The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) is hosting the 2021 International Laboratory Animal Technician Week on January 31 through February 6. This annual celebration recognizes laboratory animal technicians for their essential contributions as members of the research team.

Washington State University employs many essential workers that come to their work location every single day, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. One group of these heroes are the laboratory animal and veterinary staff technicians who care for the many animals that are essential to the scientific discoveries, teaching endeavors and education of future veterinary, agricultural and scientific students.

The 2021 International Laboratory Animal Technician Week theme celebrates how “Technicians Light the Path to Discovery.” This week celebrates unsung professionals who care for the animals at WSU campuses and extension locations.

The Committee on Technician Affairs created the National Laboratory Animal Technical Week in 1999. In 2002, it was renamed the International Laboratory Animal Technician Week, allowing technicians from around the world to participate in the event. Special items of recognition for technicians are available at the AALAS National Meeting each year and from the AALAS Bookstore.

If you know and/or work with these WSU employees, please extend your thanks and appreciation to recognize their essential contributions as members of the research educational team.