Humane Care Awards & Scholarships
Explore our awards that recognize those who share our commitment to humane care:
CHARLES RIVER PRIZE
For thirty-five years, the Charles River Prize has been awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine in the US. In 2013, we expanded the reach of the Charles River Prize to include our international colleagues and transferred the presentation of the prize to the AALAS Awards Ceremony. Presenting at the premier 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 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.