May Newsletter


As we move into the sixth week of lockdown, I think the initial panic that we all felt has settled down and everyone has adapted amazingly well, technicians are working really hard and are split into various teams and shift patterns.

The Home Office say they have now issued around 20 Project Licences looking into Covid-19 so technicians are very much on the front-line. We are ‘carers’ too, in the units we are looking after our animals but the research is for humans. So when we are all out on our doorsteps on a Thursday evening give yourselves a big pat on the back.


It's OK...Not to be OKAY

Following the release of our ‘It’s Ok… Not to be Okay’ leaflet, we have just published another in the series dealing with Euthanasia; called ‘Let’s Talk Euthanasia’.

We hope that it offers technicians some help. You can download your copy from the link below.

Download "Let's Talk Euthanasia"

AGM 2020

At this point in time it looks very much like we will have to hold the AGM remotely! We are just exploring the technology and will keep you updated on a possible date for this important meeting.

IAT Bulletin and Animal Technology & Welfare Journal

As previously mentioned at this time we can’t get the bulletin and ATW printed. However, we do have dedicated people working to make sure we can produce electronic versions going forward.

We are pleased to announce that the April bulletin and the April ATW have now been published online. They can be accessed from their respective websites from the links below. Remember to subscribe on both sites to receive newsletters and updates on publication.

Read the IAT Bulletin Online
Visit ATW Journal Online


After a bit of a delay the new membership database will be ready this week. We appreciate this won’t be your top priority just at the moment and while we have been going through this transition, we deliberately haven’t sent out any membership renewal invitations in 2020. Please rest assured that no one’s membership has lapsed or been affected, and we now invite members to renew their membership, you will be receiving instructions to access the directory which will enable members to share as much – or as little – personal information about themselves as they wish, and it is hoped that this will help members to get in contact with each other, network and share information.


ASRU Update

ASRU are asking establishments to starts a lessons learnt log where we can collect observations and outcomes about decisions taken during this time. This will help in the foresight of future challenges.

They are also interested in collecting examples and information of how the current situation is impacting the biomedical sector and staff, so if we can ask people to provide examples which we can feedback, he can then share these updates with other government officials.

Please send any thoughts or responses to this to IAT e-mail address:


Understanding Animal Research Survey

A recent survey commissioned by UAR shows high public acceptance of animal research to find treatments for COVID-19. Read a copy of the results from the link below

Read Survey Here

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