AAALAC International adopts new governance structure and accompanying bylaws, holds first meeting of new Directors
February 2017 - During its last annual meeting in September, AAALAC International ratified a change in its governance structure and created a Board of Directors (BOD). Since then, the organization held elections and named a new BOD comprised of six officers, six directors, and two representatives from the Council on Accreditation (the president and vice president). The new BOD was elected by the Member Organization Delegates (previously known as the Board of Trustees) who represent a wide variety of prestigious scientific and educational professional organizations from around the world. The change to the new governance structure enhances the responsiveness of AAALAC International's governing body to the needs of the organization and its program participants and further engages the Member Organizations through the formation of Advisory Groups. The Board of Directors held a very productive first meeting earlier this month.
"The new Board of Directors is committed to the future of AAALAC International and is part of a milestone event in the history of our organization," said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International's Chief Executive Officer. "AAALAC is privileged to be on the receiving end of the Board's expertise and wisdom."
Congratulations to the 2016 Global 3Rs Awards winners!
The Global 3Rs Awards program is a collaboration between AAALAC International and the IQ Consortium. Please join us in congratulating the 2016 winners of the Global 3Rs Awards!
The Global 3Rs Awards program recognizes individuals for their significant innovative contributions toward the 3Rs of animal research to advance ethical science in academia or industry in any area of biology. Click here for more information on this year's winners and their work, and the sponsors who make this program possible!
AAALAC International appoints James Swearengen Global Director
August 24, 2016: AAALAC International has appointed James R. Swearengen, D.V.M., Global Director. Dr. Swearengen currently serves as the Head of Comparative Medicine for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center in Frederick, Maryland. In his new position as AAALAC’s Global Director Dr. Swearengen will oversee the accreditation program globally as well as serve as one of the staff members representing AAALAC International and promoting AAALAC’s mission on a worldwide basis. He will also assist the Executive Director in implementing the policies and programs of the organization. Dr. Swearengen will assume duties as AAALAC's new Global Director on September 6th.
Dr. Swearengen has a long history of service with AAALAC International. He currently serves as a member and president of AAALAC’s Council on Accreditation, and has served as a Council Member and in other roles over the previous two decades. From 2004-2009 he also served as Senior Director for Education and Outreach for AAALAC where, as the first person in that role, he developed the position to support the accreditation program, to include establishing the Frequency Asked Questions section of the AAALAC International website.
“Dr. Swearengen has an exceptionally rich international background that extends beyond his affiliation with AAALAC, including living, and assisting in the establishment of animal care and use programs overseas,” said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International Executive Director. “This experience, combined with his deep knowledge of AAALAC’s accreditation program and processes, will serve AAALAC extremely well in his new position as Global Director. We are thrilled to welcome him back in this new capacity.”
Dr. Swearengen has also directed an ACLAM-approved laboratory animal medicine residency program for eight years and held an academic appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has extensive leadership experience in several organizations, including serving as past president of ACLAM, and service on international committees. His role as a member of the FASS 2010 Ag Guide revision committee, two National Academy of Sciences committees, and the revision committee that prepared the 5th edition of the CDC/NIH report “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories” (BMBL) are just a few of his pivotal writing contributions to the field of laboratory animal science and care.
“I feel truly honored for the opportunity to fulfill the role of Global Director for AAALAC International and to serve all the talented and dedicated people who contribute their valuable time, knowledge and energies to this great organization,” said Dr. Swearengen. “Describing the feeling of being given this occasion to support the incredibly important mission of AAALAC International on a global scale is beyond words.”
Prior to his work in the private sector, Dr. Swearengen had a 21-year career of active duty military service, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is board certified in both veterinary preventive medicine and laboratory animal medicine.
Dr. Swearengen has been the recipient of numerous commendations and medals throughout his prestigious career. Of note among them is the United Nations Special Service Medal and his selection as Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General in the field of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Swearengen!
The Council on Accreditation has completed an in-depth review of the Program Description template that has been in use since the publication of the 8th edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Based on feedback from institutional representatives preparing the Program Description in advance of hosting an accreditation site visit, as well as input from individual Council Members using the Program Description for the on-site assessments of institutional animal care and use programs and the AAALAC International Executive Office staff, the Council had determined that an update of the template was necessary to enhance the clarity of the intention of several questions, eliminate perceived areas of redundancy by re-grouping questions, improve the format of the document to help ensure all points in a question are addressed, and include the option for an institution to answer various questions by providing information in a table or as an appendix.
The Council on Accreditation will require use of the 2016 Program Description template following a transition period that encompasses the next three Program Description submission deadlines (i.e., December 1, 2016; April 1, 2017; August 1, 2017).
To access the 2016 and 2011 templates of the Program Description, go to www.aaalac.org/programdesc/index.cfm.
June 13, 2016: AAALAC International has appointed Kathryn Bayne, MS, PhD, DVM, DACLAM, DACAW, CAAB, as its new Executive Director. In this position, Dr. Bayne will serve as the chief executive of AAALAC International, headquartered in Frederick, Maryland. This includes overseeing the administration of AAALAC's offices in North America, Europe and Asia; supervising fiscal and personnel management for the association; providing oversight of AAALAC's Accreditation, Program Status Evaluation and Education & Outreach programs; and serving as AAALAC International's spokesperson.
Dr. Bayne will assume her duties on July 1. She succeeds Dr. Chris Newcomer who is retiring after serving eight years as AAALAC's Executive Director.
"Dr. Bayne brings a tremendous wealth of expertise, service and success as AAALAC International's Global Director to her new position, and has been instrumental in the organization's growth over the past two decades," said Gregory A. Timberlake, M.D., FACS, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Chair of the AAALAC International Board of Trustees. "Dr. Bayne's extensive knowledge of AAALAC's accreditation program and processes, understanding of the needs of the scientific community, dedication to animal welfare, and fluency in working with international markets make her uniquely qualified to take the helm."
Dr. Bayne is currently Global Director for AAALAC International, a position she has held for the past eight years. In this role she directed the accreditation program and traveled extensively worldwide to advance AAALAC's accreditation program and laboratory animal welfare. She has served on the AAALAC International staff since 1994. Her many achievements over the years include the development of the Council on Accreditation into regional Sections serving Europe and the Pacific Rim, the hiring of regional Directors to the AAALAC International staff, her extensive work introducing numerous countries to the AAALAC International accreditation program, and her extensive work in Asia to advance research animal welfare.
Dr. Bayne's history with AAALAC International began with being one of four total employees staffing a Council on Accreditation comprised of 18 members and a Board of Trustees (BOT) representing 41 scientific and professional organizations. During her tenure AAALAC grew to a staff of 16, supporting a 63-member international Council and 71-member BOT. She served on both the 1996 and 2014 Strategic Planning Committees and has attended 66 meetings of the Council on Accreditation and 25 meetings of the Board of Trustees (never having missed one during her employment).
"It has been an honor to have dedicated the last two decades of my professional career to AAALAC International," said Dr. Bayne. "I believe in the mission and work of this organization and that it plays a vital role in ensuring high-quality animal care and high-quality scientific outcomes. I look forward to championing AAALAC's values around the world. I am excited to have the opportunity to take on the role of Executive Director and to further AAALAC's mission as we continue to roll out the latest Strategic Plan, shift to a new governance structure and collaborate with the research community to ensure the AAALAC International accreditation program is providing value to participants."
Prior to joining AAALAC International Dr. Bayne worked at the National Institutes of Health leading a research program on nonhuman primate psychological well-being and environmental enrichment programs for primates, dogs, cats and swine. She is a certified applied animal behaviorist, and is internationally renowned for her work in laboratory animal behavior and welfare. Dr. Bayne has held several leadership positions including service as President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, the Association of Primate Veterinarians, as well as the District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association. She is past Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Committee, and was the inaugural Chair of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioner's Animal Welfare Committee. Dr. Bayne was the 2009 recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Award, the 2012 recipient of the Charles River Prize, and the 2016 recipient of the KCLAM Award for Global Support to Laboratory Animal Medicine in Korea.
Dr. Kathryn Bayne receives the KCLAM Award for Global Support to Laboratory Animal Medicine in Korea
Dr. Kathryn Bayne, MS, PhD, DVM, DACLAM, DACAW, CAAB, Global Director for AAALAC International, received the “KCLAM Award for Global Support to Laboratory Animal Medicine in Korea” at the organization’s 2016 annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea.
“We are enormously proud of Dr. Bayne and of the great honor she has brought to KCLAM by her achievements,” said KCLAM (the Korean College of Laboratory Animal Medicine) President Hyoung Chin Kim. “We thank Dr. Bayne for her many outstanding contributions to the Laboratory Animal Society in Korea.”
Dr. Bayne is Global Director for AAALAC International, where she has worked for more than 20 years.Â In this role she directs the accreditation program and travels extensively worldwide to advance AAALAC’s accreditation program and laboratory animal welfare.
“AAALAC International’sâ€”and myâ€”relationship with laboratory animal veterinarians and scientists in Korea began almost two decades ago.Â In 1998 the Korea Institute of Toxicology became the first accredited institution in the country.Â Today, almost 20 institutions have achieved this global hallmark of excellence, with additional institutions striving to earn this significant accomplishment,” Dr. Bayne said. “It is a special honor to receive this award at the 10th anniversary meeting of KCLAM.Â As always, I wish the very best for the specialty of laboratory animal medicine in Korea and offer my support and services to ensure its continuing pivotal role in life sciences research.”
AAALAC International changes official name; Headquarters Office moves to a new location in Frederick, Maryland
As a result of the adoption of AAALAC International's new strategic plan in 2015 and recent update to AAALAC's Articles of Incorporation, AAALAC International has ceased spelling out its acronym in favor of simply using "AAALAC International" as its legal, official name. As AAALAC's accreditation program has grown to encompass many wildlife and agricultural animal research programs, dropping the use of the word "laboratory" in conjunction with AAALAC allows for greater inclusivity. Please note that in all future communications in which your institution references AAALAC International, we ask that you use the acronym only. The AAALAC International logo remains unchanged.
AAALAC has moved its Headquarters Office a short distance to a new location in Frederick, Maryland. The Headquarters Office for AAALAC International is now located at:
AAALAC's European and Southeast Asia offices will remain at their current locations.
Questions regarding the name change and office move may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAALAC International Executive Director Dr. Chris Newcomer receives Charles River Prize
AAALAC International Executive Director Christian E. Newcomer, V.M.D., M.S., DACLAM, received the prestigious Charles River Prize during the 2015 National AALAS meeting. The Charles River Prize is awarded to a veterinarian in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine.
Dr. Newcomer joined AAALAC International as the Executive Director in 2008 and had participated in AAALAC's peer review activities since 1983. He is a 1977 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his appointment at AAALAC International he held academic and leadership positions in laboratory animal medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981-87), Tufts-New England Medical Center (1987-1994), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1994-2001), the Veterinary Resources Program at National Institutes of Health (2001-2003) and Johns Hopkins University (2003-2008). He is a past-president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (1996) and of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (2008). Dr. Newcomer has published 24 peer reviewed articles and 18 book chapters on various topics in laboratory animal medicine and science and was a co-editor of The Biology of the Laboratory Rabbit, Second Edition (1994) and The Mouse in Biomedical Research, Second Edition (2007). He also has participated frequently on national and international committees within laboratory animal science and has spoken widely on many topics to promote the quality of care of research animal subjects.
Congratulations Dr. Newcomer!
Video celebrates 50 Years of AAALAC International!
On April 8, 1965, AAALAC filed its articles of incorporation and embarked on fulfilling its mission to "enhance the quality of research, testing and education by promoting humane and responsible research animal care and use through provision of advice and independent assessments to participating institutions and accreditation of those who meet or exceed applicable standards."
As part of this celebration, we invite you to view a video that highlights the role AAALAC has played in fostering animal welfare and scientific discovery over the last five decades.
We hope you will join us remembering and celebrating and we thank you for continuing to raise the global benchmarks for animal care and well being in support of science.