Educating the Public about the facts of animal research by participating in Public Outreach Activities is an extremely important and effective way to reach out to the public and help them view animal research in a positive light. Public opinion surveys show that the majority of Americans are not against animal research, as long as the animals are treated humanely. State Research Organizations and other Nationwide Pro-Research Organizations do their part in trying to educate the public about the facts of animal research. In New York State, members and institutions in the local branches of AALAS help get the pro-research message out to the public by visiting schools, attending career days and other educational events and by providing job shadowing and internship opportunities for students interested in the laboratory animal science field. The public needs to hear how dedicated we are to ensuring humane treatment of animals, about the diverse roles we play in the research animal field, and how important animal research is to medical advancement.
The Metro NY Public Outreach Committee is always looking for people interested in educating the public. Several activities come up throughout each year, and the committee is interested in finding individuals within MNYBAALAS willing to volunteer their time to public education. Announcements are made at our local meetings for upcoming outreach opportunities. If you have your own public education opportunity planned (such as talking at a school or career day) and you need educational materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org MNYBAALAS has a supply of educational materials available for all our members. We have a variety of materials for all different age groups; coloring books, comic books, posters, brochures, etc are available. Please ask in your local schools if they are going to have a “Career Day” and let them know you want to be included so you can talk about careers in laboratory animal science. Many high schools have a career day for students. Ask a science teacher if you can come into the classroom and talk to the students about animals and why we use them for research studies.