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    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Roger Williams Park Zoo
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    SNEAALAS and NEBAALAS

    CELEBRATING SUMMER WITH A JOINT MEETING AT ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO!!!

    RAIN or SHINE 

    WHEN:                          TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018

    REGISTRATION COST:     $ 20.00 FOR THE DAY (members)!!! 

    Non-members may attend for $30

     

      Fee includes zoo admittance, buffet lunch and animal shows           

    (The behind the scenes tour for 27 people will be decided by a special lottery!)

               

                               AGENDA

    10:00 AM –5:00 PM VISIT the ZOO!

    12:00 PM—2:00 PM BUFFET LUNCH— EDUCATION CENTER

     2:00 PM—3:30 PM BEHIND THE SCENES AT   THE ZOO! 

     2:30 PM—3:30 PM ANIMAL EXPERIENCES

     3:45 PM – 5:00 PM (two 30 minute talks)

                                                                      Zoo – TRAINING FROM A ZOO PERSPECTIVE  
                                                                       Lab – VALIDATING ENRICHMENT
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                                                    5:00 PM … Zoo closes … good bye until next year!

    ANIMAL TRAINING IN A ZOOLOGICAL PARK

    Animal training in a zoological park poses a unique set of circumstances for the organization. Medical care of animals as small as rats and as large as elephants each present different training needs. In addition to medical care, the general husbandry of the animals can also be enhanced by training. Utilizing classical and operant conditioning techniques, zookeepers have developed several training initiatives that aid in the care of all the animals.

    PAMELA JONES, who joined the Roger Williams Park Zoo in 2013, oversees and supervises a team of zookeepers, lead keepers, interns and volunteers as well as the Zoo’s behavioral husbandry program.  Formerly she served as the Natural Encounters Supervisor as the Houston Zoo in Texas where she managed the daily husbandry of a wide variety of reptiles, birds, invertebrates and mammals.  Jones also spent six years as an animal keeper at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

    VALIDATING ENRICHMENT

    Environmental enrichment is provided to laboratory animals in order to enhance animal well-being and promote species-typical behaviors.  Animal enrichment has become a huge industry with numerous options for all species, in addition to the many ideas for recycling and repurposing items for enrichment that are shared on the internet. But what enrichment should you choose, and how do you know if it is ‘working’?  Some enrichment options may not contribute to an animal’s well-being, while others could even have a negative effect on the animal or to the scientific data.  This presentation will discuss how to define goals for enrichment and how to validate that the enrichment provided is effective and safe for both animals and study integrity.

    MELISSA DRAGON is a Global Trainer in Comparative Medicine at Pfizer Inc.   She has over 15 years of experience in laboratory animal science working at contract research organizations, academic institutions and the pharmaceutical industry in a number of roles such as Facility Group Leader, Trainer, Enrichment Coordinator and Behavioral Management Specialist.  She has worked with most laboratory animals including rodents, rabbits, dogs, swine, livestock and nonhuman primates and provided training to researchers, husbandry and veterinary staff.  Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is certified as a Laboratory Animal Technologist and a Certified Manager of Animal Resources.  She is passionate about improving animal well-being through decision-making based on scientific analysis of stress and animal behavior, and through education of animal users.


       

     

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22 May 2018 SNEAALAS General Membership Meeting at Yale
10 Nov 2017 2017 SNEAALAS Year End Awards Banquet
28 Sep 2017 2017 SNEAALAS General Membership Meeting at BI
04 Aug 2017 District 1 Wet-Lab
21 Mar 2017 SNEAALAS General Membership Meeting at Yale
18 Nov 2016 2016 SNEAALAS Year End Awards Banquet
29 Sep 2016 2016 SNEAALAS General Member Meeting at Alexion
21 Jul 2016 District 1 Training Wet-lab
07 Mar 2016 2016 SNEAALAS General Member Winter Meeting
13 Nov 2015 2015 SNEAALAS Year End Awards Banquet
28 Aug 2015 2015 SNEAALAS Summer Meeting + Clam Bake
19 Mar 2015 NEBAALAS Invitation to CDC Presentation on Ebola
19 Feb 2015 2015 SNEAALAS Winter General Membership Meeting
19 Sep 2014 2014 SNEAALAS Year End Awards Banquet
23 Jul 2014 SNEAALAS Summer General Membership Meeting
24 Apr 2014 AALAS District 1 Training Seminar 2014
27 Feb 2014 SNEAALAS Winter General Membership Meeting
12 Dec 2013 SNEAALAS General Membership Meeting
18 Oct 2013 2013 SNEAALAS Year End Awards Banquet
08 Aug 2013 AALAS District 1 Training Seminar 2013
19 Jun 2013 SNEAALAS General Membership Meeting
20 Feb 2013 SNEAALAS Winter Meeting
30 Nov 2012 SNEAALAS Year End Awards Banquet
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04 May 2012 AALAS District 1 Training Seminar
03 May 2012 11th Annual Quad Symposium
21 Feb 2012 SNEAALAS Winter Meeting
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28 Oct 2011 2011 SNEAALAS Awards Dinner
30 Jul 2011 SNEAALAS Mystic Aquarium Trip
20 May 2011 AALAS District 1 Training Seminar
19 May 2011 10th Annual Quad Symposium
03 May 2011 May SNEAALAS Group Meeting
08 Feb 2011 SNEAALAS February Group Meeting
11 Nov 2010 SNEAALAS 2010 Awards Banquet

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