Awards & Scholarships

CHARTER Awards & Scholarships

Charles River Short Course Scholarships
Currently, there is a shortage of veterinarians working in our field. The scholarship program for the Short Course is one effort to increase the number of veterinarians entering the field of laboratory animal medicine. We sponsor scholarships for veterinary students and veterinarians who are not currently involved in laboratory animal medicine but are considering a career change.

Charles River Medallion
Administered through the Laboratory Animal Management Association, which advances the laboratory animal management profession through education, knowledge exchange and professional development. Members represent most of our major customers. The medallion is given in “recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of laboratory animal management by an administrator or manager who is a member of the National Laboratory Animal Management Association (LAMA) and is currently engaged in laboratory animal management.” Learn more »

Charles River Prize
For thirty-five years, Charles River has proudly sponsored the Charles River Prize in recognition of outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine in the US. Beginning in 2013, we expanded the reach of the Charles River Prize to include our international colleagues and transferred the presentation of the award to the AALAS Awards Ceremony. This international forum, at the premier laboratory animal science organization’s Annual Meeting, provides the perfect audience for this special recognition of exceptional achievement in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine. Learn more »

Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE) Poster Awards
LAWTE aims to promote an information exchange among laboratory animal welfare trainers on training programs, systems, materials and services for the purpose of promoting the highest standards of laboratory animal care and use. LAWTE supports awards for the best posters at its bi-annual meeting.

Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing Charles River Excellence in Refinement Award

This award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, promotion or implementation of refinement alternatives. This award is based on the conviction that the humane care of laboratory animals is both a moral imperative and a scientific necessity. The award is administered through the Center for Alternative to Animal Testing (CAAT) and is presented at a prominent session of the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences.

Nominations are processed by CAAT and should be sent by letter directly to Ruth Brady ( Please provide a curriculum vitae with a bibliography, as well as a cover letter with a brief description of the nominee's professional background and a statement pertaining to the nominee's qualifications for the award. For information on past winners, click here. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Dr. Marilyn Brown at

Lab Animal Specialist Travel Award
Administered through the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS), the recipient is a biomedical scientist or veterinarian from South or Central America who is involved with experimental animals and is a member of their local or regional laboratory animal science organization. The award sponsors the individual's travel to the national AALAS meeting. The AALAS meeting is the largest laboratory animal science meeting in the world.

Other Awards

Charles River UK Award for Excellence
The Charles River UK Award for Excellence recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science, welfare and care. This award is given to a professional working toward scientific discovery through the use of animals where there are no validated alternatives, someone involved in care and/or research that advances the well-being of laboratory animals, or someone who manages laboratory animal facilities.