Warrenton, VA - Two weeks ago ILAR Roundtable hosted a workshop in Washington D.C. titled "Transportation of Laboratory Animals: A Workshop of the Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use." Two ATA board members, Judy Franco, Pfizer, Inc. and Bruce Clemmons, FedEx Live Animal Desk, participated in the event - a public workshop that examined several critical issues relating to the transport of laboratory animals. The workshop examined aspects and differences in the global transport system: Regulations, required documentation, common pitfalls, and mistakes. The workshop also looked at animal health considerations to be aware of when dealing with air cargo versus land transport, reviewing capabilities and limitations of each modality as it relates to environmental control.
One of the features of the event saw participants working together on interactive exercises in journey planning, with one exercise focused on creating plans for when an unexpected problem arises in the transport of the research animals. The roundtable concluded by exploring the multiple perspectives of different constituencies and their roles involved with the shipment of laboratory animals - everyone from academic research labs to the transport carriers themselves.
A summary of the workshop will be published by the National Academies Press.