Alternatives to painful procedures in research involving animals are sometimes not viewed as viable options or given the appropriate consideration. With respect to ensuring animal well-being, it is important to understand that minimizing pain is better for the animal. (Presented on May 15, 2014)
In this webinar, presenters explained when alternatives searches are required, and what that means for institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) members. Additionally, presenters:
- Summarized strategies and level of review suggested by oversight agencies to minimize pain
- Highlighted the changes in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy 12 (Consideration of Alternatives to Painful/Distressful Procedures)
- Identified common misconceptions regarding USDA and other governing bodies’ mandates regarding alternative searches
- Suggested alternatives to painful procedures, including the use of analgesics/anesthetics and non-pharmacological interventions, the development of a humane primate model of spinal cord injury, noninvasive imaging, telemetry, etc.
- Discussed the importance of the three Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement) in an alternatives search
- Provided examples of scientific literature on alternative animal models and humane endpoints and share useful techniques and search strategies
This intermediate-level webinar was of interest to individuals working in animal care and use, including IACUC members, chairs, directors, and staff, as well as researchers.
Webinar participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification. Learn More »
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