Moving On

ECLAM has a plan for the future.

Strategic Plan

Our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan is now on the website. The plan will streamline ECLAM over the next 5 years, create additional resources for residents and supervisors, and reach out to veterinary colleagues to promote the diploma. Working together in focussed teams, we will encourage our colleagues to join us in  improving the quality of laboratory animal science and medicine. How will you be involved?

Examination candidates will shortly be contacted with additional details about the 2021 certification examinations. ECLAM needs additional time to plan for the 2021 examinations, so candidates are asked to confirm their intentions before 31 January.

2021 Certification Examinations

ECLAM will administer the 2021 examinations to a record number of candidates. There will be significant changes in the delivery and content of the examinations. 

The written examination will be held at several sites in Europe to facilitate travel, probably over two days in September. EBVS has contracted with ExamSoft to enable all Colleges to use a computerised method of examination delivery. Candidates will need to bring a laptop with the examination app installed. 

Practical skills will no longer be assessed during the certification examinations. The oral examination will be conducted via online meeting. For invigilation purposes, candidates will again be required to travel to an examination site on one day.

 

New! ECLAM Word Search

Find all the words in the puzzle that relate to anaesthetics or analgesics used in lab animals. The puzzle link below should open online, or you can go to https://mywordsearch.com/440638/Anaesthetics-and-Analgesics. Be among the first to find all the words and be recognised as an ECLAM WS Champion! And be warned– these are going to get more difficult.

Council to Meet for Strategic Planning on 20-21 April

Council will meet for two half-day sessions to discuss the results of recent surveys of Diplomates, Residents and ESLAV members. The new 5-year strategic plan will be posted on our website once the details are finalised and leaders have accepted the challenge to support ECLAM’s mission. 

WVA Congress online

The 36th World Veterinary Association Congress will now be available online, with two free sessions:

  1. The 7th Global One Health Summit on climate change and its future impact on disease burdens, food security and the economy will be online on 25 April at 20:00 CET. Representatives of several organisations including the WHO, OIE, FAO, WMA and IVSA will be presenters. 
  2. A seminar on Animal Welfare of Equine and Donkeys will be online at 20:00 CET on 2 May.

To register for the free sessions, see https://wvac2020.thewebinarvet.com/free-access-wva-global-one-health-summit/

You may also register for the entire conference at a 20% discount (£77.60+VAT) until the 24th April. For the complete listing and registration, see https://wvac2020.thewebinarvet.com/

Member Discount on CRC Press and Routledge Books

ECLAM Diplomates and Residents can obtain a 20% discount on all books and 35% off all e-books from the publisher (Taylor & Francis). The sitewide offer ends on 31 May. For a list of lab animal science books, see https://tinyurl.com/T-FBooks

To obtain the code for the discount, complete the form below and request the Taylor & Francis code:

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Vet Student Training

Our colleague Anne-Dominique Degryse reports that she knows of some first-year veterinary students in France who are very interested in finding temporary placements in lab animal medicine. If you can help, please contact the Secretariat to be put in touch with Anne. 

Council Position

ECLAM will hold an election this spring for a new Council member. If you can spend an hour a month in a teleconference, plus one or two face-to-face meetings each year for two years, please consider this opportunity to expand your career and fulfil your commitment to serve the College. Contact the chair of the Nominations Committee for further information.

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Record numbers of credentials applicants for 2020

ECLAM received a very positive response to the initiative to invite internationally-recognised experts to apply to sit the exams. Seven people are now being evaluated by the Credentials Committee, in addition to two residents who have completed their training. Evaluations will be completed by 31 March.

Dates of AGM and Oral/Practical Exams

The Annual General Meeting of ECLAM will be on 25 November 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland, in conjunction with the SGV/ESLAV/ECLAM Annual Scientific Meeting. We plan to webcast the AGM to those who cannot attend in person. Tentative plans for a pre-meeting day dedicated to ECLAM residents are being considered, so please plan to be in Lausanne on the 23rd November.

The oral/practical examinations will be held at the University of Lund for the second year. The dates will be 16-17 November 2020. If there are more candidates than can be examined in those two days, the time will be extended, with an aim to have each of the candidates complete their exams on one of the days. Dates for the written examinations have not been finalised yet, and they may not be in Glasgow this year due to an unexpected schedule conflict.

New publication from our Diplomates

Three ECLAM Diplomates have co-authored a paper in JACC Basic to Translational Science. Sheep were implanted with tissue-engineered heart valves in a 24-week study.

If you’ve recently published, let us know and we’ll highlight it in future blogs!

Read The Paper

 

Nominations for new Council member are open

We are wholly dependent on our Diplomates to build the College and fulfil our mission. ECLAM will hold an electronic election for a new Council member this spring. The initial term is 2 years, renewable twice. Council members attend monthly teleconferences and one or two face-to-face meetings per year. Any Diplomate, whether active, non-certified or retired, is encouraged to consider this opportunity to serve the College and gain leadership experience.

Contact the Nominations Committee Chair, Thea Fleischmann, if you are interested– or know of a colleague who may be willing but is too shy to self-nominate!

Networking Groups now building

We have been using Groups.io as a way to work on projects together for a couple of years. A Group is a private forum where members can discuss ideas, meet other people, share files and a calendar, and even build a wiki. Council, the website development team, the Examination Committee, those preparing for the next year’s exams, and the Diplomates groups are up and running. Residents are encouraged to join the Residents group, as are members of the Training Committee and the Credentials Committee. Please consider signing up for a group and start to network with your colleagues!

NC3Rs International Prize 

The application deadline for the 2020 prize is 6 March. This prize recognises a paper published in the last 3 years which potentially has major impact on the 3Rs. The award includes a grant for £28000 plus a personal award of £2000. For more information, go to the website or send an email to 3Rsprize@nc3rs.org.uk.

2020 membership invoices

ECLAM is using a new accounting system, so the invoices are coming out a bit late this year. You will soon receive an email from <messaging-service@post.xero.com> with the subject line ‘Invoice INV-XXXX from ECLAM’. Initial tests have gone smoothly; you can click on the link in the email to go to Xero and pay by SEPA, PayPal or credit card. If you have any problems or questions, contact the Secretariat.

Streamlining and improving access

The Constitution and Bylaws of the College are definitely not a set of dusty forgotten files, at least not for the Council and Secretariat. The original documents have been amended many times over the years, each time requiring a more than ⅔ vote of those present to approve them. 

Some amendments have been made because our parent organisation, the EBVS, required changes of all Colleges in order to both harmonise and improve the quality of the management of the organisation. An appeals process, for example, was clearly delineated a few years ago to ensure that we knew how to handle potential challenges to an official College decision.

Of the amendments made over the past 5 years, those involving the dreaded publication requirements have incurred the most discussion among the Diplomates. We try to reflect the core values of our members, while encouraging residents to attain the qualification. But EBVS is clear that specialists in veterinary medicine must contribute to the body of knowledge in their disciplines, and the most acceptable way to do that is to conduct research and publish in the journals.

Meanwhile, as veterinarians are being asked to do more with less regardless of where they work, we find it difficult to get sufficient volunteers to serve the needs of our growing College. We try to strike a balance between asking for too much time to serve on committees or Council and the need to retain corporate memory to maintain leadership stability. New Diplomates should feel that they are needed in positions of leadership, and to start participating in the affairs of the College from the beginning of their tenure. Without their enthusiasm and fresh ideas the College will not continue to advance.

2019 brings yet another crop of amendments to be considered, and the ballots have been sent out. By October we will have counted the votes and put new procedures in place to keep ECLAM the action-oriented, enthusiastic organisation it has always been. 2020 will mark our 20th year; may we all commit ourselves to  supporting our mission for many years to come.

For the past few days I’ve been reading and hearing about some exciting news: the microbiome may affect neurologic disease like ALS. This news has popped up on my local public radio station, my Twitter feed, the weekly AVMA news, and as of this morning, the EARA newsletter. Somebody, I’m thinking, has a great public relations department!

And so when I saw it again on the EARA newsletter, I took the bait and clicked. Turns out the news is from the Weizmann Institute in Jerusalem. One of the co-authors is Alon Harmelin, a de facto member of ECLAM since 2003 and formerly the chair of the Training Committee.  Alon currently supervises two residents, with a third scheduled to sit the examinations this year.

The research, which was published in Nature on 22 July, describes extensive experiments using mice transgenic for the human SOD1 (G93A) mutation on a C57BL/6J background. The mice have a shortened lifespan and develop hindlimb paralysis, and are a recognised model for ALS. The authors show that they also have a unique microbiome compared to wild-type littermates. After a lengthy series of experiments, they identified Akkermansia muciniphila as a source of nicotinamide, which improved motor signs in the mice on Rotarod and grip-strength testing as well as neurologic exam. In a small cohort of human ALS patients, a similar correlation with nicotinamide levels and possibly even the same bacterial species was identified. 

Congratulations to Prof Harmelin and his staff on helping to bring this significant research to fruition! We hope it results someday in improved treatments for people with Lou Gehrig’s disease.