Dear SAALAS Members,

The South African Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SAALAS) is excited to join the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) in celebrating the para-veterinary profession of Laboratory Animal Technologist (LAT) on Friday 12 March 2021.

We recognise the essential contributions that Laboratory Animal Technologists and animal caretakers bring as members of veterinary and research teams – both to the wellbeing of the animals in their care and the scientific discoveries. We encourage institutions to take part in this celebration! Below are ideas from AALAS ( on how to celebrate the day. If you have performed any fun activities or would like to share your facility’s celebration, please send a short paragraph and/or photo to for inclusion in the next SAALAS newsletter.

Please note that the intention in coming years is to celebrate this day in South Africa at the same time as the International Laboratory Animal Technician Week (usually near the end of January / Beginning of February each year). We look forward to celebrating the first LAT day in South Africa on Friday.

Kind regards,
Tamsyn Fourie
SAALAS President