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NCB-AALAS is honored to have many amazing speakers this year!

Here are some of what we have lined up for you.

Pamela Straeter, LATG, CMAR, CPIA

National AALAS President

Director, Global Technical Operations, Veterinary Sciences Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Pam Straeter works for Bristol-Myers Squibb as the Global Technical Operations Director in the Veterinary Sciences Dept. She has held positions in operations management & compliance within the pharmaceutical and nonprofit arenas.  With over 20 years’ experience in the research environment, Pam has served on various committees to include the Institutional Animal Care and Use and Institutional Biosafety Committees as well as participated in efforts to include design and renovation projects for various therapeutic research areas, successful global corporate quality assurance audits, AAALAC International site visits.  She has a Master of Science in Management, is a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist, Certified Manager of Animal Resources, Certified Professional IACUC Administrator and a graduate of the ILAM.   In the past, she has served in several leadership positions within the Delaware Valley and New Jersey Branches of AALAS, AALAS Foundation and LAMA.  Pam currently serves as the National AALAS President.

Julian Castaneda, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Director, Preclinical Safety Comparative Medicine, Attending Veterinarian,

AbbVie Bay Area

Kyna Byrd, MS, LATG

Former zookeeper and high school science teacher turned lab animal technician, with 15+ years of animal husbandry experience. I am LATG certified, and I recently graduated with my master's in laboratory animal science from Stanford University. My graduate research in Dr. Joseph Garner’s lab focused on laboratory animal welfare and my thesis project was on zebrafish enrichment. Having graduated, I am now employed at Stanford as their Animal Welfare Specialist. 

More Speaker information coming soon!

Symposium Poster Competition

Share your research and ideas with the laboratory animal science community and compete for a chance to win cash awards and ribbons! 

$$ Cash Prizes $$

1st place: 

2nd place: 

3rd place: 

People's Choice Award: 

Call for Abstracts

DUE BY JULY 17th, 2023


Authors will need to complete an NCB-AALAS Abstract Submission FormAbstract forms will be accepted up until July 17, 2023.

You will be notified via email if your abstract or poster is chosen to enter the contest.  

For more questions, contact

Abstracts/posters will be accepted for the following categories*:

Laboratory Investigation 

Clinical Case

Animal Welfare, Training, and the 3Rs 

All abstracts should be original work and should reflect the mission and spirit of NCB-AALAS. Previously presented abstracts/posters are welcome. Abstracts should be a single paragraph, not to exceed 300 words

    Authors will be notified by the Abstract Review Committee if their abstract has been accepted within 2 weeks of receipt of the submitted abstract.

    Poster Session

    Authors whose abstract has been accepted for presentation at the Symposium will be provided with a 4 ft. x 8 ft. fabric tackboard along with Velcro tabs in order to mount their poster.  

    Authors should plan on setting up their poster between 7:30-8:30 am the day of the Symposium. The author (or their alternate) should plan on presenting the poster during the Poster Session in the Commercial Exhibit Hall.  

    You are welcome to bring printed copies of your poster to share with attendees.  However, if you want to save trees and printer ink, provide the NCB Poster Committee with an electronic copy of your poster and you will receive a unique QR code you can display on your poster that will enable attendees to download on their cell phones.

    Judging will be performed by reputable members of the lab animal science community. Awards will be given for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place posters, and there will be a “People’s Choice” award for the poster that gets the most votes from meeting attendees.

    Poster awards will be presented at a reception immediately following the Symposium. 

    Download the Guidelines for Abstract/Poster Submissions for tips on creating an eye-catching poster. For more information, contact Abstract Review Committee Chair: 510-209-2891.

    2023 AWARDS...

    Details Coming Soon! 

    This event has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. 

    Updates will be provided once approved.

    Tentative Program

    7:30-Registration, Trade Show & Breakfast

    8:30-"Holistic Care of Laboratory Animals"

              Pamela Straeter, LATG, CMAR, CPIA, National AALAS President, Director, Global Technical        Operations, Veterinary Sciences Bristol-Meyers Squibb

    9:30-Pain Management in Laboratory Animals     

    9:30-Rat Tickling and Refined Animal Handling    

    9:30- Creating an Inclusive Vivarium

           10:15-Morning Break, Poster Viewing, & Raffle

    10:45-"Zigzag Career Paths in Lab Animal Science"

                   Multiple Panelists (TBD)

    11:45-Break, Poster Viewing, & Trade Show

    12:00-Luncheon, Awards and Keynote Address: 

          Pamela Straeter LATG, CMAR, CPIA, National AALAS President

    2:00-Aquatics and Amphibians

    2:00-Large Animals

    2:00-Rodents and Exotic Species

    2:45-Break, Poster Viewing, & Trade Show

    3:15-"Health Surveillance- In-vitro techniques (shake & bake, dust monitoring in racks etc)"         

    4:00-Wine and Cheese Social & Poster Contest Award Ceremony & Final Raffle


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