Symposium Features


Learning Resource Centre (LRC)


The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a central feature in the exhibit hall. The LRC was introduced to CALAS in 2012. It is a volunteer run area that is intended to provide you with an opportunity to share ideas about training and implementation of the 3 Rs. The LRC has on display: a variety of ‘tech tips’ and  training tools (both commercially available and hand-crafted) and a practical hands-on area where you can try some of the tools on display.


All items and resources are on loan from the volunteers or from commercial vendors.  We also welcome you to share your training tips and ideas!  We know that many of you have great ideas on how to teach and train.   Send us an email at if you have some time to volunteer or tools to share.


Trainer’s Breakfast


We are excited to be hosting another Trainers’ Breakfast at the symposium on Tuesday, May 8th. This breakfast is open to Symposium attendees who currently train, or have an interest in learning more about training individuals who work with research animals. We invite you to join us for breakfast and a facilitated conversation on the following topic: How are we doing?; Assessing our effectiveness as trainers. The format will include opening remarks and instructions, facilitated breakout discussions, and a wrap-up discussion with the all attendees. Facilitators will be present at each table to assist you in navigating through various questions and resources related to this years’ topic.


Please, feel free to bring along your own questions and resources that would be of value to the group. Note that both French and English facilitators will be present at this event. We are looking forward to this opportunity to share ideas with each other to continue improving our effectiveness as trainers.


Co-Location & Collaboration


Maximize your time in Québec City as various events will be taking place in conjunction with the 2018 Symposium including: 


CCAC National Workshop – Saturday, May 5, 2018


Join the Canadian Council on Animal Care for a day of thought-provoking presentations and engaging breakout sessions delivered by expert speakers.  Help the CCAC celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of countless dedicated and passionate individuals who have shaped the CCAC over the past fifty years.   Click here to learn more about the program and to register direct with CCAC.

CCAC will also be presenting the opening keynote and a Scientific Session on Monday morning of the Symposium.




CALAM/ACMAL will be hosting a number of events during the Symposium including:

Sunday, May 6

Annual General Meeting (for CALAM/ACMAL Members only)

Monday, May 7

CALAM/ACMAL Luncheon with Guest Speaker:  Dr. Daniel Pang  (for CALAM/ACMAL Members only)

Scientific Session:  The Digital Vivarium (open to all Symposium Participants)


For more information on CALAM/ACMAL, click here.


5th Regional Conference on Laboratory Animals 


This annual Québec education will be held on Tuesday, May 8th and is jointly presented by the University of Laval and CALAS/ACSAL.  A full day of French language education will be available and participants will be invited to join in all networking activities and the exhibit hall.  Participants can register for the day through the CALAS/ACSAL Symposium registration system.


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