AREA Program

San Antonio, Texas Science Teachers,

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and AALAS Foundation invite you and your students to participate in our annual Animal Research Education & Awareness (AREA) program in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What is the AREA Program?

The AREA program is an enlightening and entertaining program designed to introduce science students to laboratory animal science and the vast array of career opportunities in this growing field. The program, held in conjunction with the AALAS National Meeting, teaches students how animals help scientists in research—and how research, in turn, benefits animals.

Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science

The AREA program begins with a brief presentation about the importance of animals in research.

As students enter the meeting room, they will be divided into small groups (five to seven students) and paired with laboratory animal science professionals who will serve as tour guides for the duration of the program.

Speaking Honestly: Animal Research Education

Following the introductory presentation, students will participate in the Speaking Honestly: Animal Research Education (SHARE) program , an engaging activity that facilitates student discussion on the care and study of animals in research.

Through SHARE, students are introduced to animal rights, animal welfare, and animal use points of view.

First in small groups, and later as a whole class, students discuss the issues surrounding the study of animals in research by evaluating a sample research proposal. Students are asked for their own opinions as well as the concerns they believe a scientist, a veterinarian and a member of the public would hold.

While creating a list of approved guidelines, students see their diverse attitudes revealed in their choices of acceptable animal research rules and regulations.

At the end of the program, students will be introduced to the concept of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) and come to understand how the research community values animal welfare.

Exhibition Hall Expedition

After the SHARE program,, tour guides will lead students through the AALAS exhibit hall for students' favorite AREA Program activity -- the Exhibition Hall Expedition.

On the tour, students answer science questions submitted by participating vendors, watch booth demonstrations, and learn about the vast array of careers in laboratory animal science.

Students will also learn about the research required to bring new medicines to market through the Drug Discovery game, presented by Pfizer.

Lunch – Q&A Session

Following the Exhibit Hall Expedition, students and teachers will be served lunch and participate in a review of expedition findings and a Q&A session. There will also be discussion about career opportunities and the need for bright young people to enter the field of laboratory animal science.

Special Presentations

After lunch, students, teachers, and tour guides will hear first-hand accounts of how animal research has contributed to lifesaving medical discoveries. You won't soon forget Liviya’s story and Laura’s story.

What is AALAS?

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science is a professional, nonprofit association with over 13,000 members concerned with the study, care, and use of laboratory animals. Since 1950, we've been dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals and the quality research that leads to scientific gains benefiting both people and animals.

The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals in biomedical research. To learn more about this year’s meeting, visit our National Meeting website.

Who Should Participate in the AREA Program?

The AREA program is open to high school and middle school biology and life science students interested in learning about the importance of quality laboratory animal care, research, and medicine.

How Do I Participate in the AREA Program?

To participate in the AREA program, please:

1. Fill out the online Teacher Application Form by September 5, 2014.

Space is limited to 120 students. Reservations to attend are made on a first come basis.


For questions related to the AREA program, please contact:

Virginia Dawson
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
9190 Crestwyn Hill Dr, Memphis, TN 38125-8538
901-754-8620 | 901-753-0046 (fax)

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