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Policy: Monitoring and Documentation of Animals at Risk for Morbidity and Mortality (IACUC)

Policy: Monitoring and Documentation of Animals at Risk for Morbidity and Mortality (IACUC)

Policy

All animals must be observed at least once daily by trained individuals who are familiar with the species. Observation must be documented daily. The documentation must be readily available to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and veterinary staff as well as regulatory inspectors.

Scope

This policy applies to all vertebrate animals used in teaching and/or research that are housed in University of Illinois animal facilities.

Background

In accordance with federal regulations and professional standards, the U of I has established a veterinary care program that is directed by the institutional veterinarians. The program includes daily observation of all animals to assess their health and well-being and mechanisms to ensure direct and frequent communication so that information on problems related to animal health, behavior, and well-being is conveyed in a timely manner that allows the attending veterinarian to respond effectively to control, prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries.

Responsibilities

Individuals charged with observing the animals, whether members of the animal husbandry or research staff, are responsible for reporting animal health- or welfare-related problems according to established procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, spontaneous illness and unexpected deaths.

The Division of Animal Resources (DAR) is responsible for establishing standard procedures for reporting animal morbidity and mortality in laboratory animal facilities and laboratories.

The Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program (AACUP) is responsible for establishing standard procedures for agricultural animal facilities.

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Revision approved: 7/7/2009
Updated: 7/9/2013

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