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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - IACUC


Institutional Animal Care and Use News

July 25, 2017
IACUC Newsletter Summer 2017
Topics include electronic submissions, research manual updates, CITI training, protocol deviation form, form changes, staff updates and additional reading.

January 3, 2017


As regulations change, the Animal Use protocol form is updated to ask questions that allow the IACUC to ascertain if new projects meet current regulatory requirements. There are currently many active protocols that are over 6 years old that are on outdated forms that do not reflect current regulations. In an effort to ensure that all protocols are up to date, as of January 1, 2017, all IACUC protocols will be required to undergo a six-year renewal. Like new protocols, the six year renewal will be reviewed by either full committee or by designated member review and you will be issued a new protocol number upon review. You will begin receiving notifications at the time of your next continuing review if your protocol has been open for over six years or is due for six year renewal the following year. This notification will contain instructions to submit your renewal at the time of the following continuing review. At that time you will be required to submit your project on the most current Animal Use form for a renewal in order to avoid expiration. You will receive reminder notifications 120, 90, 60 and 30 days in advance of the renewal deadline.  Please do not wait until the last minute to submit the new protocol form.  We recommend that you to submit your protocol at least 8 weeks prior to the expiration date to allow time for IACUC processing.

If the project is still active and you wish to continue activities, you must renew the project as indicated below. If your work is not continuing, you may close the protocol at any time by completing  sections 1, 3 and 10 of the Continuing Review Form. This will allow us to officially close the protocol file.

For your renewal:

1.       Download and complete the most current version of the Animal Use Protocol form found on our IACUC forms webpage.
2.       The new version should reflect all current activities being conducted on the project at the time of renewal.
3.       Be sure to completely fill out form as incomplete forms may delay approval.
4.       Submit completed form to the University Veterinarian for signature and address any concerns at that time.
5.       The protocol will be reviewed by the IACUC Committee at either a full convened meeting or by designated review process (depending on the USDA pain level).
6.       Be advised that the protocol will be administratively closed at the 6-year renewal time.
7.       At the time of six year renewal your project will be issued a new protocol number.

We appreciate your continued assistance and dedication in making sure we have the most up to date and accurate records. Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Thank you,


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February 9, 2016

To all faculty, staff and students utilizing animals in research programs:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1 and 2, the University of Vermont will host its triennial site visit from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). Many private and public funding sources view AAALAC accreditation as an assurance that animal use at our institution is conducted in a humane and ethical manner, and that appropriate regulations and policies are followed.  As an AAALAC-accredited institution, UVM demonstrates a serious commitment to high standards in the care and use of animals in research programs.

During their inspection, the site visitors will observe every aspect of the UVM animal care program, from record-keeping and training of personnel to drug storage and maintenance of facilities. Please be aware that the site visitors will inspect laboratories in which animal procedures are performed as well as all animal-housing facilities. Laboratory visits will be on Tuesday afternoon (HSRF, Given, Stafford, Dewey) and Wednesday morning (Colchester) It is absolutely critical that any operational or facility deficiencies which have been identified in your laboratory by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) be corrected prior to the AAALAC site visit.

 Please take the following steps to prepare for a successful site visit:

  • Take a moment to review the results of your last IACUC inspection, which took place in October of 2015, and correct any deficiencies which were noted.
  • Inspect your drug storage areas for expired products and make sure all solutions are stored and labeled properly. Ensure that any controlled substances used in the lab are appropriately stored and logged.
  • Have copies of your approved IACUC protocols available in the lab, and confirm that each member of the laboratory team understands what animal procedures have been approved.
  • Take care that any areas in the lab in which survival surgeries or other animal procedures take place are clean and organized.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about procedures that occur in the laboratory. Be polite and answer questions accurately and concisely, without offering extraneous detail or commentary.

Maintaining AAALAC accreditation gives UVM researchers an important advantage in obtaining extramural funding. It is to every researcher’s benefit to present the animal care and use program in the best possible light.

 If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. You can also find information about AAALAC in the “resources” section of the AAALAC website:

One presentation in particular deals with preparation for a site visit:

Many thanks for your cooperation,

Ruth Blauwiekel, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
University Veterinarian
Office: 656-7881
Cell: 578-3467

November 4, 2015
Attention Infoed Users:  InfoEd will be upgraded to a new version of code this weekend and will not be available to users.  The system will be off-line from Friday, November 6 at 3 pm until Monday, November 9 at 8 am.  Users will NOT be able to access the system during this time.  Read more here.

The Move from Paper to Electronic Exchange of IACUC Protocol Materials

Beginning 10/01/09 the IACUC will require investigators to submit all protocols and protocol-related submissions (e.g. amendments, key personnel changes) in portable document format (PDF). Investigators in turn can expect to receive their IACUC correspondence via email. This change is a giant step forward and should result in less paperwork for the investigators and the IACUC staff.

We continue to require protocol submissions to be signed by the vet, the PI and others (e.g. departmental reviews) as necessary. This will require that investigators scan final submission documents into a PDF document and then forward them to our office. We have identified a potential pitfall with this new process to be confusion with document versions. We must all be vigilant about making sure we are always working with the currently approved version of the protocol and protocol roster. Please update your documents every time they are submitted by completing the footer.

All submissions need to be sent to the email box where new submissions will be monitored and processed in the order they are received. Electronic submissions prior to October 1 will be accepted.

We are also now ready to implement automated email notifications and correspondence from the InfoEd database system. These emails will primarily be continuing review reminders and key personnel changes. However, we will be scanning and emailing the remaining types of correspondence to avoid confusion. To help the investigator identify IACUC email correspondence, the subject line of the emails will always contain the words: *IMPORTANT* IACUC … .

Please do not disregard these emails as we will not be sending hard copies of emailed correspondence. The automated messages can only be sent to the PI of record. For those of you who designate these tasks, you should determine a way to filter or forward your email to the person to whom you have delegated that responsibility. The InfoEd system does not have a viable designate feature for IACUC at this time.

Depending upon which email software and browser is used, the Infoed correspondence may appear within the email message or as an attachment or both. Investigators may reply to these automated emails, but remember to attach a PDF document(s) of whatever it is that is being submitted for review.

We expect that some adjustments may need to be made to this new process and appreciate your patience and feedback during this transition.

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