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.