2024 District 8 Annual Meeting - Seattle, WA

2024 District 8 AALAS Meeting

The Northern Rocky Mountain, Oregon, and Washington AALAS branches are proud to host
the 2024 D8 meeting April 22-24 in Seattle, Washington!

Mark your calendars and plan to attend D8 Caring toward Cures meeting
at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown Seattle!


Keynote speaker:  Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Idaho State University - Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science
Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a Full Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology at Idaho State University. He teaches human anatomy in the graduate health professions programs. His research encompasses questions of vertebrate evolutionary morphology generally, primate locomotor adaptations more particularly, and especially the emergence of modern human bipedalism. His co-edited volume, From Biped to Strider: the Emergence of Modern Human Walking, Running, and Resource Transport, proposes a more recent innovation of modern striding gait than previously assumed. His interest in the footprints attributed to sasquatch, was piqued when he examined a set of 15-inch tracks in Washington, in 1996. Now his lab houses well over 300 footprint casts attributed to this mystery primate. He is author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science which explores his and other scientists’ evaluations of the contemporary evidence, and also affords deference to tribal people’s traditional knowledge of this subject. 

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Exciting topics including:  Positive Intelligence, Enrichment, Digital transformation, anesthesia and analgesia, Primate Echocardiography, Oral Drug Self-Admin vs IV Self-Admin, Operational Efficiency, and more.

Workshops:  Mini-Leadership, Team building, ALAT/LAT prep, Zebrafish Husbandry, facility tours, primate enrichment and laser therapy, and more.

Networking events, Exhibitors, Poster Session, Technician Fun Fair, Silent Auction, and opportunities to see Seattle.

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Call for Poster Abstracts

 The District 8 AALAS Annual Meeting program committee is accepting abstracts for poster presentations!

Submit you poster abstract for the following categories:

  • Clinical
  • Husbandry/Management
  • Animal welfare, Animal Training, 3Rs

Abstracts should be a single paragraph, no longer than 300 words, with an informative title limited to 20 words. Format and content should follow the guidelines for the AALAS National Meeting (Presenters: www.aalas.org/national-meeting.)

Abstracts are due February 16, 2024. Submit abstracts via email to: Jourdan Brune jourdi@uw.edu
Notification of acceptance by March 4th

Call for Topics/Speakers

The District 8 AALAS Annual Meeting program committee is announcing its call for speakers and/or topics for the District 8 AALAS 2024 meeting taking place in April in Seattle, WA. 

  • Do you know someone who is working on cutting edge research projects?
  • Do you care for unusual animal models? Know any motivational speakers?
  • Is there a topic you want to hear about?  Read an interesting article lately?


This is your District 8 Annual Meeting, and we want to know what you are interested in learning about. Please reach out with your suggestions, topics, and/or speaker information by email to Traci Weber at traci.weber@va.gov or Mia Benkenstein at miabenkenstein@isu.edu.

Exhibitor Registration Open Now

Register Now: https://18535.ezfacility.com/login?SmuFormId=13A73785-BE7C-432D-903D-471...

Exhibitor Levels - Four exhibitor levels are being offered. Please review the levels below and the perks included for each level.

Commercial Level - $650
        Registration Includes:

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Business Card Advertisement in Program
  • Registration for 1 person

Silver Level - $875
        Registration Includes:

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Priority Placement (for first 10 commercial exhibitor registrants)
  • Special Recognition in Program and on Signage
  • 1/4 Page Advertisement in Program
  • Registration for 2 people

Gold Level - $1000
        Registration Includes:

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Priority Placement (for first 10 commercial exhibitor registrants)
  • Special Recognition in Program and on Signage
  • 1/2 Page Advertisement in Program
  • 5-minutes Presentation
  • Registration for 2 people

Platinum Level - $1250
        Registration Includes:

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Priority Placement (for first 10 commercial exhibitor registrants)
  • Special Recognition in Program and on Signage
  • Full Page Advertisement in Program
  • 5-minutes Presentation
  • Registration for 3 people

Additional Exhibitor Registrant: $175
Welcome Reception: $25

Exhibitor Sponsorship Opportunities - Please consider these sponsorship opportunities! Sponsors will be recognized with a placard for/at the specific event as well as notated on a page in the Event's Program.

  • Tote Bags Sponsor - Your company will donate bags for attendees
  • Lanyard Sponsor - Your company will donate lanyards for attendees (quantity TBD)
  • AV Sponsor - Your company will have a rolling logo on screen - $250
  • Break Sponsors - Your company will be recognized as a Break Sponsor, 2 companies per break (3 breaks) - $300
  • Program Sponsor - Your company will be recognized as a Program Sponsor, highlighted in the program - $400
  • Poster Session Sponsor - Your company will be recognized as a Poster Sponsor - $500
  • Workshop Sponsor - Your company will be recognized as a Workshop Sponsor - $500
  • Welcome Reception Sponsor - Your company will be recognized as a Welcome Reception Sponsor - $600
  • Lunch Sponsor - Your company will be recognized as a Lunch Sponsor, 2 companies per lunch - $700
  • AV during lunch - Your company will be recognized as an AV Sponsor, 5-minute presentation during lunch - $1000
  • Keynote Speaker Sponsor - Sponsor this year's Keynote speaker - $1500
  • D8 Meeting Vendor Raffle: Donate items for raffle event for attendees
  • Items for Event Tote Bags: Donate items for attendee event tote bag (vendor pens, pads, etc.

Register Now: https://18535.ezfacility.com/login?SmuFormId=13A73785-BE7C-432D-903D-471...

Location: Sheraton Grand Seattle - 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 - https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/seasi-sheraton-grand-seattle/overview/

If you need accommodations in Seattle for this event, we encourage you to stay at the Sheraton Grand Seattle and identifying yourself as part of WBAALAS District 8 2024 Conference Apr2024 when you make your reservations.  Please do your best to stay at the Sheraton Grand Seattle as we need to meet our quota for the meeting. Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the meeting: Traditional Single/Double - $239.00, Occupancy tax, 15.7%, and $4.00 per room per night tourism assessment fee at check out. Additional Person $25.00.

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The AALAS District 8 holds an annual educational meeting in the spring of each year. The meeting is rotated between the Branches to allow for greater participation by the local Branch members. Each annual meeting is a three day event running from the opening activities on Wednesday afternoon through the conclusion of the educational presentations on Friday afternoon.

The Branches of District 8 entered into a cooperative agreement with the formation of the District 8 Council whose sole charge is to support, promote, and insure continuation of the annual District 8 meeting and to provide the best meeting for our members.

The current District 8 zones:

  • Northwest: Northern Rocky Mountain, Oregon, & Washington
  • Capitol Bay Area: Sacramento Valley, & Northern California
  • Desert: Mountain West & Arizona
  • South Pacific: Southern California, & San Diego

The current District 8 Meeting schedule is:
2024 – Northwest (Northern Rocky Mtn., Oregon, Washington) - Seattle, WA - April 22-24
2025 - National AALAS Meeting - Long Beach, CA - November 9-13
2026 - Capitol Bay Sacramento Valley, Northern California
2027 - Desert (Mountain West & Arizona)