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Join us for a day of exploration at our upcoming event! Experience a variety of educational talks aimed to inspire and inform.

Explore topics like ‘Working Together for Welfare: Enriching the Lives of Animals and Technicians,’ where experts will share innovative approaches to animal welfare. Immerse yourself in the intriguing career journey discussed in ‘A Provoking Career Trajectory: From Rockets to Rodents,’ revealing unexpected paths to success.

Don’t miss out on this chance to broaden your horizons, acquire valuable insights, and connect with like-minded individuals in our vibrant industry community.

We understand the huge importance of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) within our industry and want to ensure that this event will support that as much as possible. We can therefore offer 9 CPD points for attendance at this event.

Event Outline

9.00 – 10.00

Registration and Coffee

10.00 – 10.15

Introduction of first talk & thank you’s.

Julie Keeble & Rachel Maylott

10:15 – 10:30

Dr Julie Keeble, Director of  Biological Services, King’s College London

Presenting on ‘A parabolic career trajectory – from rockets to rodents’

Session: Navigating your career – how good is your compass?

10.30 – 10.45

Josefine Woodley – Head of Scanbur Equipment Europe

Presenting on ‘I am just an animal tech… so what next?’

Session: Navigating your career – how good is your compass?

About Speaker

Josefine Woodley is currently working as European Sales Director for SCANBUR, which is a Danish company that provides capital equipment to the life sciences industry. Josefine has been with SCANBUR for 3 years now and is still responsible for all the UK customers.
Josefine moved to the UK in 2017 and has worked as a contract animal technician, Sales Executive and Development Director for various companies within the life science industry.
Josefine started her career in the life science industry at the University of Copenhagen as a trainee animal technician via the Danish Apprenticeship scheme in 2011. Throughout her six years at the University of Copenhagen, Josefine has worked as a Senior Animal Technician and Facility Manager, overseeing the University’s Apprenticeship scheme and teaching the FELASA surgical courses.

10.45 – 11.00

Megan Sanders, Head of Recruitment, Agenda Life Sciences.

Presenting on ‘Evolution of Recruitment: Navigating changes through the years’

Session: Navigating your career – how good is your compass?

11.00 – 11.30

Morning Break

Sponsored by TECNIPLAST

11.30 – 11.45

Senga Allan, Managing Director of IPS Product Supplies Ltd.

Presenting on “Animal rights extremists – those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Session: Caring counts. The power of compassion.

11.45 – 12.00

Professor Emma Robinson, FBPhS Professor of Psychopharmacology at University of Bristol.

Presenting on ‘How I became a Vivisectionist’

Session: Caring counts. The power of compassion.

12.00 – 12.15

Ngaire Dennison, University Veterinary Surgeon at The University of Dundee

Presenting on ‘Working together for welfare’

Session: Caring counts. The power of compassion.

About Speaker

Ngaire Dennison is a veterinarian with clinical experience in large and small animals and more than 25 years involvement with laboratory animal science as a Named Veterinary Surgeon and an Inspector working under ASPA. She has a particular interest in welfare assessment, aquatics and training. She is chair of the Irish National Committee for the Protection of animals, ESLAV president, a CLAST trustee and on LAVA council.

12.15 – 12.30

Toni Clark, UCL

Presenting on ‘Navigating the depths of mental health working with animals’

Session: Caring counts. The power of compassion.

About Speaker

Toni Clark is currently the Deputy Facility Manager of the Kathleen Lonsdale Building on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, a small but surprisingly complex fully IVC facility, housing some of the cleanest mice and a lot of the quarantine mice awaiting rederivation by their transgenic team.
Toni Achieved her MIAT many moons ago, but always thought she wasn’t smart enough to even think about the fellowship. She did summon up the courage to start the Level 4 Qualification once her children got older, but Covid got in the way and She needed to help them again with the changing dynamics of schools and exams hasn’t quite got back to it as yet but she is working on it!
Toni was lucky enough to start her career as a very green, young technician under the guidance of Ian Brown and Alan Graham. This allowed her to work with many species including ferrets, farm animals, cats, dog and Baboons!
She had a brief stint working for Imperial college for John Gregory & Mandy Thorpe running lots of isolators in the containment area before she moved to the Institute of Neurology as their Chief Technician under John Frogley.
She moved up to the deputy role and moved under UCL’s wing and after having her children she moved on from there to work in a few of the other Bloomsbury campus facilities before working with Paul Levy to close the windyer building and open the Kathleen Lonsdale building working with strict bio-securities to protect the rederived lines being kept there ever since.
Beyond her professional responsibilities, Toni is deeply committed to community service, serving as a Volunteer Responder for over ten years and volunteer Unit Manager for the last two. She volunteers via St John Ambulance on behalf of the London Ambulance Service responding to their Category one life threating calls.
When not at work or on duty, Toni, spends time her husband of over twenty five years – Stephen, teens Alex & Sydney, Benny the Lab and at least three cats.

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch Break

Sponsored by SYCHEM

13.30 – 13.45

Dr. Melanie Hoar, Nutritionist, PMI Nutrition International

Presenting on: The importance of Managed formulation of nutrition’

Session: Learning the way to better welfare

About Speaker

Dr. Melanie Hoar-Phillips graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors degree in Animal and Food Science (2009) and a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition (2013). Post graduation, Melanie started her career as a dairy nutritionist for an independent feed mill in Pulaski, Wisconsin. In 2015, Melanie joined PMI Nutrition International in her current role as Senior Technical Services Consultant/Nutritionist. Melanie’s responsibilities include custom diet formulation and providing technical support to account managers, distributors, LabDiet® and TestDiet® quality teams to ensure customers receive high quality diets for animals used in biomedical research.


Rachel Maylott, Sales and Marketing Manager IPS Product Supplies Ltd

Presenting on ‘Is All Water the same?’

Session: Learning the way to better welfare

About Speaker

Rachel is a dedicated professional with a strong foundation in science and a passion for improving animal welfare practices. Graduating with honors from Aberdeen University with a degree in Immunology/Biochemistry, Rachel laid the groundwork for a comprehensive understanding of biological systems and molecular processes.
For over a decade, Rachel devoted her expertise to Avidity Science, specialising in optimising animal drinking water systems. In this role, she championed the promotion of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) in animal welfare by spearheading efforts to enhance understanding of water purification variability, ultimately striving to establish industry standards for animal care.
With a wealth of experience and knowledge accumulated over 12 years, Rachel transitioned to IPS Product Solutions as a Sales and Marketing Manager. Here, she has taken on the challenge of establishing a robust professional network within the industry. Actively fostering strategic partnerships and alliances to exchange knowledge, drive innovation, and advance initiatives aimed at improving animal welfare practices on a global scale.

14.00 – 14.15

Becky Whyle – Director at IPS Product Supplies Ltd.

Presenting on ‘Servicing all Creatures Great & Small…. From mice to elephants’

Session: Learning the way to better welfare

About Speaker

Becky is the Product & Operations Director at IPS, having successfully built a career there for the last 9 years, having achieved her IOSCM Level 5 Diploma in Supply chain & Operations Management. Becky has over 20 years of procurement and operational experience and has developed her skills to proactively operate a business and oversee those critical areas. Becky is currently actively developing the Mazuri Exotic Nutrition sector for IPS, and working with Zoo’s, Aquariums and private collectors within the U.K & Europe to build the knowledge and expertise Mazuri USA nutrition brings to all animal species.

14.15 – 14.45

Afternoon Break

Sponsored by: MMM

14.45 – 15.00

Julie Foster PhD, NTCO Training Manager and Deputy BSU Manager, Queen Mary University

Presenting on ‘Preclinical imaging and its impacts on animal welfare’

Session: Empowerment in Leadership

About Speaker

Julie’s fascination with animals started young and led to a degree Zoology, a PhD in Physiology and a career in animal science. She has worked in diverse fields including renal failure, virology and influenza studies and has spent 15 plus years managing the preclinical imaging core facility at Barts Cancer Institute.
From ferrets to fish and a lot in between, Julie has enjoyed working with a range of research species and has developed a strong interest in animal welfare in research.
Julie’s interest in welfare and training has led to a career move and she is a recently hatched NTCO and training manager for Queen Mary University of London’s 3 BSU sites and deputy facility manager at the Charterhouse Square site

15.00 – 15.15

Emma Owen, NACWO, RAnTech, BSc., FIAT * BSF Incubator Manager, University of Manchester

Presenting on Business Education Programme in Laboratory Animal Science

Session: Empowerment in Leadership

15.15 – 15.30

Dr. Elizabeth Hurd, Director of Biological Services and NIO University of Glasgow

Presenting on ‘Guiding Lights: Mentoring Females Through the Aurora of Leadership’

Session: Empowerment in Leadership

About Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz ) Hurd gained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol in sperm proteins involved in fertilisation. She then spent 10 years at the University of Michigan in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and then Paediatrics, specialising in Deafness and Hearing research using animal models. She returned to the UK in 2012 and took up a position as Transgenic Facility Manager for the MRC at the University of Edinburgh. This developed her interest in laboratory animal management and she continued to progress within the University which culminated in becoming Deputy Director of Facilities. In 2021 she took up the position of Director of Biological Services at the University of Glasgow. Liz is passionate about supporting and developing people to reach their full potential.


Closing Remarks

Julie Keeble & Rachel Maylott


Drinks reception


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