|Members of the NIEHS veterinary medicine section include (from l) David Goulding,
Danielle Waxer, Terry Blankenship-Paris, Page Myers, Cathy Oakley, Sandy Hackney and James Clark. Their ideas resulted in the 2011 Lab Animal Tech Week poster shown below.
Laboratory Animal Technician Appreciation Week will be celebrated
at NIH Jan. 31-Feb. 4. Traditionally, lab animal technicians
have been recognized by the annual publication of a poster titled “NIH Celebrates Laboratory Animal Technician Week.” The poster is supported by the animal research advisory
committee’s Animal Awareness
Program. In order to honor this community, the committee decided last summer to solicit new themes celebrating everyone
involved with laboratory animal care.
The most appealing submissions came from the veterinary medicine section
of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Terry
Blankenship-Paris, chief of the section, explained, “I do a lot of animal rescue work and the events tend to have some kind of wordplay like ‘Bark in the Park’ and ‘Woofapalooza.’ And [a local] thrift shop that benefits animals is called ‘Retails,’ so we immediately went that direction with the poster.”
As an award for their theme being chosen, the NIEHS group will receive a mounted and framed poster for display in their facility located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
There are hundreds of animal care staff, technicians, facility managers and veterinarians supporting the NIH mission. NIH is proud to recognize their dedication.