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This institution has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the institution's animal program, facilities, and procedures.  The IACUC consists of at least five members, and its membership meets the composition requirements set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.A.3.b.  Attached is a list of the chairperson and members of the IACUC and their names, degrees, position titles, specialties and institutional affiliations.

The IACUC will:

1.

The institution's program for humane care and use of animals is reviewed at least once every six months using the Guide as a basis for evaluation. All members of the IACUC are given the opportunity to participate in the semi-annual program evaluation. The IACUC procedures for conducting semiannual program evaluations are:  

i.

To review the IACUC membership to make sure that it complies with membership guidelines, and to review the various functions and procedures of the IACUC with the members.

ii.

To review record keeping and reporting functions to ensure that all procedures are being followed, and all protocols are up-to-date in their compliance.  

iii.

To review the veterinary care procedures and lines of authority, and to review any concerns over the administration of such care.

iv.

To advise committee members of available training options, and to conduct brief training exercises (shorts or discussion points), and to review the available training options for Researchers, teachers, and staff. To make recommendations for improvements in the training programs.

v.

To review the policies and procedures in place to ensure the health and safety for personnel working with animals and to review the procedures for reporting concerns/health issues.

2.

Inspect at least once every six months all of the institution's animal facilities, including satellite facilities, using the Guide as a basis for evaluation. All members of the IACUC are given the opportunity to participate in the semi-annual inspection. The IACUC procedures for conducting semiannual facility inspections are:  

i.

A visual inspection of the facilities is conducted by no fewer than three members of the IACUC semiannually that includes the chair and DVM. The general condition of the animals, their housing, animal density, their food, and their treatment with respect to research or teaching procedures is evaluated based on the Guide.

ii.

At each review, animal health and tracking records are reviewed.

iii.

Cage condition and cleaning procedures are reviewed, as are sanitation, waste disposal and pest control issues.

iv.

The physical parameters such as light intensity, air circulation, temperature, room volume, humidity, and all other factors which may affect the health or comfort of the animals are measured by the

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