Title: IACUC newsletter
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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: November 2008
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Volume ID: VID00010
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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November 2008 http://www.iacuc.ufl.edu/ Volume 5, Issue 10

AAALAC Site Visit
We are happy to report that the AAALAC site
visit conducted in October went very well. The
visitors conducted a thorough, four day review
of UF's animal care program, which includes
the IACUC, Animal Care Services (ACS) and
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). The
program review included inspection of several
of our animal facilities and laboratories, review
of IACUC protocols and meeting minutes, and
review of IACUC and ACS policies. The
visitors also talked with IACUC members and
staff and ACS veterinarians and staff.

While an official report of the visit will be
received early next year, the site visitors had
many positive things to say about the animal
care program at UF. They made a few
suggestions for minor issues that could be
addressed such as new policies that could be
written, suggestions for more comprehensive
training of Environmental Health and Safety
issues and various animal husbandry issues.

The only major concern they had was animal
care outside of ACS control; whether the
animals are being cared for over the
weekends, consistent animal husbandry, and
condition of cages. They requested that ACS
provide more oversight so that care of animals
is uniform across campus. ACS has already
addressed this issue by requiring investigators
to turn in husbandry logs on a weekly basis
and they have conducted additional animal
training to labs in specific facilities where
AAALAC had the most concerns.

The AAALAC site visitors said that for such a

large program which has so many sites and
uses so many different animal species for
research, UF's entire animal care program is
doing an outstanding job. We extend that
praise to the researchers and lab technicians
that work with our animals every day. Hats off
to all!

Major Revision of Protocols
We are often asked if certain changes to a
protocol require an addendum to the protocol
or a major revision. Here are some changes
that require you to do a major revision:
PI change
Change in species
Change in research objective
Withholding of analgesics
Increase in degree or invasiveness of a
procedure or discomfort to an animal
In the new mylACUC system, that means you'll
need to create a new study by cloning your
current protocol and making whatever changes
you need. The new study will then go through
the regular review process.

How can I rescheduCe my protoco for meeting
discussion? If your protocol is called for
discussion at a Full Committee meeting and
you won't be available, you can ask us to
postpone discussion for a later date. There is
currently no way to do this in the mylACUC
system, so you can send your request to
iacuc()q rove. ufl. edu.

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 iwvsock~Oufl.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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