Animal Care Service UNIV ERS TY OF
Health Science Center CB-160 R
P.O. Box 100006
Gainesville, Fl. 32610 *4L1RV
Animal Care Services Newsletter
November December 2001
Vol. 1 (1)
August H. Battles, DVM, MS
Attending Veterinarian/Director of Animal Care Services
Animal Care Services (ACS) and the office of the Attending Veterinarian every other month will publish
this newsletter to communicate with those who use or provide support to the animal care program at the
University of Florida. The newsletters will contain new policies, new services, updates on animal facility
improvements, updates on federal regulations and policies and other items of importance to animal users.
We will use email as our primary method of distributing the newsletter and also will have copies of the
newsletter available in the animal facilities. Please print this newsletter and distribute it to members of your
department. If you did not receive this newsletter by email, and would like to be added to the email list,
please send an email message to wcarter.vpha.health.ufl.edu with "add to ACS newsletter" under
subject. All issues will be maintained in our website.
Clarification of Title
The term "University Veterinarian" has caused some confusion based on historical use of the term at the
University of Florida. The meaningful title, from a regulatory standpoint, is "Attending Veterinarian", and is
reflected in Dr. Battles' title as both Director of ACS and the Attending Veterinarian.
Review of Animal Care and Use Protocols (ACUPs) by the ACS Veterinarians
The ACS veterinarians, as designees of the Attending Veterinarian, have begun offering a new service to
investigators to facilitate IACUC approval of their protocols. The ACS veterinarians are available to consult
with the investigators prior to submission to the IACUC, to review the protocol for adequate veterinary
care and advise the investigator on the availability of programs and facilities to support the investigator's
research program. The ACS veterinarians can also provide advice on the animal model selected and
provide suggestions to facilitate a timely review of the ACUP. This is especially important for new animal
research programs or where there is the potential for the animals used in the protocol to experience pain
or distress. These meetings also provide an opportunity for the ACS veterinarians to discuss issues that
are important for appropriate veterinary and husbandry support after the research program is
New ACS Working Hours Effective 10 December 2001
Husbandry, loading dock (receiving) and truck driver: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Clinical laboratory: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Administrative office: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (including coverage during the lunch hour).
Animal Awareness and Use Seminars
Attendance at an animal awareness and use seminar is required for all first time investigators and
research staff involved in the handling and use of animals and animal tissues. This program is intended to
discuss regulatory and ethical issues pertaining to the care and use of animals at the University of Florida.
The program will be shorter in duration than the previous sessions. During this presentation investigators
and their staff will have an opportunity to meet me or the Associate Director. Participation in this seminar
must occur prior to granting facility access and before animals may be ordered.
Dr. Marcel Perret-Gentil (Associate Director) and I have recently come to the University of Florida. We
have already met many investigators and staff and hope to meet with most of you. It is important that we
understand your needs prior to implementation of changes in the animal care and use program at the
University of Florida. I encourage you to keep me informed of any issues you have about the program.
Please call me at 392-2978 or email me at abattles@.vpha.health.ufl.edu.