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Policy: Reporting Morbidity and Mortality in Animals Used in Research (AACUP)

Policy: Reporting Morbidity and Mortality in Animals Used in Research (AACUP)

Policy

  • All agricultural animals must be observed at least once daily including weekends and holidays.
  • Trained individuals familiar with normal behavior and health of the species must perform and document the observations.
  • The documentation must be readily available to veterinary staff, AACUP compliance personnel, members of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and regulatory inspectors.
  • Individuals charged with performing animal observations, whether members of the animal husbandry staff or the research team, are responsible for reporting animal health- or welfare-related problems according to established procedures.
  • Unanticipated illnesses and deaths suspected of being associated with research activities must be reported to theattending veterinarian for agricultural animals (AVAA) or the Office of the AACUP at aacup@vetmed.illinois.edu within 24 hours.
  • The AVAA will advise the IACUC of unexpected or unusual morbidity and mortality associated with research activities.

Scope

This policy applies to all agricultural animals used in teaching and/or research housed in animal facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Background

Federal regulations and professional standards mandate that the U of I establishes and maintains a program of adequate veterinary care for all vertebrate animals used in research and teaching and housed in its animal facilities. The veterinary care program is directed by the U of I institutional veterinarians. For activities that use agricultural animals, the institutional veterinarian is the AVAA in the AACUP.

The veterinary care program includes:

  • A mechanism to ensure communication to the AVAA of timely and accurate information on problems of agricultural animal health, behavior, and well-being;
  • Methods available 365 days of the year to control, prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries under the direction of the AVAA.

Approved: 8/1/2012

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