa.co.uk to express your interest in attending this meeting and joining instructions will be sent to you closer to the event.


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