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Northern California Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science P.O.Box 60068, Palo Alto, CA 94306 |


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Wanna RACE? Log in to learn about this Interactive Lecture May 5th.

Upcoming D8 Meeting: The District 8 AALAS branches (Southern California, San Diego and Hawaii) welcome our Rockstars of Science to the 2018 District 8 Meeting in sunny Newport Beach, CA!

Next Classes: Log in for RACE info, and see the ongoing ALAT/LAT classes at UCSF below.

Our Last National AALAS Meeting was at the Austin Convention Center on October 15-19, and we hope you were there! Click to watch a short promo video for the event.

Recent Doings:

Winter Edition of the NCB Sentinel Newsletter thanks to Caroline Sepulveda!
2017 Fall Educational Symposium See pix and posters with award winners here.

Northern California Branch AALAS ALAT/LAT Certification Class @ UCSF Class Details




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2016 Winter District 8 Trustee Report

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TBR News & Views

District 8 First Quarter Newsletter
Hello District 8 Members,
Welcome to the first edition of the 2016 TBR News & Views. This article is a collection of what branches from around our district have been up to for the last few months. Please give it a read and join each branch in celebrating their accomplishments and you may find terrific ideas for your own branch or institutions. Each branch's section is written and submitted by the branch Technician Branch Representative (TBR). Thank you all for participating!

If any of you readers have ideas about what information you would like to see in future editions or other types of articles you would like to see please let me know.

Amber Carte
District 8 Trustee

Newsletter Archives:

Alternatives to the use of Live Animals in Research, Testing and Teaching
  • Animal Welfare Information Center - The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition.
  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing - Altweb, the Alternatives to Animal Testing Web Site, was created to serve as a gateway to alternatives news, information, and resources on the Internet and beyond.
  • University of California Center for Animal Alternatives - UC Davis gathers and disseminates information concerning animal alternatives, to not only improve the well-being and quality of life of research animals, but also to optimize their contribution to education and research.


Be part of the Northern California Branch of National AALAS.

NCB-AALAS Wants You!

Our interest in science begins early on.

How did your interest in science begin?

NCB-AALAS is the Northern California Branch (NCB) of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). AALAS is the premier membership association of professionals employed around the world in academia, government, and private industry that advances responsible laboratory animal care and use to benefit people and animals. Since 1960, NCB-AALAS has been dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals and to the quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit mankind and animals.

NCB-AALAS is a non-profit organization that promotes the aims and interests of its parent organization (AALAS), as well as those of the local branches, through the exchange of information, dissemination of knowledge, and promotion of fellowship and cooperation among those who share a common interest in the care, production, improvement, and use of research animals for scientific investigation. NCB-AALAS membership includes more than 500 clinical veterinarians, technicians, technologists, educators, and business people, researchers, administrators, animal producers, national and international experts.

The activities of NCB-AALAS include providing high quality, affordable educational opportunities, technical training, and resources for career development and professional certification to its members. The educational programs offered through NCB-AALAS emphasize the appropriate handling, care, and use of laboratory animals, preparation for AALAS certification exams, improving knowledge in technical areas, and helping to meet training mandates of regulatory agencies. Many San Francisco Bay Area research facilities require AALAS certification for hiring or advancement. NCB-AALAS provides, and heavily subsidizes, classes designed to prepare individuals for AALAS certification exams at no, or nominal, cost.

NCB-AALAS also provides its members with substantially discounted subscriptions (approximately one-tenth the cost of an individual subscription) to the AALAS Learning Library (A.L.L.), which includes access to its over 70 online courses for technicians, veterinarians, facility managers, ethics committee members, and researchers that work with animals in a research or education setting.


Nationally recognized as the authoritative endorsement of technician competence, the AALAS technician certification program certifies three levels of technical knowledge. NCB-AALAS provides and heavily subsidizes local classes to prepare individuals for AALAS certification. Due to the excellent preparation provided by the classes, the success rate is high for members taking the certification exams after completing the preparatory classes.

Smell the Redwoods.

Other Benefits:

  • Advocacy and outreach: Members participate as judges in science fairs and visit schools to educate the students on the benefits of laboratory animal research for humans as well as animals. Membership also provides the opportunity to play an active role in the laboratory animal research community and serve as a board member.
  • AALAS Learning Library: The AALAS Learning Library (A.L.L.) provides online learning opportunities in professional development and laboratory animal science courses for ongoing education and training. An A.L.L account is available for purchase at a greatly reduced cost with NCB-AALAS membership.
  • Job Search Resources: Provides year round opportunities nationally via the NCB-AALAS job opportunities page.
  • Awards: Professional and technical awards for excellence in the field of laboratory animal science are offered annually at the NCB-AALAS Awards Banquet, giving members the opportunity to nominate deserving staff for awards and to provide them with recognition by their peers.
  • Educational workshops are offered locally at minimal cost to provide training in necropsy, animal handling, surgery and other skills. The NCB-AALAS Newsletter is provided quarterly to members.
  • Educational and fun outings to local sites such as the Marine Mammal Center, Coyote Point, whale watching.
  • Networking: Opportunities to network locally with others in the laboratory animal research field.
  • The Annual Educational Symposium which brings together vendors, researchers, experts, and members to network and learn about current developments in research, science, compliance, as well as new developments and products for animal care. It’s also an opportunity to have fun!


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Fall Educational Symposium ← Past ::: Future → District 8 Meeting in May



AALAS District 8 Action

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 District 8 Meeting May 9-11 at the The Duke Hotel, Newport Beach, CA

District 8 of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is one of eight AALAS District divisions in the United States. District 8 encompasses Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. AALAS District 8 has within it's boundaries 10 of the nearly 50 affiliated Branches of the Association. Each District has 2 elected members to the AALAS Board of Trustees who, along with the Officers, serve as the governing body of AALAS. The 2017 D8 Meeting was in March.  |  D8 Website

The Usual Suspects

Send us your photos from NCB-AALAS events, along with brief notes on names places and happenings so we can record some history together. Our generous volunteer directors have been so busy running events like the annual Educational Symposium that we miss recording the actual day. So let's do it individually and gather pix from cell phones that were on scene! Send the goods to Carl at web services.

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