IACUC News

IACUC Adds Mandatory Training Requirements
The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act, PHS Policy, and Emory’s PHS Assurance require that all personnel involved in the handling and experimental manipulation of animals are required to be adequately trained.  Two areas of additional training is now mandatory in order to comply with regulatory standards.

  • CO2 Euthanasia of Rats and Mice:  In response to a change of procedures regarding CO2 euthanasia in rats and mice in the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, all personnel responsible for performing CO2 euthanasia of rats and mice must take additional training provided by the animal facilities on this procedure.  The IACUC has set a deadline of July 1, 2014, to complete this training.  The use of flowmeters is one of the new requirements.  Please contact the training coordinators at the Division of Animal Resources at Yerkes (Dhaval Vyas) and on Main Campus (Amy Dryman) for scheduling this training.
  • Breeding Rats and Mice:  In response to increasing cases of "near misses" and weanling deaths due to weaning practices, the IACUC created the policy "Weaning Rats and Mice" now in effect.  This policy sets the standards of expectations of the IACUC when weaning.  Along with this policy, all personnel responsible for maintaining breeding colonies of rats and/or mice must take additional training provided by the animal facilities on this procedure.  The IACUC has set a deadline of September 1, 2014, to complete this training.  Please contact the training coordinators at the Division of Animal Resources at Yerkes (Dhaval Vyas) and on Main Campus (Amy Dryman) for scheduling this training.

For both of these new mandatory trainings, all personnel on existing IACUC approved protocols responsible for maintaining breeding colonies or for performing CO2 euthanasia on rats and mice are required to meet the deadlines above.  For amendments to existing approved protocols adding new personnel, the approval of the amendment will be delayed until the appropriate training has been completed.  For all new protocols and 3 year renewals, approval of the protocol will also be delayed until all training has been completed.

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IACUC Implements New Online Training Resource
The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act, PHS Policy, and Emory’s PHS Assurance require that all personnel involved in the handling and experimental manipulation of animals are required to be adequately trained.  The Principal Investigator (PI) of each animal care and use protocol assures the IACUC that all personnel listed on the protocol with responsibilities of animal handling, performing animal procedures, or animal care are adequately trained.  To assist the PIs with this responsibility, the IACUC has implemented the AALAS Learning Library (ALL) as the online resource to be used for mandatory IACUC training as well as to augment animal training of  research personnel, students, facility staff, and IACUC members. Continue reading in Online Training

Veterinary Drug Procurement
Are you having difficulty locating sources of controlled veterinary drugs? Do you need just one bottle of Ketamine but you had to purchase a box of 10 bottles last time? Continue reading in "News from the IACUC"

Animal Model Resources
The Animal Resources  section on the WHSC Library website includes many electronic books on animal models and methods. Continue reading in "News from the IACUC"

Change in Annual Review Processing
For research protocols using animals not covered by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) - Changes
The AWA’s legal definition of “animal” specifically excludes birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research; Continue Reading in the "News from the IACUC"

Implementing the New Guide - Rodent Surgery
One of the requirements of the new “Guide” places the responsibility to ensure that all members of the “Research Team” are properly trained in aseptic surgical technique, anesthesia and analgesia directly on the IACUC. Continue Reading in "News from the IACUC"