Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Access to the Amendments & Protocols Online System
- Instructions for submitting protocols and amendments
- Protocol Template Form (doc, docx)
- VMTH Clinical Trials New as of May 1st
FALL 2013: AAALAC Site Visit
The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) will be conducting their triennial review of the UC Davis Animal Care Program this fall. The site visit team will be visiting all of our animal facilities, a random sampling of investigator laboratories with a focus on surgery areas, and meeting with key representatives from our animal care program. Maintaining our AAALAC accreditation is critical for our program and requires teamwork among researchers and their staff, the animal care staff, Facilities Management, the IACUC, the Attending Veterinarian and Campus Veterinary Services (CVS), and campus administration.
What can you do to prepare for this site visit?
1) Make sure that your protocol staff rosters are up to date (online system) and the personnel are well trained on the techniques that they are performing with live animals and that this training is documented. Review the Training Responsibilities policy on the IACUC website.
2) Make sure that the work that is being conducted by your laboratory is consistent with the IACUC approved protocol. Amendments can be submitted at http://iacuc.ucdavis.edu/protocol/index.cfm and must be approved prior to implementing a change.
3) Be familiar and in compliance with the IACUC policies at http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/ps/a/IACUC/po
4) Review the Laboratory Inspection preparation guide which outlines the campus requirements for those working with animals and helps laboratories prepare for audits.
5) Review contents in cabinets and drawers and discard any expired drugs/medical materials.
Conducting Survival Surgeries? The site visitors often put an emphasis on projects involving surgery and areas where survival surgery is conducted.
1) Make sure that post-operative analgesics are given according to the IACUC protocol.
2) Make sure that the appropriate pre-, peri-, and post-operative records are being maintained.
3) For rodent surgeons, it is now required that you take the IACUC’s online rodent surgery course. This short 15-20 minute course is a good introduction/refresher on aseptic technique and the UC Davis IACUC policy on rodent surgeries. http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/tr/animalCareAndUseTraining
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the IACUC Office at 530-752-2364 or send an email to email@example.com.
Animal Care and Use-Related Comments or Questions:, 530-752-2364