Events and Announcements

Registration for the 2017 MN AALAS General Meeting is NOW OPEN!!

posted Jun 7, 2017, 12:07 PM by Mnaalas Admin

Registration for the 2017 MN AALAS General Meeting is now open! This event will be held on Thursday, June 22nd from 6:00-8:00pm at the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building (room 2-120) at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus. Parking will be at the expense of attendees. For detailed parking information and a map to the building, visit this website:


This event is open to all MN AALAS Members as well as non-members (students, for example) and will focus on the different and amazing career opportunities within the field of laboratory animal research presented by your peers and industry professionals. The event will be set up as a "raid-fire" type presentation with 5-6 different presenters.


Oh, did we almost forget to mention... FREE FOOD? Dinner will be provided by Noodles and Company!


Register for the event here:


CALL FOR SPEAKERS: We are looking for a handful of individuals currently working in the field of laboratory animal research that would be willing to give a 10 minute presentation (supported by a PowerPoint presentation) about their current job within the field. Please send an email to if you are interested.

Join the MN AALAS Homes for Animal Heroes Vitual 5k Team!

posted Jun 6, 2017, 1:39 PM by Mnaalas Admin   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 1:40 PM ]

The MN AALAS Branch is participating in the Homes for Animal Heroes virtual 5k fundraiser. That means that you can complete this 5k on your own time (as long as it is before the deadline of June 30th) while still raising money for a wonderful cause. The AALAS Branch that wins the most money wins the best prize of all.. BRAGGING RIGHTS! They say nobody can beat Texas, but let's show them how "Minnesota Nice" we really are! To join our team, visit:

Homes for Animal Heroes (HAH) is officially UP and RUNNING and now we'd like YOU to do the same to help us raise the funds needed to continue expanding our network!! HAH rehomes post-study dogs and educates the public about the TRUTH of how we care for them and why they are still necessary for human and animal health and well-being. You can learn about us and our mission on our new website: . Our research animals are heroes to millions of people and animals and HAH dogs are the cutest 'ambassadors for the truth' around!


HAH's 2017 Run for Research Awareness is a virtual 5K that anyone, anywhere can join. You can be in any state or country and help us raise awareness and support for the HAH mission! You can jog alone in your neighborhood or on a treadmill. You can walk/run with a team in your favorite park. You can walk/run with your dog. You can create a team of people walking their dogs... or whatever you else you dream up. The point is to have fun and raise funds for an unprecedented and important cause! Registration is open NOW and folks will be able to contribute and participate until June 30th, 2017. You can run whenever you want. It's up to you! Many of us are putting teams together with our dogs and kids and choosing a day to walk/run together with our work families. Dogs that are registered will receive their own race medal and the team with the most dogs will receive special prizes!


What to do: Follow this link  to join an existing team or start your own team. Then, create your profile, set a fundraising goal, and share on social media. This is a great way to get your friends and family involved. They can join your team and run to support our animal heroes, or they can contribute to your campaign to help you raise money! It costs nothing to join or create a team, though anyone can contribute at any time. The goal is to get people to join your team and share their fundraising pages on social media to gather sponsors. Lots of Homes for Animal Heroes goodies will be awarded for funds raised by individuals and there are team awards too!


Most importantly, the local AALAS branch that raises the most money will receive a trophy and bragging rights on the Homes for Animal Heroes website! And none of y'all are going to beat Texas - haha!! Be sure to indicate which local AALAS branch you belong to when registering yourself or your team and...

MN AALAS Spring Networking Event

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:09 AM by Mnaalas Admin   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 6:16 AM ]

Are you interested in learning about new opportunities in the field of laboratory animal science?

Would you like to meet new friends and professionals that share similar interests as you?

Do you enjoy free pizza?

Come join MN AALAS for a casual networking event at Lynlake Brewery on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6-8pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet and visit with technicians and other professionals who work with laboratory animals every day!

Lynlake Brewery
2934 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 224-9682

Direct Link to a map of the event location:

MN AALAS Q1 Newsletter

posted Mar 16, 2017, 6:39 AM by Mnaalas Admin   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 6:40 AM ]

A few weeks ago, we sent out the MN AALAS Q1 newsletter, you can also find it attached below. Going forward, all newsletters will be mailed as well as posted in file format to the MN AALAS website. If you are looking to sponsor and advertise within the MN AALAS newsletter, please contact us at

2017 MN AALAS Awards Meeting

posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:08 AM by Mnaalas Admin   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 11:28 AM ]

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 MN AALAS Awards Meeting last Wednesday! We had a great time at the Leatherdale Equine Center. A special congratulations to all of the award recipients and nominees:
Technician of the Year: Shannon May and Natalie Burr (recipient)
Technologist of the Year: Cassie Alcox and Ann Gebo (recipient)
Patrick J. Manning: Angela Craig, Cassie Alcox, Liz Roby and Jaimie McKenzie (recipient)

2017 MN AALAS Awards Meeting (click the link for pictures)

MN AALAS Networking Event

posted Feb 3, 2017, 9:24 AM by Mnaalas Admin

Are you interested in learning about new opportunities in the field of laboratory animal science? Would you like to meet new friends that share similar interests as you?

Come join MN AALAS for a casual networking event at Insight Brewing on Wednesday February 15th  from 6:00-8pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet and visit with technicians and other professionals who work with laboratory animals every day!


Insight Brewing

2821 E. Hennepin Ave

Minneapolis MN 55413

Direct Link to a map of the event location:



We hope to see you there!

Online Prep Courses for AALAS Certification Now Offered

posted Jan 18, 2017, 6:26 AM by Mnaalas Admin

Sol Del Mar, Inc. is offering online prep courses for AALAS Certification at all levels. See schedule below for prices and dates. Happy studying!

2017 MN AALAS Board of Directors

posted Jan 4, 2017, 11:58 AM by Mnaalas Admin

MN AALAS held elections for 2017 Board Members on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016. A huge thank you to everybody that came and voted for your candidates!
Without further ado, the 2017 MN AALAS Board Members are as follows:

Liz Roby-President
Erica Hollen-Vice President
Jaimie McKenzie-Secretary
Danie Kallas-Treasurer

Committee Members
Dr. Angela Craig- Membership, Chair
Tricia Meyer-Programs and Events, Chair
Dr. Mark Suckow- Elections and Awards, Chair
Naomi Wick- Education and Outreach, Chair and Public Policy and Legislation, Member
Mary Watson- Public Policy and Legislation, Chair
Natalie Schuh-Membership, Member
Dani Zehowski- Programs and Events, Member
Jess Mach- Programs and Events, Member
Amber Dargis- Elections and Awards, Member and Education and Outreach, Member
Jesse Heitke- Elections and Awards, Member
Ann Gebo- Education and Outreach, Member
Dr. Nate Koewler- Education and Outreach, Member
Natalie Burr- Public Policy and Legislation, Member

Congratulations everyone!

District 6 Meeting Registration

posted Oct 3, 2016, 6:35 AM by Mnaalas Admin   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 5:51 AM ]

Registration is now closed for the 2017 District 6 meeting in Minneapolis, MN!
Join us March 29-31, 2017 at the Mall of America Best Western Continental breakfast is served daily for hotel guests. Reserve your room by visiting the website mentioned above, or by calling 952.854.8200 (or toll free at 800.780.7234).
Registration includes (tentative schedule subject to change):
  • Wednesday evening registration banquet at 6:00pm
    • Appetizers and drink tickets provided
  • Thursday session start time 9:00am
    • Dual track offering dry-lab and speaker sessions
    • Lunch provided
    • Keynote speaker with dinner and drink tickets provided
  • Friday session start time 8:30am
    • Dual track offering dry-lab and speaker sessions featuring exotics
    • Closing ceremony with award announcements at noon

Registration for this event will close Friday, March 10th.

Vendor Information
  • Vendor booth fee waived for sponsorships $100 +
  • Contact for other sponsorship opportunities and more information
  • Supplies can be sent to the hotel at 1901 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 55425 Attn: Jamie Becker. Also put the function name (AALAS District 6 Convention) on the boxes.
  • Meals are not included with vendor booths or sponsorships.
  • Vendor registration and sponsorship ad cutoff to be printed in the D6 booklet will be February 28th. Any payments or ads received after this date may be included in an insert instead.


D6 Registration Will be Opening Monday, October 3rd!

posted Sep 28, 2016, 4:57 AM by Mnaalas Admin

Hello everyone! The day is almost here- registration for the D6 Conference hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 29-31, 2017 will open MONDAY (!!!) October 3rd. Keep an eye out for an announcement email as well as an event post on our website when registration has officially opened.

As a reminder, cost per attendee will be $175, cost for vendors looking to exhibit at the conference will be $50/booth. There will be two separate registrations for vendors and attendees.

If you are looking to sponsor the conference, please email for more information.

We can't wait to see you all in March!

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