1. All UAA personnel who work with animals must complete the first module of a web-based program that provides an introduction to the primary issues concerning the care and use of animals in a research or teaching environment. The module is called “Working with the IACUC” and it is provided online () by Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The module covers 26 topics on laboratory animal welfare. Below is a sample of the topics covered in this module.
Moral and Ethical Considerations for the Use of Animals
Guidelines and Legislation
Role of the UAA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Factors Influencing Research Animals (includes transport and shipping)
Hazard Control in Animal Facilities and in Field Research
Stress in Vertebrates
2. Other modules are taken as necessary and cover issues such as anesthesia and pain management, aseptic techniques and surgery, captive wildlife and laboratory animal care, field research, and species-specific modules, such as how to work with rats, hamsters, and mice. The IACUC tracks the training of all personnel, and ensures that personnel listed on protocol forms have the appropriate training.
3. Personnel working with captive animals also receive instruction on their particular species and handling techniques by trained individuals, and the veterinarian and IACUC review these procedures. Handling methods for the rats, hamsters, frogs, and fish currently housed at UAA follow published guidelines.
As specified in the PHS Policy at IV.A.2, as Category 2, of this institution's programs and facilities, including satellite facilities, for activities involving animals have been evaluated by the IACUC and will be reevaluated by the IACUC at least once every six months in accord with IV.B.1. and 2. of the PHS Policy, and reports prepared in accord with IV.B.3. of the PHS Policy.
All IACUC semiannual reports will include a description of the nature and extent of this institution's adherence to the . Any departures from the will be identified specifically and reasons for each departure will be stated. Reports will distinguish
significant deficiencies from minor deficiencies. Where program or facility deficiencies are noted, reports will contain a reasonable and specific plan and schedule for
correcting each deficiency. Semiannual reports of the IACUC evaluations will be
submitted to Dr. Douglas Causey. Semiannual reports of IACUC evaluations will be maintained by this institution and made available to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) upon request. The most recent semiannual report of the IACUC is attached.