District 8 Annual Meeting

2020 District 8 AALAS Meeting
April 9-10 - Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Situated near Old Town Sacramento, a short drive from wine country, the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel offers unparalleled access to downtown activities.  Close to family-friendly attractions such as the Sacramento Zoo, Arden Fair and Fairytale Town. 

Join our hosts, the Sacramento Valley and Northern California Branches, in the capitol of California for this years' meeting!

Print and Post flyer: to promote the meeting at your institution      

This years’ theme:  One Health

We are pleased to announce Dr. Christine Kruder Johnson, VMD, MPVM, Phd, Associate Director of the UCDavis One Health Clinic and Director of the EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics will be give our Keynote Address!

 Attendees will have the opportunity to gain 1 AALAS CEU for attending 1 hour of this meeting. 
We have also applied for RACE credits.

Workshops - prior to the start of our conference

Bus service from the conference hotel to the UC Davis Campus will be available on April 8.  Instructions regarding bus service times will be emailed to participants prior to the date of the workshop at the email address provided on their registration information.  For those who will be driving locally, limited daily pay campus parking will be available across from the Cole facility.

Submental Bleed and Other Peripheral Bleed Biomethods in Mice - April 8: 12:30-2:30 pm. - Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus

Instructors: Elizabeth Carbone* DVM, DACLAM; Betty Ma DVM, DACLAM; Kristin Evans DVM, DACLAM

Workshop Synopsis:  This workshop is targeted toward laboratory animal technicians, veterinarians, and research staff working with mice requiring survival blood sampling.  The workshop will provide an overview of the peripheral blood collection areas most commonly used for repeat blood collection in mice and how to choose the best peripheral site based on collection need.  In this workshop, the participant will focus on learning and practicing techniques for obtaining peripheral blood samples from the submental vein in the mouse.  Instruction will include the location of the peripheral vessels available for peripheral bleed biomethods in the mouse, handling of the mouse to achieve best access to each peripheral vessel, and an overview of supplies needed.  While the focus of the workshop will be on participant practice obtaining samples from the submental vein, other peripheral bleeding sites including facial vein, tail vein, and saphenous vein will be reviewed. 

Maximum Attendees: 20 students

Price: $95 per attendee

Location: Workshop held at the Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus on Wednesday April 8, 2020 from 12:30-2:30 pm.

Special Instructions: Bus service from the conference hotel to the UC Davis Campus will be available on April 8.  Instructions regarding bus service times will be sent to participants prior to the date of the workshop at the email address provided on their registration information.  For those who will be driving locally, limited daily pay campus parking will be available across from the Cole facility.

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How to Tickle Your Rats: Best Practices for Rat Handling - April 8: 12-1pm or 2-3pm - Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus

Instructors: Megan Lafollette*, Amy Robinson-Junker MS, Brianna Gaskill PhD

Workshop Synopsis:  Handling of laboratory rats and other common husbandry and experimental procedures can be a source of stress leading to the development of aversive responses to handling or human presence that are suggestive of emotional distress. Aversive handling of animals can lead to a fearful relationship with humans, making handling difficult, and increasing the risk of injury for both handler and animal, thus affecting human and animal welfare. Recent research has provided evidence that tickling, a handling technique which mimics aspects of rat rough-and-tumble play behavior, is effective at reducing fear of humans when rats are handled for common husbandry activities and medical and research procedures such as injection. It has also been shown that tickling is perceived as positive by rats, improves the human-rat relationship and rat welfare. In order to effectively mimic the behavioral components of rat rough-and-tumble play and induce positive affect, the handler must learn how to properly interact with the rat. This workshop will provide a detailed description of the technique, close-up demonstration, and hands-on experience for participants to effectively acquire and apply the technique. Attendees will be required to complete a 30 min to 1 hour, interactive, online training about the technique prior to coming to the hands-on portion of the workshop. During the workshop attendees will be required to demonstrate proper technique on stuffed rats before then tickling live rats.

Maximum Attendees: 40 Attendees

Price: $75 per attendee (* Please read required pre-work below)

Location: Two workshop sessions will be offered. Workshop held at the Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus on Wednesday April 8, 2020 from 12-1 pm or 2-3 pm.

Special Instructions:

*Attendees will be required to complete a 30 min to 1 hour, interactive, online training about the technique BEFORE coming to the hands-on portion of the workshop. At the end of the online training, proof of online training can be printed and this will be need to be provided at the start of the hand on workshop.  Attendance to the hands on workshop will not be granted without proof of completion of the online course.  The online course is free of charge and should be completed any time prior to the hands on course.  Please choose the option for the certification course.  The online certification course is located at https://storage.googleapis.com/ecourses/Rat%20Tickling%20Certification/story_html5.html

Bus service from the conference hotel to the UC Davis Campus will be available on April 8.  Instructions regarding bus service times will be emailed to participants prior to the date of the workshop at the email address provided on their registration information.  For those who will be driving locally, limited daily pay campus parking will be available across from the Cole facility.

Opportunity to attend the Mini-Leadership Academy!

Some of Our Presentation Topics:

*  Lyme Disease  *
*  Cephalopod Research  *
*  Valley Fever Research  *
*  What We Can Learn from Orphaned Kittens  *

Get poster form: https://ncbaalas.org/resources/Documents/D8-2020%20Poster%20Submission.pdf
Submit  a poster abstract
ncbaalas.org/resources/Documents/D8-2020%20Poster%20Submission.pdf

Questions? contact khsison@ucdavis.edu

 

We hope you can make the trip to Northern California for the 2020 D8 Meeting!

Registration is open: http://ncbaalas.org/event-3609213
General registration: $325, Single day registration: $175

Contact ncbaalas@gmail.com for bulk registrations

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J Street - Sacramento, California - (916)447-1700 - from $189.00/night

 Registration flyer: /sites/default/files/flyers/D8-2020_Registration-flyer.pdf

Exhibitor Registration Levels

Platinum Sponsor (Limit 10) - $850

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Priority Placement
  • Special Recognition in Program and on Signage
  • 1/2 Page advertisement in Program
  • 5 minute Presentation
  • Registration for 2 people

Gold Sponsor (Limit 15) - $725

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Priority Placement
  • Special Recognition in Program and on Signage
  • 1/4 Page advertisement in Program
  • Registration for 2 people

Silver Sponsor (Unlimited) - $5

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Special Recognition in Program
  • Business Card advertisement in Program
  • Registration for 1 person

Bronze (Unlimited) - $425

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Registration for 1 person

Additional Vendor Registration - $120

  • After paying sponsorship, an additional vendor attendee can be registered for $120

Additional Monetary Donations 

  • Special Recognition in Program

 

2020 D8 AALAS Meeting: Commercial Exhibitor Sponsorship Opportunities

AM (x2) Break: Thursday & Friday Mornings

  • 6 x $250 Vendor Sponsorships be made available.
  • This includes: Power drinks and assorted fruit juices, fresh whole fruit, Nutri-grain, power bars and trail mix, Starbucks freshly brewed coffee, a selections of teas and hot chocolate, Starbucks Frappaccinos.

PM (x1): Break: Thursday Afternoon

  • 2 x $250 Vendor Sponsorships available.
  • This includes: Assorted cookies and brownies, whole fruit, Pepsi brand sodas, bottled water and flavored sparkling water, Starbucks freshly brewed coffee, decaf and a selection of teas.

Social Event: 

  • 3 x $750 Vendor Sponsorships available.

Keynote Sponsorship: 

  • 1 x $1,000Vendor Sponsorship available.
  • This is an Exhibitor opportunity to sponsor the Keynote Speaker and also allows them to introduce the keynote speaker, as the sponsor.

D8 Event Tote Bags:

  • 4 x $250 Vendor Sponsorship available

Vendor Raffle:

  • There will be the usual event Vendor raffle for which exhibitors are encouraged to contribute and no individual “raffles” at individual exhibitor tables.
  • Please email vinnie@ancare.com & dee@lithgowservices.com to let us know if you will be participating and what your company will provide for event raffle items.

Exhibitor questions?  Contact Dee or Vinnie

 


The AALAS District 8 holds an annual educational meeting in the spring of each year. The meeting is rotated between the Branches to allow for greater participation by the local Branch members. Each annual meeting is a three day event running from the opening activities on Wednesday afternoon through the conclusion of the educational presentations on Friday afternoon.

The Branches of District 8 entered into a cooperative agreement with the formation of the District 8 Council whose sole charge is to support, promote, and insure continuation of the annual District 8 meeting and to provide the best meeting for our members.

The current District 8 zones:

  • Northwest: Northern Rocky Mountain, Oregon, & Washington
  • Capitol Bay Area: Sacramento Valley, & Northern California
  • Desert: Mountain West & Arizona
  • South Pacific: Hawaii, Southern California, & San Diego

The current District 8 Meeting schedule is:
2020 – Capital-Bay Area (No Cal, Sac Valley)
2021 – Desert Zone (Arizona, Mountain West)
2022 – South Pacific Zone (Palms to Pines, San Diego, So. Cal)
2023 - National AALAS Meeting - Salt Lake City, UT - October 22-26
2024 – Northwest (Northern Rocky Mtn., Oregon, Washington)

 

View Previous Meetings

2009 - South San Francisco, CA - 482 attendees (324 individuals, 158 vendors)
2012 - Irvine, CA - 192 attendees (113 individuals, 79 exhibitors)
2013 - Portland, OR - 276 atendees (189 individuals, 87 exhibitors)
2015 - National AALAS in Phoenix - 4047 attendees with 1400 exhibitors
2017 - Salt Lake City, UT - 161 attendees (96 individuals, 65 exhibitors)
2018 - Newport Beach, CA - 262 attendees (159 individuals, 103 exhibitors)
2019 - Seattle, WA (215 attendees, 54 exhibitors)