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Animal Research Online (ARO)

ARO is a new web-based system designed to manage animal research protocols and the protocol review process. It will improve efficiency and effectiveness and also reduce compliance risk for researchers, IACUC members, and staff.

AAALAC Accredited

The University of Pittsburgh is an AAALAC accredited institution. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

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USDA Finds Full Compliance with Standards for Research and Animal Welfare
During the week of Feb. 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA) conducted a four-day focused inspection of animal research laboratory spaces at the University of Pittsburgh, apparently in response to allegations and a video provided to the department.
Revised Rodent Genotyping Guidelines
The IACUC recently revised the rodent genotyping guidelines. All rodent users who perform genotyping must become familiar with the revised guidelines.
Change in CO2 Euthanasia Chamber Displacement Rate
The program wide recommendation for rodent CO2 euthanasia has been changed from a 10 - 30% displacement rate to a 50 - 55% displacement rate. As a result, CO2 euthanasia equipment must be recalibrated to provide the appropriate flow of CO2 into the euthanasia chamber.