The Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) oversees the University’s use of animals in scientific investigation and instruction, manages the compliance activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and administers the research support functions of University Research Animal Resources (URAR).
Announcements and News
1/9/2018: If your IACUC protocol includes the use of euthanasia solution for euthanasia, be aware that there is a nation-wide shortage of euthanasia solution.
What you need to know and do:
- You should amend the AUP to add alternative methods prior to the potential need if you anticipate that euthanasia solution may not be available when needed,
- Please contact the URAR veterinarians or the Attending Veterinarian for guidance. The IACUC uses the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia as the reference for determining which methods are acceptable. A pdf of the Guidelines on Euthanasia is available on the AVMA website: https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Euthanasia-Guidelines.aspx
- The main alternative options are going to involve placing the animal under deep anesthesia and then either 1) overdosing with anesthetic or 2) using a physical method such as exsanguination, decapitation, or captive bolt. If a physical method is used, the animals must be assessed to ensure adequate depth of anesthesia (surgical plane or deeper) before the physical method is used. The best method will, of course, depend on the species and situation.
- If an animal requires euthanasia and euthanasia solution is not available, but the AUP has not been amended to add alternatives, the PI must contact the URAR veterinarians or the Attending Veterinarian for assistance.
1/4/2018: The IACUC has adopted new and updated policies in the last month. Please find the new Transport Policy below in the ‘Policies’ menu. Additionally, updated TBE Guidelines have been posted in ‘Guidelines and Procedures.’
11/1/2017: The IACUC has adopted new and updated policies in the last month. Please find the Policy on Post-Inspection Response and Communication as well as the Policy on Reporting Unanticipated Outcomes Affecting Animal Well-Being below in the ‘Policies’ menu.