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GVB AALAS Meeting - 23 August, 2018

Topic: Lab Animal Allergens
By: Richard S. Cluck, BS, LATG
Lab animal facilities are increasingly housing greater number of rodents in crowded spaces than ever before.  Due to this increased use of rodents since the late 80s and the early 90s we are seeing a greater increase in the number of individuals that are affected by the rat and mouse urinary proteins.  These proteins are the cause of allergens and the most significant occupational disease that affects workers within the lab animal community.  This presentation is designed to discuss the effects on personnel, impact on the industry and discuss equipment and procedures that can be utilized to alleviate or diminish the effects of the allergens. 

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

About the Presenter:  Richard S. Cluck, BS, LATG


Richard Cluck is the IVC Product Specialist for Tecniplast, USA Inc., which is a leading manufacturer of caging and washing equipment for the lab animal industry.  As the Product Specialist, Richard provides support and training to the sales reps, office personnel, service technicians and clients.  He also provides feedback from the field to the factory.


Richard has over 35 years of experience within the lab animal community.  He began working as an animal technician, eventually progressing into the position of manager at the University of Kentucky in 1987.  He later moved over as the supervisor at the VAMC-Lexington in 1996, and then became sales representative for Britz-Heidbrink in 2002. Since 2005, he has been a sales rep for Tecniplast, before taking over his current position in 2009.  He also served for six years on the Board of Trustees for national AALAS, numerous committees (Online Learning, ILAM, Awards, CTAD, etc...) and President for the Kentucky Branch AALAS.

2018 Baltimore, MD - AALAS Foundation Cup - Set Sail With Lab Animal Science Contest 

Ahoy Mate!


Hoist up your creative juices and gather those paint brushes! Registration is now OPEN into the "AALAS Foundation Cup - Set Sail with Lab Animal Science" contest!


Baltimore is known for its historic ships and Inner Harbour - which is why the AALAS Foundation has designed a sail boat theme contest to be held at the 2018 AALAS National Meeting.


We are challenging contestants to creatively paint/decorate an 8 1/2" wooden boat. A link to order the official wooden boat will be sent via email to contestants upon payment of the contest entry fee and completion of the official contest registration form.


Don't worry - you don't have to know how to sail to enter the contest! Simply show off your imagination and artistic talent by creatively painting/decorating an official contest wooden boat!


Click here for contest details/rules and to register for entry into the contest!







Questions? Contact foundation@aalas.org or visit www.aalasfoundation.org