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Animal Care & Use Program

 

Contact Information

 

IACUC Chairman

David Patterson, PhD     

david.patterson@nsm.du.edu 

303-871-5650

 

 

Attending Veterinarian 

Ron Banks, DVM

ron.banks@earthlink.com

919-423-7761

 

 IACUC Manager 

 Briana Coles  

Briana.Coles@du.edu     

303-871-4050       

Director of the Animal Facility  

Nancy Lorenzon, PhD

 Nancy.Lorenzon@du.edu 

303-871-2871

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The University of Denver uses the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) as a basis for developing and implementing our Institutional Animal Care and Use Program. The University of Denver's Animal Care and Use Program is AAALAC accredited and PHS Assured.

Any individual proposing to use animals is required to obtain approval from the DU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is composed of four faulty members, a veterinarian, and two individuals selected to represent the local community. The primary responsibility of the IACUC is to review all research protocols involving the use of live, vertebrate animals and to ensure that all personnel directly involved in animal research have received proper training in the use of laboratory animals. "Animal" is defined as "any live, vertebrate animal used or intended for use in research, research training, teaching, experimentation or biological testing or for related purposes."

 


 

Occupational Health Screening

Each year, the Principal Investigator and each individual interacting with live vertebrate animals or animal tissues from an IACUC-approved protocol will need to complete a "Medical History Questionnaire."

The completed and dated form must be placed in a sealed envelope with the individual's name and the Principal Investigator's name on the outside of the envelope and sent/delivered to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Chris Short. The screening form will be reviewed by DU's contracted physician who will advise EH&S if any concerns are identified with regard to the individual working with live vertebrate animals or animal tissues. Such communication will not include any information about the individual's health history or diagnoses but will be limited to communicating restrictions, inoculations needed or other recommendations regarding contact with animals or animal tissues.

 

Required Animal Research Training

For each new IACUC protocol submission, the Principal Investigator and each individual who will be interacting with any of the species covered by the protocol will need to complete the following prior to submitting:

  • The CITI "Working with the IACUC" basic course for Investigators, Staff, and Students; and
  • The CITI species-specific courses for each species to be used in the protocol. The CITI course completion certificates are valid for 4 years for DU IACUC protocols.
  • The EH&S Lab Safety and Blood Bourne Pathogen courses.

Continuing Education: one in-person training session must be attended by the PI and each individual listed on the protocol per year that the protocol is approved.Training will be reported as part of the annual report to the IACUC. All training must be documented. Click here for the template

 

Instructions

Completing the required training and education

Reporting an Animal Welfare Concern 

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Please email briana.coles@du.edu to request a copy of the 2013-2014 IACUC Policies and Procedures Manual

 

COMPLIANCE MONITORING

Reporting Adverse/Unanticipated Events/Animal Welfare Concerns

Controlled Substances

 

IACUC ANIMAL SOPs

Acclimatization/Stabilization of Animals

Animal Counting & Reporting

Aseptic Technique for Survival Animal Surgery

Cage Density

Euthanasia

Fetal and Neonatal Euthanasia (Mouse/Rat)

Medical Records for Animals

Policy for Enrichment

Surgical Disinfectants

Tail Clipping in Mice

Therapy Animals

Toe Clipping in Mice


 

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Principal Investigator Responsibilities and Requirements  

 

RESOURCES

CITI

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

DU Risk Management 

DU Environmental Health and Safety 

ORSP Policies  

 

Please direct any research compliance questions or issues to the IACUC Manger, Briana.Coles@du.edu

 

 

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