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About Animal Resources and IACUC

What is the Office of Animal Resources?

The Office of Animal Resources has oversight responsibility of all animal research use at the University of Nevada, Reno. Animal Resources provides veterinary care campus wide and at the Nevada Experimental Agriculture Stations (NAES). Animal Resources provides animal care and welfare in the Center of Molecular Medicine facility, central animal facility, Applied Research Facility and College of Science facility. Animal Resources collaborates with the Investigative teams in optimizing animal welfare and care and minimizing variables to provide the best possible study results. Animal Resources administers the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Nevada Transgenic Center, a core transgenic facility for NSHE system. Animal Resources is administered through the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation (OVPRI) providing oversight of direct animal care, veterinary care, and animal protocol reviews. The OVPRI is also responsible for research funding, research services and compliance activities.

What is the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC Functions

In compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service Policy regarding Vertebrate Animal Use, IACUC oversees all animal related work. The committee also oversees the occupational health and safety program for those who work with animals or animal tissues. This oversight includes review of all studies, classes, and experiments which require the use of any vertebrate animal species, living or dead. IACUC is composed of several research scientists, at least one veterinarian, and community representatives.

The University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the university's animal care and use programs, facilities and procedures ensuring the appropriate care, use and humane treatment of animals being used for research, testing and teaching, whether that use is biomedical, basic sciences, or agricultural. The IACUC must review ALL requests to use vertebrate animals BEFORE that use may begin. IACUC must ensure all work with animals complies with any and all applicable federal, state, and international regulations.

IACUC also performs inspections of any areas where animals are housed and used, as well and overseeing mandatory training and educational programs for all who will be involved with any animal use. While IACUC is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance, the committee views its role as one of service to the faculty, technicians, students, and administrators, as well as the general public, providing guidance in ensuring the highest quality of animal care coexistent with attaining the ultimate in quality scientific results.

Services Offered

Examples of technical assistance that Office of Animal Resources can offer are listed below. As examples this is not an exhaustive list but a list of routine types of technical procedures. Advanced or customized technical assistance may be available and as such will need to be discussed with the Animal Resources management team.

  • Plug checking
  • Weaning
  • Culling
  • Anesthesia Set up: training, isoflurane, charcoal scavengers
  • Glove box quarantine: set up, breeding, contact sentinels, tear down
  • Surgical technique training
  • Surgical model creation
  • Animal Imaging training (ultrasound and or radiographic)
  • Animals dosing training: oral gavage, parenteral dosing (SQ, IM, IP)
  • Animal blood collection technique training: cardiac collection, saphenous collection, submandibular vein collection
  • Ordering supplies
  • Breeding in quarantine

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