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BRAD is celebrated annually on the third Thursday in April. How you choose to celebrate BRAD is up to you! Your celebration can be small (involving a single class or department), larger (involving the entire institution, company, and the general public), or anything in between. You can even celebrate BRAD on a different day or even a different time of the year! Here are example activities that may be part of your BRAD event:

  • Table with informational handouts, freebies, posters, and a support banner for participants to sign

  • Seminar on topics related to biomedical research and laboratory animal care/medicine

  • Rounds and case presentations related to laboratory animal care/medicine

  • Interactive activities such as games, trivia, jeopardy, and a scavenger hunt – often with prizes! See the “Games & Activities” section in the BRAD Toolkit for more ideas! 

  • Tour of research facilities and/or vivarium


Have other ideas? Go for it and share them with us! We are always looking for new ideas to incorporate into BRAD. Make the event your own and have fun doing it!


Watch the BRAD Webinar


The BRAD 2023 webinar was given by Tania Roth, Ph.D. on what rats can teach us about how early-life experiences can significantly affect development and lifelong health.

The BRAD 2023 Webinar is sponsored by Tecniplast.


Reusable Tablecloth
Click here to purchase a tablecloth, or consider using a reusable tablecloth!


Support Banner
Use clear packing tape to hang this on the wall next to your table and have sharpie markers available for people to sign the banner. 

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Enrichment Matching Game
This is a great way to get booth participation! Email us at to find out how to get your copy!


Whiteboard Activity
Participants are provided with prompts in a “fill-in-the-blank” fashion to express why animal research is important to them.Take photos of participants with their completed prompts and email them for inclusion in a BRAD collage! You may also post the pictures on social media during your event.  

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By registering for BRAD, you will automatically receive a box of giveaways, posters, and educational materials for your event! Haven't signed up yet? Click here

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Try two blue balloons and one white balloon on each side of the table for a great look, or purchase large balloon letters that spell out "BRAD" here

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Enrichment Devices

Discuss how we use the various devices with the animals, and have a few monkey treats on the table to entice visitors and start a conversation!

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