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Literature searching for federal Animal Welfare Act compliance

Feb. 27, 2013 – Literature Searching for Federal Animal Welfare Act Compliance
As stated in the IACUC protocol review forms (section 9 for research, section 7 for instruction), "The Federal Animal Welfare Act and PHS Policy require that researchers/instructors evaluate the existence of alternatives when procedures cause more than slight or momentary pain or distress for the animal."  

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Animal Welfare Act and focus primarily on determining and using the best resources to conduct a literature search to comply with the Act.  Search strategies and development of appropriate terms will be discussed to determine if an alternative exists, and whether or not the protocol unnecessarily duplicates previous research.  

Attendees will have a better understanding of the 3Rs (reduction, refinement, and replacement) and their importance in determining alternatives for IACUC protocols.  Attendees will also have a better understanding of how to search relevant databases and what information to include in their IACUC protocol review forms, as well as meet with librarians who can help them with these types of literature searches.

This workshop will be offered two times; the first will be held in Newman Library, the second in the Vet Med complex:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 pm
207A Newman Library

Friday, March 22, 2013
10:00 am – 12:00 (noon) pm
Vet Med computer lab (the one by the Vet Med library)

Registration is available at

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