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Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) training materials
 
PowerPoint from September 21, 2010 workshop: Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act

Resources for wildlife researchers
 

Signs of mouse pain and distress
 
The following article describes the development of the "mouse grimace scale", which is a method for determining levels of pain by examining facial expressions. The article includes clear pictures and descriptions of the facial expressions:
 
Langford, Bailey, Chanda, et al., (2010). Coding of facial expressions of pain in the laboratory mouse. Nature Methods, 7:447-449.
 
The following article describes methods for determining the health status of mice, and provides guidance on establishing study endpoints based on health status:
 
Ullman-Culleré and Foltz (1999). Body condition scoring: a rapid and accurate method for assessing health status in mice. Laboratory Animal Science, 49:319-323.
 
The articles can be accessed through E-Journals at the UA library.

Use of invertebrate models in research
 
A review article describing the use of invertebrate animal models in research was recently published:
 
Wilson-Sanders S.E. (2011). Invertebrate Models for Biomedical Research, Testing, and Education. ILAR Journal, 52(2):126-152.
 
The article can be accessed through E-Journals at the UA library.
 

Description of animal research in scientific publications
 
Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications outlines the information that should be included in scientific papers regarding animal studies to ensure that the study can be replicated.

Animal Care and Use Program accreditation information
 
The following documents are often required when applying for grants:
  • AAALAC Accreditation document
  • OLAW Animal Welfare Assurance Number
  • USDA Animal Welfare Act Registration
These documents can be accessed here.

Description of the Care and Use Program for submission to granting agencies
 
Some grant applications/submissions require a description of the Animal Care and Use Program. A sample description is provided.
 
The Animal Care and Use Program is under the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research (SVPR). Responsibility for the oversight of the program is vested in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Department of University Animal Care (UAC).
 
UAC is responsible for overseeing all animal care and husbandry functions for the University. All centralized animal facilities are under the direct control of UAC. Satellite facilities are staffed by individual investigators, but UAC provides veterinary and husbandry oversight and has the authority to make changes in management of these facilities. The University Farms are operated by the College of Agriculture, with oversight by the UAC Farm Animal Veterinarian.
 
The IACUC provides oversight for the total Animal Care and Use Program. Committee members and the Chair are appointed by the SVPR, as delegated by the University President. The SVPR is the Institutional Official, and the IACUC reports to the IO as mandated by PHS Policy and regulations of the Animal Welfare Act. The IACUC Committee maintains a membership of ~20 members, including veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and non-affiliated/community members and reviews all research and University courses which require the use of vertebrate animal species. Every six months the Committee inspects animal use locations and performs a total programmatic review. The IACUC oversees the required training and/or proficiency certification for all individuals who use or care for animals. Access to centralized animal facilities is limited to those who have completed all applicable IACUC training and certification.
 
The University's Animal Care and Use Program is AAALAC accredited. There are five central animal facilities, including one at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. These facilities total 78,000 square feet of housing, surgical suites, procedure rooms and associated support areas for a wide variety of animal species. The University also maintains domestic farm animals at the Campbell Avenue Farm and the West Campus Agricultural Center.
 
     
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