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USDA Annual Report is submitted online to USDA

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Mice and rats are not included in the USDA Annual Report but are included in VMU Annual Report per VA Policy (1200.7 8.j(1) and 8.j(4))

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AAALAC Program Description submitted triennially to AAALAC (CVMO no longer receives copies routinely per 1200.7, 8.j(2)(a))

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AAALAC Annual Report and other correspondence to and from AAALAC sent to CVMO (1200.7, 8.j(2)(b))

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Annual VA VMU report sent to CVMO (1200.7, 8.j(4))

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PHS Assurance, annual updates, and correspondence to and from OLAW sent to CVMO and ORO ((1200.7, 8.j(4) and 8.j(6))

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III.  IACUC RECORDS REQUIREMENTS

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Minutes of IACUC meetings and semi-annual reports kept 3 years

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IACUC documents, including all PHS, USDA, AAALAC, other reports and correspondence related to the animal care and use program are maintained at least three years, and IACUC records of individual protocols are kept at least 3 years after end of study

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As part of the Program review, the IACUC randomly reviews IACUC records representing at least 5 percent of the total active projects (a minimum of five) to determine if appropriate documentation of initial review, approval letter(s), annual and triennial approvals, modifications, and investigator correspondence are present. (1200.7, 8.d(1)(b))

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Emergency power is available to power HVAC equipment in the animal research facility in the event of an electrical outage, or an effective plan exists to provide supplemental cooling or other measures to maintain temperatures within the ranges dictated by the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. (1200.7, Appendix E, 3.b(8))

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IV.  PERSONNEL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

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All personnel involved with animal research receive training to competently and humanely perform their duties related to animal research (1200.7, 8.k.)

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Station has established and implemented an effective annual training program consistent with 1200.7, paragraphs 8.k(1)-(4), including subparagraphs

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Includes professional/management/supervisory personnel

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Includes animal care personnel

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Includes investigators, instructors, technicians, trainees, students

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Includes humane practices of animal care (e.g. housing, husbandry, handling)

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Includes humane practices of animal use (e.g. procedures, anesthesia, surgery)

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Includes research methods that minimize animal numbers

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Includes research methods that minimize animal pain or distress

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Includes use of hazardous agents and access to OSHA hazard notices

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V.  OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PERSONNEL

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OHS Program is established and complies with requirements of Section 10 of 1200.7 and Appendix C of 1200.7

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Covers all personnel who work in laboratory animal facilities (1200.7, Appendix C, 3.a(1))

Form 1 (Checklist), Page 3

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