Upcoming Events

Below is the schedule for the remaining LAWTE webinars in 2015.  Three of the four featured webinars were presented at the LAWTE conference in June and were suggested as webinar topics for the LAWTE members who were not able to attend.  Registration to attend the next webinar is open.  Please e-mail Jon McGill with any questions.


Title: Training the English Language Learner: Tools to Incorporate Into Your Training  September 17

LaTesa Hughes – RLAT, DVM, MS, Clinical Vet. / Government Training Coordinator, NINDS/NIH

Successful communication is essential for staff training and it occurs when all parties understand the topic in the same way.  In the LAS community, personnel from cage washers to Principal Investigators are composed of people from many diverse backgrounds.  These differences in language, education and culture can hinder successful training; therefore, when training an English Language Learner (ELL), additional tools may be required to ensure the successful communication of ideas.   In this webinar, tools found to be instrumental in the successful training of ELLs will be demonstrated and shared.  Participants will also have a chance to put themselves in trainee’s shoes through an interactive exercise.  The successful implementation of these tools will help ensure a more competent trainer and help trainers better empathize with ELL staff.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Title: Training for Trades Personnel  October 20

Britannia Robinson – Training Coordinator/Developer, University of Pennsylvania

When considering who should be trained before being given permission to enter laboratory animal facilities most only consider researchers, animal care staff and veterinarians.  There are others, however, who need to be properly trained before being given permission to enter the animal facilities.  Facility support staff and trades personnel such as custodians, maintenance workers, carpenters, etc. often do not receive proper training related to policies and procedures before entering laboratory animal facilities.  Poor training of facility support staff can potentially lead to occupational health and safety risks, as well as security and compliance concerns for the animal facility and staff.  This presentation will cover a variety of methods on developing and implementing training for maintenance and support personnel who work in conjunction with the laboratory animal science field.


Title: Finding A Learning Management System That Works For You  November 17

William Singleton – DVM, DACLAM, Animal Care Training Services (ACTS)

Language found in the The Guide, and in regulatory documents such as the Animal Welfare Act, and in PHS Policy requires the need to ensure personnel training is provided and properly documented.  Interest is growing in the laboratory animal science (LAS) community in Learning Management Systems (LMS) that allow information related to an employee’s training requirements to be documented and retained in one location.  There is a wide variety of Learning Management Systems that come in different sizes and varying price points.  This presentation will cover the variety of LMS that are available to the field of LAS and what information needs to be captured to satisfy regulatory and accrediting bodies.

Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange