Third Annual Science of Enrichment Symposium

April 18, 2018 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Kensington Hotel
3500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Speaking session at Second Annual Science of Enrichment SymposiumCo-hosted by the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) Animal Enrichment Committee and the Michigan Society for Medical Research (MISMR), the Science of Enrichment Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 8:00 AM* – 5:00 PM at The Kensington Hotel in Ann ArborNow in its third year, the Symposium is a day-long event designed to engage laboratory animal staff and research investigators in the science of environmental enrichment for animals used in biomedical research.

The Symposium will focus on evidence-based recommendations for enrichment best practice(s) and features speakers from academia, government, and industry with expertise in rodent, zebrafish, and non-human primate enrichment.

* Event registration opens at 7:00 AM. The Symposium begins at 8:00 AM.

Registration Information

There is a $30 registration fee for this event, which includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch. Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, you are strongly encouraged to register soon.

  • "Effects of Enrichment on Anxiety and Stress in Laboratory Rodents," presented by Chieh Chen, PhD, University of Michigan
  • "From Negative to Positive: Automated Home Cage Operant Tasks Turn Data Collection Into Environmental Enrichment,"
    presented by Jamie Ahloy Dallaire, PhD, Stanford University
  • "One Size Does Not Fit All: Individual Differences in Biobehavioral Organization and Captive Care in Rhesus Monkeys,"
    presented by John Capitanio, PhD, California National Primate Research Center
  • "Enrichment in Captive Wildlife," presented by Ryan Colburn, DVM, The John Ball Zoo
  • "Enrichment Preferences in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio)," presented by Lauren Krueger, DVM, University of Michigan
  • "Environmental Enhancement to Improve the Welfare of Cats Housed in a Research Colony,"
    presented by Judith Stella, PhD, APHIS Center for Animal Welfare
  • "Study Design: A Technician’s Perspective," presented by Jenny Jones, BS, RLAT, University of Michigan

Free parking is available on-site at The Kensington Hotel, with overflow parking available in the adjacent Briarwood Mall parking lot.

Continuing Education Credit

This event offers up to six (6.00) credit hours of CE. Each 60-minute speaking session has been RACE approved for one (1.00) hour of CE credit for veterinarians or veterinary technicians. The AAVSB RACE approval number for this event, the Third Annual Science of Enrichment Symposium, is 1123-32312.

Technicians certified through AALAS will also be eligible for CE credits. CE certificates will be provided at the Symposium. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact ULAM Faculty Veterinarian Tara Martin, DVM, at