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SNEAALAS General Membership Meeting

  • 12 Dec 2013
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 39 Briar Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877



December 12th from 3:00-6:30pm

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

39 Briar Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

This meeting includes a tour of the NEW Tox Facility!


This event is free to members.  Non-members can come but will be charged at $25.00 fee to cover food. You must be registered for this event and your name MUST be on the security list to gain access to our meeting.  NO WALK INS.  Please bring your government issued ID.  **Registration closes on December 5, 2013**


Dr. Mark Gold, DVM, Global Animal Welfare Officer and Director of Animal Resources: Overview

Focused fully on animal welfare, the Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Safety Assessment Building (SAB) is the embodiment of global best practices into a state of the art large animal vivarium.  Dedicated to the BI vision for harmonizing the highest global standard, the SAB is not just a building, but the venue for fulfilling our responsibilities to the animals in our care.   Boasting features such as abundant glass, expanded exercise areas, and complex social housing pens, this facility simplifies all practices to their very essence, creating a more cooperative environment for both animal and human alike. 

Cory Foppiano, B.S., CMAR, LATG, Manager, Non Clinical Drug Safety: Facility Design and Logistics

The SAB was designed with both animals AND users in mind.  Custom building layout and caging concepts were created to best suit the environmental needs of our animals, as well as the logistical needs of our staff.   The innovative design incorporates many key aspects: large animal holding spaces, ample natural light, highly functional support spaces, and a layout geared for creating efficiency.  The overall environment found within the SAB is ideal for animals and staff alike. 

Debra Tiano, M.A., CMAR, RLATG, Animal Resources Operations Lead: Husbandry and Operations

Overview of the anticipated challenges associated with maintaining a state-of-the-art facility and caring for animals in innovative housing concepts.

Rachel R. Strittmatter, DVM, MLAS, MS, DACLAM, Principal Clinical Veterinarian: Implementation of a Training Program

Rationale for implementation of a behavioral management program which includes the use of operant conditioning. Discussion on how this new opportunity was approached, how tasks are divided and measure success.

Anthony Ferraro, CMAR, RLATG, Environmental Enrichment Specialist, Animal Resources: Enrichment/Behavioral Management

Present on the design and evaluation of an Environmental Enrichment paradigm for NHP’s and canines as well as information on NHP and canine pen space utilization.


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