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Creating a World-Class Program through Training and Certification

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Memphis, TN 38125-8538, USA
Behav. Sci. 2017, 7(4), 78;
Received: 24 October 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 14 November 2017 / Published: 16 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State of Art in Non-Clinical Models for Neurodegenerative Diseases)
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The animal research field has gotten more sophisticated with the use of genetically engineered animals, biohazardous agents, and advanced technologies. Trained and competent personnel are a cornerstone of any animal care and use program. Individual career success is a combination of education, experience, continuing competence, professional development, and personal commitment. Integration of training and certification into programs demonstrate institutional commitment to quality research and enhance the program by providing staff with knowledge and training to address problems and situation that arise and to perform their job in a professional and effective manner. Professional development programs offered through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science—including the AALAS Learning Library and the AALAS certification process—will be presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; professional development; training; certification education; professional development; training; certification
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