University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR)
- To provide for the care, health and well-being, with the emphasis on the minimization of discomfort, distress and pain, of animals used for research and education at Drexel University
- To administer to the animal related needs of University researchers and educators through dissemination of knowledge and resources
- To serve the public by ensuring observance of all legal and ethical standards pertaining to the use of animals for research and education at Drexel University
Emily Reimold, MLAS, LATG, has joined the ULAR staff as veterinary technician for the New College Building Animal Facility. Emily graduated from the Drexel MLAS program in 2010. Since graduation, Emily worked at NIH as a research support specialist and task manager supervising 13 employees. Emily has experience with both rodents and large animals and is technically skilled in many procedures. Emily's responsibilities as ULAR vet tech will include providing veterinary care for the research animals, administering IACUC-mandated hands-on training, and assisting investigators as needed on research studies. Emily can be contacted at email@example.com.
Richard B. Huneke, DVM, MPH, director, ULAR, presented on Laboratory Animal Allergies at the Charles River Short Course in Boston, Mass., and at the Tribranch AALAS meeting in Atlantic City, N.J., in June 2013. He received the Shining Light Award from the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science at the annual meeting held May 4 - 7, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the talking poster presentation "Exposure of Laboratory Animal Care Workers to Airborne Mouse and Rat Allergens." Co-authors were Andrea McCurry, MLAS, associate director, ULAR, and Joshua Glueck, MPH, Hernando Perez, PhD, MPH, and Igor Burstyn, PhD, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.
Luciana Mills, LATG, received Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in June 2013. LATG is the highest level of technician certification available from AALAS and indicates a high level of commitment to responsible and humane laboratory animal care.
Christine Stinger, veterinary technician/supervisor, ULAR, received the Technical Service Award at the Delaware Valley Branch of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science on September 12, 2012. This award is presented annually to a person who is primarily responsible for the day-to-day technical care and handling of laboratory animals or whose responsibilities support the functioning of the animal facility. The DVB-AALAS consists of members from more than 50 research institutions in the eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware area. Christine has been with Drexel University College of Medicine ULAR since 2006, providing nursing care to research animals, IACUC mandated training to research staff, and many other duties to support animal research at the university.
Andrea McCurry, MLAS, assistant director, ULAR, has received certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science as Certified Manager Animal Resources (CMAR). The CMAR program is designed to raise competency and professionalism in the field of Animal Resources Management. The CMAR designation involves a series of four examinations: three exams arranged via an organization called the Institute for Certified Professional Managers (ICPM), and the Animal Resources Exam offered by AALAS. Obtaining the CMAR designation is a sign of professionalism in the field of animal resources management.
Richard B. Huneke, DVM, MPH, director, ULAR and Noreen Robertson, DMD, director of research program development, received an NIH grant entitled "Animal Facility Renovations of New College Building to Enhance Biomedical Research" (G20) from the NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES. This grant will allow for structural renovations to the New College Building animal facilities and will dramatically enhance current and future research productivity using animals.
AAALAC Recommends Continued Full Accreditation
The Association for the Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC, International) has recommended continued full accreditation of the College of Medicine’s animal care and use program after a triennial site visit. Site visitors recognized the College’s program as high quality, with a variety of commendations.
“I am especially proud of the commendation for the professionalism of all staff including animal care personnel, graduate students, and faculty,” said ULAR Executive Director Richard Huneke, DVM, MPH. “We take pride in creating a collegial atmosphere that facilitates investigations while animals are maintained with high regard for their welfare.”
Dr. Huneke serves as one of the 60 members of the Council on Accreditation for AAALAC, International. He will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil in February to conduct a site visit at a large medical school. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.
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