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OHAALAS is the Ohio Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. This branch is one of four branches that represent District 5 of National AALAS, and serves members across the entire state of Ohio. 


Mission Statement

OHAALAS supports AALAS at the local, regional and national levels to advance responsible care and use of laboratory animals to benefit both humans and animals.



About Us



 The Ohio Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (OHAALAS) is one of four branches that composes District 5 AALAS. Meetings are held at least quarterly with the goal to provide education, networking, and to further the professional development of our members. Foundational annual meetings include an Awards Banquet at the start of each year to recognize members for the past year's achievements, a Technical Information Exchange in the Spring where members are encouraged to present on relevant topics related to their work, a social Summer event and an educational Fall event. Additional meetings and events are held as relevant! All educational events serve to act as continuing education credits for RLATs, RLAHTs, and RLATGs. Elections for branch leadership are held annually in the Fall and members are always encouraged to nominate, apply, and vote!




HERE to see our Constitution and By Laws.

(Constitution and By Laws with the branch's updated name coming soon)


Our History


  • May 1984 - The District 5 Conference was held for the first time in Central Ohio at the Hyatt Regency organized by Dr. H. Hugh Harroff Jr.

  • September 27, 1984 - The first organizational meeting for COB was called at Battelle by Dr. Harroff.

  • April 18, 1985 - The first election meeting was held at Battelle. The first president was Douglas Little and the president elect was Chip Keys.

  • May 1, 1985 -  A petition was sent to AALAS asking for national affiliation as a branch and was signed by the national members.

  • June 20, 1985 - The branch had 54 paid members.

  • 2006 COB received the National AALAS Branch Challenge Award for membership growth.

  • April 2008 - COB AALAS was incorporated.

  • COB has been represented throughout the years by its members on many National AALAS committees and in various leadership positions.

  • May 2024 - COB AALAS elects to change its name to The Ohio Branch of AALAS.


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