New England Branch AALAS
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Please Join Us On
December 3rd, 2020 at 4:30PM via Zoom
for a presentation on
Fish Welfare and Analgesia
Fish welfare is still a relatively new field. As such, regulations and protocols to ensure fish welfare are currently limited and vary considerably in different jurisdictions. This is in part because of the ongoing controversy as to whether or not fish feel pain. The concepts and parties involved in this ongoing controversy will be detailed in this presentation. Potential solutions, such as pursuing clinically applicable research to increase knowledge of fishes’ behavior and physiology, will also be presented. This type of research would then lead to improved studies that could help to determine if and when analgesic drugs can be beneficial in fish, as they are in many other species.
The use of analgesics in fish is still limited, partly because of the debate, but also because of the current lack of a validated approach to assess pain in fish which limits our ability to evaluate the efficacy of analgesics in fish. Some recommendations on the use of analgesics in fish are currently in the literature; however, information on the properties of analgesic drugs in most fish species is still scarce and sometimes misleading. This presentation will review the available information on the use of analgesics in fish to help clinicians make an informed decision as to which drug and dose to use. The main agents that have been investigated are opioids, NSAID, and local anesthetics, primarily in rainbow trout and zebrafish. There is presently no overwhelming evidence of efficacy for most analgesics in fish, although beneficial effects on behavior and physiologic parameters have been reported in many instances, especially associated with morphine administration. Furthermore, most analgesics did not result in significant adverse side effects. Thus, analgesics could be administered whenever it is considered that an animal might experience pain, given that the drugs appear not to cause harm and may be beneficial. However, caution must be advised because 1) important interspecies variation has been reported and 2) unforeseen effects could affect experimental results.
Dr. Frederic Chatigny received his DVM from the University of Montreal and a MSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Prince Edward Island. He is currently the clinical veterinarian at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec (Canada). Dr. Chatigny has an interest in animal welfare and enrichment. The focus of most of his research to date has been fish pain and analgesics. He has published studies and literature review articles in this area. Dr. Chatigny aims to increase knowledge of fishes’ behavior and physiology as a means to improve fish welfare.
NEW ENGLAND BRANCH of AALAS BOSTON REGIONAL TECHNICIAN TRATINING SPEAKER ABSTRACT GUIDELINES
The NEBAALAS BRTT PLANNING Committee is looking for informed subject matter experts to speak at the 2021 VIRTUAL NEBAALAS BRTT on THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021!
We are looking for presenters who will contribute new insights and/or practices. Speaking at the NEBAALAS BRTT Conference will give you the opportunity to share your knowledge, expertise and learning experiences with peers and colleagues throughout the district 1 region!
Throughout the day, we have three tracks, ALAT, LAT and LATG and general sessions. We are looking for speakers/presenters who promote exploration, collaboration and innovation in the field of Laboratory Animal Science.
Topics should be current and relevant to one or all role levels of Animal Care Techs, Veterinary Technicians, and Facility Supervisors/Managers/Team Leaders.
Suggested current topics could include Diversity & Inclusion, Reduced Staffing Schedules, Compassion Awareness (Pandemic-related), Virtual Interviewing Tips, Pandemic Disaster Planning, Regulatory Visits during Pandemic, and New AVMA Guidelines.
SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT
ALL abstracts will be reviewed in mid-December and notifications will be sent by email in early to mid-January 2021.
On-line Learning and CE Opportunities!
In this unprecedented time earning CEU's and keeping up with current training/education is tough with the limited amount of courses and conferences available. Here are a couple opportunities to earn those CEU's and maintain certifications.
Jax labs is offering multiple courses on their on-line learning site found here:
AALAS is also offering their National Meeting Free for AALAS members online!
For more information visit their site here:
Earlier last week The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide "COVID-19 Essential Services" to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public. As such, NEBAALAS will be honoring the "Safer at Home" initiatives, helping to flatten the curve, and not be holding any in person meetings until this emergency order is lifted.
Moreover, we recognize that many of our members are considered essential workers and in the midst of contending with our workplace contingency plans. Please know that the NEBAALAS BOD cares about you and your animals. Thanks you for being the HEROES that you are, and thank you for being our animals’ spokespersons! From our home locations, the NEBAALAS BOD will strive to assist our members as best we can during these turbulent and uncertain times.
We wish you well in your endeavors and remember your NEBAALAS community wants to provide professional support as we are able to. You can reach us at Info.Nebaalas@gmail.com.
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