Humane Care Awards & Scholarships

Explore our awards that recognize those who share our commitment to humane care:

  • Charles River Prize

    The Charles River Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine and has a global reach. The presentation of the prize takes place at the annual AALAS Awards Ceremony. Presenting at the North American laboratory animal science organization’s annual meeting provides the perfect forum for this special recognition of exceptional achievement in laboratory animal science and medicine.

  • Charles River Medallion

    The Charles River Medallion is 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.”

  • Laboratory Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE) Poster Awards

    The 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 CAAT. 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 the award as well as past winners, click here.

  • Lab Animal Specialist Travel Awards

    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.

  • Charles River Short Course Scholarship

    The Charles River CHARTER (Commitment to Human Animal Research Through Excellence and Responsibility) Program is proud to sponsor a limited number of scholarships for the Charles River Short Course on laboratory animal science. If you are currently a first or second year resident in an ACLAM-recognized training program or a veterinarian or veterinary technician with less than 5 years’ experience and working full-time in a research animal facility, please consider applying for a scholarship for the Charles River Short Course.

    Download the scholarship application