Title: IACUC newsletter
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00091466/00009
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Title: IACUC newsletter
Series Title: IACUC newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, University of Florida
Publisher: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: October 2008
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Volume ID: VID00009
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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October 2008 http://www.iacuc.ufl.edu/ Volume 5, Issue 9

Fall 2008 IACUC Inspections
begin October 1st
The IACUC begins semiannual inspections of
all animal facilities on October 1. Inspections
will be conducted Monday-Thursday 9am-
12noon & 1:30pm-4:30pm, and Friday 9am-
12noon. Inspections will not be done on Friday
afternoons or during IACUC meeting days (1st
& 3rd Tuesday of the month). The PI must
make themselves and/or a senior lab member

The following items are the ones that have
come up repeatedly as deficiencies during
inspections of labs. Please be especially
mindful of these:

Approved protocols available in all
laboratories either have a paper copy
in a binder or make protocols accessible
on a lab computer to all lab staff.
Appropriate drug storage, control, and
expiration date this includes all
substances used with animals or to
clean animal areas
For housing areas, maintenance of
SOPs and logs recording animal
care, room cleaning, and environmental
Routine calibration of anesthesia
machines and record of weighing the
canister on a regular basis

For a detailed list of what the IACUC will be
looking for on inspections, please see:

AALAS Training Accounts
The IACUC has recently renewed our
contract with the AALAS Learning Library
(ALL). In mid- September, all accounts for UF
staff had to be re-activated for people to have
access to the courses. We re-activated most
accounts. However, some people are finding
that they can log into the ALL, but cannot go
into any courses. This is because your
account is not currently active. If you have this
problem, please contact Joan Wysocki at 392-
9907 or iwysock@ufl.edu and she'll get you up
and running.

Important Reminder Regarding use of
CO2 for Euthanasia
Exposure to C02, followed by a physical
method such as cervical dislocation,
decapitation, or opening of the chest cavity, is
a common technique for euthanizing rodents
and other small laboratory animals. An airtight
chamber must be used when administering
PHS Policy states the following: "Chambers
must not be overcrowded. In this regard, it is
important to also consider that mixing
unfamiliar or incompatible animals in the same
container may be distressful".
There have been some recent instances of
lab personnel combining several cages of
animals into one container when transporting
the animals to the C02 tank. Overcrowding or
mixing unfamiliar/incompatible animals in the
same container may constitute a non-
compliance violation for your lab.

The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Editor: Joan Wysocki, Training & QA Coordinator
UF IACUC P.O. Box 100142 -Gainesville, FL 32610
Tel: (352) 392-9907 Fax: (352) 392-9919
Send suggestions and comments to iwvsockOufl.edu

The IACUC at the University of Florida is committed
to ensuring that all animals used for experimental
purposes are treated humanely and that pain and
stress are minimized. We are an AAALAC accredited
institution since 1965.

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