Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of LAVA, ESLAV and ECLAM, we are very pleased to invite you to our joint scientific meeting:
The Designated Veterinarian – Bridging Animal Welfare and Science
This will take place on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th September 2013, in Cambridge, UK, a city with an incredible history of world famous discoveries in bioscience. The meeting will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of LAVA, and will provide a great opportunity to expand your professional and personal network and to exchange views in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. It will be the fourth time that ESLAV and ECLAM and LAVA have organized a joint scientific meeting, and will be open to non-members for a small additional fee.
The program is varied and will be of interest, both scientifically and practically, to all veterinarians working with laboratory animals. The themes of the meeting are:
- The “cleanliness” of laboratory animals and the role of “germ free” animals
- Workshops on clinical cases* and on the recruitment, retention and education of Designated Vets.
- Systematic reviews
- The effects of disease on phenotype
- Laboratory animal welfare
* Note that the workshop on clinical cases will be limited to 40 people, so don’t forget to indicate on your registration form if you would like to attend this session. Places will be allotted on a first come, first served basis. Further information on the workshops can be found on the links on the Programme page.
There will also be a session to allow members the opportunity to give short presentations (15 minutes) on subjects of general interest in the session on Tuesday morning entitled “From Vet to Vet”. These may be clinical cases, top-tips, or refinements to techniques or animal models. Here is your chance to present some of your own work. If you have something that you would like to share, then please apply by submitting an abstract of your talk on the web-page entitled “Abstracts”. Further details can be also be found on the link in the Programme from the session “From Vet to Vet”. Alternatively, or additionally, you may wish to submit a poster presentation, which will be displayed throughout the meeting. Please use the same application form on the Abstract page to apply for poster presentations. ESLAV and ECLAM are awarding €500 for the best presentation and €500 for the best poster presentation at the meeting.
In addition to the scientific program, there will also be social events. For those arriving on the Sunday, we are hoping to organize an informal dinner at a local restaurant. On the Monday evening, we will be delighted if you can join us for a drinks reception at 18.30 in the College gardens, which will be followed by the GALA dinner at 19.30 in the beautiful surroundings of the College Dining room.
In 1209 a few students and teachers fled from the University of Oxford, made their way to Cambridge and started what we now know as the University of Cambridge. In 1318 the academic community was formally recognized by Pope John XXII. Now Cambridge owes its fame to the university, which is envied for its intellectual achievements and admired for the magnificent architecture of its colleges. This university has educated a good part of the country's intellectual elite. Newton discovered there the laws of universal gravity, Francis Bacon inaugurated the methods of modern science and the physicist Rutherford created nuclear physics. Cambridge is still among the top 5 Universities in the world and boasts the most Nobel Prizes.
This conference will be a fantastic opportunity to discover some of the 31 Colleges in Cambridge, to punt on the River Cam, to enjoy afternoon tea at the rural retreat where the poet Rupert Brooke tried to escape his hectic social life at the University, or to enjoy a pint in some of the old inns of Cambridge. It was in one of these that Crick and Watson came up with a proposal for the structure of DNA, while Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, was a regular in another. There are also idyllic walks and cycle rides to be enjoyed at the Backs, where some of the colleges back on to the River Cam, or within the University Botanic Garden. For those seeking more intellectual pursuits, a visit to one of the numerous museums, including the Fitzwilliam, the Polar and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, can be recommended.
Cambridge has lots to offer and we trust that this conference will be as successful as our previous joint ventures in Dublin (2000 and 2008) and Toulouse (2010). We look forward to seeing you in September in the historic surroundings of Cambridge. Please reserve the dates in your diary now and don’t leave it too late to register.