Train-the-trainer-workshop (WG2) 25th April 2017 in Leuven
There is a lack of European laboratory animal trainers’ exchange and networking. To overcome this, COST has granted Action CA15131 ‘PRIMTRAIN’. Work Group 2 of the Action aims at increasing the competence of laboratory staff involved in animal behaviour management and animal training. Both require skills and knowledge that are difficult to acquire without proper guidance. Therefore one measure must be to train the trainer to optimally instruct fellow staff and students.
This Workshop’s goal was to impart means and strategies to already experienced staff involved with laboratory animal training to effectively share their knowledge to other staff at their facilities. Workshop participants were: experienced animal trainers (postdocs, PhD students, technical staff).
Communications Workshop (WG4) 1st November 2016 in Göttingen
The need and impact for ABM and laboratory animal training may be obvious to the lab animal trainers, nevertheless, they often need to argue the purpose and usefulness of ABM and training with peers or other members of the staff. On the other side animal staff often is confronted by outsiders with questions concerning their work. In this workshop we identifed particular argumentative obstacles that training/ABM staff faces in their day-to-day work and/or when communicating about their work to outsiders, such as the general public or legal authorities.
Based on this we developed useful communication strategies to overcome those obstacles, such as identified relevant arguments and communication concepts.