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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking for social housing resources? Recordings of select presentations from the Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals held August 22-23, 2013 and October 5-6, 2014 are now available. In these videos, experts in animal behavior and welfare discuss socialization, species-specific considerations, oversight requirements, and more.

Visit OLAW’s Enrichment and Social Housing webpage for these and other resources.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals has been updated. The 2015 revision reflects the following changes:

  • adoption of the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals;
  • implementation of the 2013 Edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals;
  • modification to footnotes 2, 7, 9, 11, and 13 requiring that PHS-Assured institutions comply with USDA regulations that are applicable to their programs;
  • change in OLAW contact information; and
  • minor grammatical corrections.

Learn more at NOT-OD-15-079. View or download the PHS Policy here: View | PDF | eBook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

IACUC 101/201 workshops will be held April 8-9, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 201: Beyond Basics is a highly interactive advanced program that builds upon the fundamentals learned in IACUC 101, applying them to the process and mechanisms of ensuring compliance. The program includes six workshops delivered to three audience tracks based on IACUC role, responsibility, and interests. Workshops address protocol review, program review, facility inspection plus additional timely topics. The program also includes a complex faculty scenario that combines multiple IACUC challenges.

Learn more at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, March 6, 2015

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Interpreting guidance on significant changes” in the March 2015 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2015; 44(03). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Join OLAW for a webinar, Zebrafish 101 for IACUCs, on March 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Guest speakers Monte Matthews, University of Oregon, and Dr. George Sanders, University of Washington School of Medicine, will discuss programmatic and veterinary care needs of zebrafish and provide IACUCs with useful information to help facilitate institutional oversight of PHS-funded research involving aquatic species.

About OLAW Webinars

The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Enrollees receive registration information prior to each event. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

An IACUC 101 workshop and the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) IACUC Conference will be held March 18-20, 2015 in Boston, MA.

IACUC 101 is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

PRIM&R IACUC Conference is two-day conference covering topics relevant to all those involved in the fields of animal care and use and research ethics. The conference will include a range of keynote addresses, panels, workshops, and didactic sessions, designed to help build and strengthen an effective animal care and use program.

For program, registration, and accommodation information, visit http://www.primr.org/iacuc15/. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, February 6, 2015

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience

The next workshop is March 11-12, 2015 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) will present the 2015 IACUC Regional Education Conference on February 23 in Seattle, WA. The one-day conference will bring together IACUC administrators, staff, veterinarians, researchers and animal lab technicians. There will be interactive discussions for new and experienced IACUC members, opportunities to ask questions of regulatory officials, and networking time with colleagues. For more information, visit https://www.nwabr.org/events-programs/iacuc-conference. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Experimental Design and Statistics: Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer The review articles in this issue discuss current methods of animal research to address what can be done to improve the quality of animal experiments, choice of animal model, and the systematic review and meta-analysis of animal experiments.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Authority to euthanize” in the January 2015 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2015; 44(01). (PDF).

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

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