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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE 

2022 NCB AALAS Luncheon & Awards


SPEAKER INFORMATION

NCB is honored to have two amazing speakers at this year's Luncheon. Below are their biographical summaries: 


Brianna Gaskill, PhD 3Rs Senior Scientist, Novartis 

Brianna received her PhD in Animal Behavior and Well-being from Purdue University. She completed a postdoctoral position at Charles River after graduation, then returned to Purdue as a faculty member in 2014 and was awarded tenure in 2020. Her research has focused on developing new animal welfare assessment methodologies, rodent well-being, and elucidating the scientific impact of welfare problems in animal-based research. In 2020, Brianna started a new position at Novartis as their 3Rs scientist where she works closely with disease area scientists to apply 3Rs strategies to improve animal welfare and drug discovery. Her research contributions have been acknowledged by receiving awards from the NC3Rs, the the Swiss Laboratory Animal Association and the International Society for Applied Ethology.
(Note: this talk will be presented virtually.)

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Kylie Thurman, BA

Kylie received her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She was an Animal Care Intern at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network where she cared for sick injured, abandoned or oil-damaged birds, captured and secured various water fowl for regular health checks, and supervised outside exposure of ducklings while employing behavioral tactics to prevent imprinting.  She worked as a Camp Counselor and Training Associate at Camp Canine where she provided play, stimulation and other enrichment activities for high energy dogs and helped develop an online program for new puppy parents.  As a Dog Trainer with Zoom Room Campbell, Kylie taught workshops in Urban Herding, Scent, Shy Dog, Calm Down, Loose Leash Walking, Come When Called, Therapy Dog, and Life Skills.  Kylie is currently working as an Animal Behaviorist at Neuralink.



Deborah Calantropio-Covington Clinical Veterinary Scientist, BA, RVT, LATG, VTS-LAM (Clinical Research Nursing)

Deborah started her passion for animal care in high school as a volunteer at a local Wildlife Rescue with her father and then transitioned to a Small Animal Specialist at Petco for 3 years. After graduating San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology she went to work for Banfield Pet Hospital as an assistant and fell in love with Veterinary Medicine, obtaining her RVT license in 2008. Working in both private practice and emergency clinics from 2008-2012 she was then recruited to work with lab animals in 2012 at a CRO in Menlo Park, Ca. She gained a wealth of experience working with non-human primates, pigs, dogs, rabbits and rodents in the Veterinary group as an RLATG, assisting with health monitoring/TB tests/quarantines care,  supportive pre and post operative care, surgical training and anesthesia for toxicology , reproductive and cognition studies. In 2017 she obtained her specialty certification (VTS) in Lab Animal Nursing and started working in Oncology Research with Bristol Myers Squibb. During Covid in 2020 she also went back to school, remotely and part time, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree and dissertation at the University of Edinburgh , Scotland, in International Animal Welfare Ethics and law ( hopefully to be completed in 2023/2024….stay tuned!).  In her spare time she performs as a semiprofessional Belly dancer with her troupe, spends time with her husband and their dog Lazarus, and recently joined the Sweet Adeline’s  International Women’s Barbershop chorus . She thanks her family and husband for their continued support in all her endeavors both work and play.


TENTATIVE PROGRAM:

11:00 am- Registration, Trade Show & Snacks

12:00 pm- Luncheon, Recognition Awards Ceremony, Membership Meeting & Raffle

1:20 pm- Featured Presentation - "Giving 'Moustronauts' the Best Life Possible"- Brianna Gaskill, PhD

2:05 pm- Break

2:15 pm- "Compassion Fatigue"- Kylie Thurman, BA

2:40 pm-"Comparison of Rodent Anesthesia Machines & Best Welfare Practices " - Deborah Calantropio-Covington, BA, RVT, LATG, VTS-LAM (Clinical Research Nursing)

3:30 pm- Closing Remarks

4:00 - 5 pm- Wine and Cheese Social & Final Raffle

Animal Technician of The Year Award

SPONSOR: NCB-AALAS


AWARD: Framed Certificate and $500.00


ELIGIBILITY

  • The nominee must be an employee at a biomedical or educational center that uses and care for laboratory animals.


DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2022

Submission:

Online: CLICK HERE


Technologist of The Year Award 

SPONSOR: NCB-AALAS


AWARD: Framed Certificate and $500.00


ELIGIBILITY:

  • The nominee must be an employee at a biomedical or educational center that uses and care for laboratory animals.

DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1st, 2022

Submission:

Online: CLICK HERE


Lab Animal Supervisor of The Year Award

SPONSOR: NCB-AALAS


AWARD: Framed Certificate and $500.00


ELIGIBILITY:

  • The nominee must be an employee at a biomedical or educational center that uses and care for laboratory animals.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field of laboratory animal science and employed in a technical or managerial position.
DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1st, 2022

Submission:

Online: CLICK HERE



  Research Personnel of The Year Award


SPONSOR: NCB-AALAS


AWARD: Framed certificate and $500.00 


ELIGIBILITY:

      • The nominee must be an employee at a biomedical or educational center that uses and care for laboratory animals.
      • Includes the following: SRAs, Research Assistants, Specialists etc.


    DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1st, 2022

    Submission:

    Online: CLICK HERE


    Ancillary Personnel of The Year Award

    SPONSOR: NCB-AALAS


    AWARD: Framed certificate and $500.00 


    ELIGIBILITY:

      • The nominee must be an employee at a biomedical or educational center that uses and care for laboratory animals


      • Includes the following: Administration, Customer Service, Housekeeping, Information Technologies, Procurement, Training/Education


      DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1st, 2022

      Submission:

      Online: CLICK HERE



        2022 Pandemic Star Award


      SPONSOR: NCB-AALAS


      AWARD: Framed Certificate and $500.00


      ELIGIBILITY:

          • The nominee must be an employee at a biomedical or educational center that uses and care for laboratory animals.

        DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1st, 2022

        Submission:

        Online: CLICK HERE


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