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2011 Charles River Laboratories Excellence in Refinement Award

Alicia Z. Karas, DVM

Alicia Z. Karas, DVM, was the 2011 recipient of the Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award for her expertise and dedication in enhancing the well-being of laboratory animals and in alleviating the pain and distress they may experience.

Sponsored by Charles River Laboratories, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), the award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, promotion and/or implementation of refinement alternatives. “Refinement,” one of the “3Rs of alternatives,” refers to methods aimed at minimizing pain and distress for laboratory animals.

Karas, currently assistant professor of Clinical Sciences in anesthesia at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, has devoted her career to easing the life of laboratory animals. Her primary research interests include the assessment and treatment of pain or distress in laboratory animals, animal well-being, pain management and pain medicine.

The Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award, which includes $5,000 to further the recipient’s scientific endeavors, was established in 2005. The first award, presented at the 5th World Congress in Berlin, was given jointly to Dr. Bert van Zutphen and Dr. Georgia Mason. Linda Toth received the 2007 award, and Dr. Paul Flecknell was the 2009 awardee.

For more information about CAAT awards, see here.