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The 4 key elements to an institution’s preparedness are:

  1. An animal program of impeccable integrity
  2. A security program based on risk assessment
  3. An integrated communication plan with descriptions of research projects in lay terminology, spokespersons, & a phone tree
  4. An internal and external community outreach program
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Be Prepared

1. An animal program of impeccable integrity

"Each institution that receives PHS support for activities involving vertebrate animals or is subject to the authority of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) must operate an animal care and use program with clear lines of authority and responsibility. The program must include:

  • a properly constituted and functioning Institutional Animal Care and use Committee (IACUC);
  • procedures for self monitoring;
  • an adequate veterinary care program;
  • an occupational health and safety program (not required under the AWA)
  • a personnel training program
  • an environment, housing and management program for animals; and
  • appropriately maintained facilities for housing and support.”

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    in the ARENA/OLAW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook Section A.2.

Further resources:

An animal program of impeccable integrity requires constant care, evaluation, and thoughtfulness. There are a variety of federal and non-federal resources that can help institutions and investigators realize the best possible programs and practices, including:

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