IACUC Update Volume 9, Issue 1, September 2015. In this issue:
Reporting Animal Care Concerns: "Whistle-Blower Policy"
Any person who has concerns regarding any aspect of the care and use of animals in research, teaching, or testing at The University of Texas at Austin is encouraged to voice that concern.
Concerns about animal care and use should be reported to the Attending Veterinarian, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or University Compliance Services. The names and phone numbers of these contact points should be posted in animal facilities and laboratories.
The IACUC has prepared a poster that contains this information and should be posted in animal facilities (including labs). The poster, in both English and Spanish, is available on the IACUC website.
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Annual Animal Usage Report: Coming Soon!
Each year, The University of Texas at Austin must submit an annual report of animal usage to the USDA to maintain compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. Additionally, we must also report this usage to our accrediting agency, AAALAC, to maintain our accreditation status.
These reports must include the total number of animals that have been used between October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. **NOTE: This is not the same reporting period as your animal use protocol(s).**
All Principal Investigators that have had an active protocol in the above time period will be receiving an email notice regarding this report soon.
Semi-Annual Facility Evaluations: Coming Soon!
The semi-annual evaluations of all the University’s animal facilities will occur from September 28, 2015 through October 8, 2015. This process involves an examination of all areas where animals are used or housed for teaching, research, and/or testing.
A complete schedule is attached to this newsletter. Unfortunately, the IACUC will be unable to provide specific times within each evaluation window for individual laboratories.
You can prepare your laboratory for the visit by reviewing the revised “Laboratory Self-Evaluation Checklists” that are available on the "Documents, Materials, and Forms" page of the IACUC website.
eProtocol Euthanasia Updates
In an effort to streamline and manage eProtocol IACUC entries, we’ve made several changes to the euthanasia entries.
- All "Beuthanasia solution" entries have been changed to "Beuthanasia, Euthesol, or Euthanasia III".
- All "Na-pentobarbital" entries have been changed to "Pentobarbital".
Protocol entries have been updated automatically to reflect these changes.
eProtocol only allows one entry per species per protocol using the same "Primary Euthanasia Method". We recognize that some investigators may utilize more than one dosage of pentobarbital. As a result, we’ve added "Pentobarbital (alternate dosage)" to the euthanasia method drop-down menu.
Upcoming IACUC Meeting and Deadline
The next IACUC Full Committee Review (FCR) is October 12, 2015.
The deadline to submit a new protocol or third-year resubmission is September 18, 2015.
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