Introduction of KCLAM
President Letter
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Dear members of KCLAM, Three years have already passed since the founding of KCLAM, Korean College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Establishing the KCLAM with the first president, Seoul National University Professor J.H. Park, was not an easy task, however. Domestic circumstances made it extremely difficult to do so. However, we had come to an agreement that KCLAM was necessary because the accreditation system of KLAT, Korean Laboratory Animal Technician, in KALAS, Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science, was passed ten years ago and has been developed rapidly since.

Nonetheless, we tried and worked together with few select members together in perfect accord. It was particularly difficult to develop a system for education and certification due to dramatic differences between our domestic situation and the system of ACLAM, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Yet, we have already produced the first seventeen Diplomates of KCLAM followed by another eleven new members. The number of registered KCLAM members exceeds 140 veterinarians. This shows an apparent demand for professional veterinarians in the fields of laboratory animal and biomedical science of which KCLAM hopes to meet.

The circumstances surrounding laboratory animals in Korea is undergoing rapid development. The revised Animal Protection Law was passed just last year and the Laboratory Animals Law was passed this year. IACUC, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, serves an essential legal role for all animal facilities which needs the support and participation of its veterinarians. Accordingly, laboratory animal veterinarians are becoming not only more significant but also more desired in the field of animal experiments. Therefore, the professional laboratory animal veterinarian, that is, the member of KCLAM, will likely play a key position for the progress of animal welfare and animal techniques in the biomedical sciences of Korea.

I will proceed with some plans for the development of KCLAM. First, we must make a corporate body and communicate with the KVMA, Korean Veterinary Medical Association, to obtain the certified diploma for KCLAM. The system for education and certification of KCLAM was reported to the International ACLAM, which will be admitted eventually. ACLAM, ECLAM, JCLAM, and KCLAM all comprise the IACLAM which works for mutual cooperation and accreditation. Four branches of KCLAM will be operated and maintained to facilitate dynamic communication and activities of local members. KCLAM has already started working on the development of laboratory animal science and medicine and the welfare of laboratory animals in Korea. I would like to commemorate the endeavors and activities of former staff members and ask the new 25 staff members of KCLAM to give it their best.

With best regards,
Choong-Yong Kim
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