News and Announcements

Announcement: New IACUC Review Process, Veterinary Verification and Consultation (VVC) (Posted 2-22-17)

At the IACUC’s meeting on February 15, 2017, the IACUC approved the Veterinary Verification and Consultation (VVC) process for the following significant changes:

•    Changes in anesthesia, analgesia, sedation, or experimental substances;
•    Changes in euthanasia to any method approved in the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals; and
•    Changes in duration, frequency, type, or number of procedures performed on an animal (but not entirely new procedures)

Now amendments limited to the changes stated above may be reviewed through the VVC process. For more information on the VVC process, please review the IACUC’s VVC SOP on the IACUC’s Policies and Procedures webpage

Please be advised, ALL amendments to an approved IACUC protocol must still be submitted to the Office of Research Services - Research Protections section at orp@depaul.edu. Once you submit your amendment to the Office of Research Services-Research Protections, ORS IACUC staff will conduct a pre-review of your submission, ensure that the submission is properly recorded in the IACUC protocol records,  and distribute your submission for review at the appropriate level of review.

Announcement: Research Support Facility (RSF) Access Request Form available on the IACUC website (posted 11-5-15)

On November 1, 2015 the Research Support Facility (RSF) released the RSF Facility Access Management Policy. The policy clearly indicates the standards and expectations for managing access to the RSF. All individuals who will need access to the RSF, will have to submit the RSF Access Request Form to the Director of the RSF for processing. All access requests must be made by an individual’s direct supervisor (i.e., either their Chair, faculty researcher [for student requests], or other applicable individual).  The RSF Request Form can be found on the IACUC Forms and Templates page.

Announcement: IACUC approves Holding Protocol Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) (posted 9-15-15)

On July 16, 2015, the IACUC approved a holding protocol and its companion SOP, which details the procedures that will be followed when animals are to be held on the IACUC approved holding protocol. The holding protocol allows for animals to be housed at DePaul and to receive standard daily care and feeding (as appropriate) until an investigator secures IACUC approval for their protocol specifying the use of those animals. For complete details, see the Policies & Procedures webpage for a copy of the SOP.

Announcement: New primary veterinarian (posted 7-1-14)

As of July 1, 2014, DePaul will welcome new primary veterinarian Dr. Kelly Garcia to DePaul’s Animal Care and Use Program. If you have any veterinarian questions or need veterinarian assistance, please contact Dr. Garcia. Her contact information is posted throughout the Research Support Facility (RSF) or you may contact orp@depaul.edu to obtain Dr. Garcia’s contact information.

Announcement: IACUC Releases Revised RSF Manual (posted 7-1-14)

As of July 1, 2014, the IACUC released the revised RSF Manual that goes more in-depth on the standard procedures for users of the Research Support Facility (RSF) and managing the animal care facility at DePaul. If you would like a copy of the RSF Manual, please email orp@depaul.edu to obtain a copy. Copies are also available in the RSF Office.

Announcement: Revised AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition. (posted 4-29-13)

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition. This edition replaces the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2007 Edition.

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), federal agency that oversees IACUCs, has already encouraged IACUCs to begin using the updated AVMA Guidelines when reviewing proposed IACUC protocols. OLAW is requiring that all institutions under their purview implement the updated Guidelines by September 1, 2013. DePaul’s IACUC will begin using the updated AVMA Guidelines as of May 1, 2013. This means that all ongoing and newly proposed IACUC activities will be subject to the revised AVMA Guidelines.

To read the Executive Summary of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition please visit: https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/

To read the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, please visit: https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/euthanasia.pdf

To read the Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-22/pdf/2013-06661.pdf​