Institutional Animal Care Program to provide Feb. 28 training

News for Researchers

February 1, 2017

Providing faculty with updates about animal research protocols and regulations is the goal of the Feb. 28 Special Principal Investigator Training sponsored by the Institutional Animal Care Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The session, which includes a complimentary lunch, is 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Room B100, Animal Science Complex, 3940 Fair St. Registration is required. It will feature information on four topics:

  • NUgrant updates: In response to user feedback and new regulatory requirements, IACP modified the NUgrant form to remove redundancy, eliminate unnecessary information and enable duplication of terminating protocols. IACP will present tips and tricks for navigating the form and streamlining the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee review process. Attendees can provide additional comments and suggested improvements to IACP prior to or during the meeting. Research Information Systems representatives, who maintain NUgrant, also will be in attendance.
  • Veterinary verified consultation: This new process allows UNL principal investigators to make changes to an IACUC protocol in accordance with policies reviewed and approved by IACUC and in consultation with an IACUC-approved veterinarian. The university implemented veterinary verified consultation in response to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare’s 2014 guidance supporting the use of performance standards and professional judgment and reducing regulatory burden. Dr. Kelly Heath, director for IACP, and Dr. Craig Kreikemeier-Bower, clinical veterinarian for IACP, will present on this topic.
  • Veterinary feed directive: Since Jan. 1, federal rules have required veterinary oversight of antibiotic administration to agricultural animals destined for human consumption. Heath and Kreikemeier-Bower will provide details about these new regulations.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration controlled substance update: Because of an uptick in DEA compliance inspections, IACP will provide an update on the purchase, storage and use of controlled substances.

The training session is both an informational meeting and an opportunity for researchers to provide IACP constructive feedback on the regulatory process. IACP will renew the general regulation training status for anyone who attends.

For additional information or to provide feedback on the training session’s topics, contact Kathy Pinkerton, assistant director for IACP and compliance and training coordinator for IACUC, 402-472-4466.

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