AAALAC site visitors last July noted several instances of less-than-adequate adherence to UCI’s IACUC Surgery Policy and Guidelines, including poor record-keeping, substandard use of aseptic techniques and failure to remove sutures as described in approved animal-use protocols. To address this issue, the IACUC has expanded the Veterinary Education and Outreach program to include semi-annual Quality Assurance Reviews of all laboratories that conduct survival surgery procedures. A full description of the process can be found in the IACUC Surgery Policy and Guidelines.
Melanie Fabian, CPIA
Please visit the IACUC website for more information about UCI’s animal care program