Office of Animal Welfare

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Angela Gamble, BS, LATG
OAW Compliance Manager
Phone: 434-924-5752
Email: adr8s

OAW Location & Contacts
Cobb Hall, Room S-052 & S-055
P.O. Box 800720
Charlottesville, VA
Fax: 434-982-4092
Email: animalwelfare

News & Announcements

Do you have guillotine blades or surgical instruments that require sharpening?

The vendor name and location have changed!

Spectrum Surgical can sharpen both guillotine blades and surgical instruments. The repair lab is located in a trailer in the M6 parking lot off of Grove Street (across the railroad tracks from the back of the University Hospital). The trailer is light blue with Spectrum Surgical printed on the side. If interested in these services, contact Eric Ballew at ejb3f@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu or call 434-987-6443. CALL ahead to ensure he is in the trailer before visiting. The newly sharpened guillotine blades will be imprinted with the month and year of sharpening, thus eliminating the need for a certification sticker.

Does your precision anesthetic vaporizer or anesthetic gas analyzer need to be validated?

In accordance with the ACUC Policy on Certification of Precision Vaporizers Used for Inhalational Anesthesia, vaporizers and must have their output setting dial validated at least every three years. Similarly, anesthetic gas analyzers must have their readout validated at least every three years using a calibrated anesthetic gas output. If the anesthetic gas output deviates >10% at any integer setting, the vaporizer (or analyzer) must be repaired by a professional servicing center. The ACUC also recommends that any time a vaporizer has not been in service for more than one year that the output of the vaporizer be validated.

A certification sticker must be affixed to the vaporizer by the servicing agent documenting the date the vaporizer was tested, the name of the servicing agent, and the next recommended date of service. Vaporizers (or analyzers) can be serviced by a professional servicing center or by the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM). Contact Jeremy Gatesman at jjg4w@cms.mail.virginia.edu in the CCM to schedule an in-house validation. CCM charges $20/vaporizer plus current veterinary technician time charges for validation services. CCM will not repair vaporizers or gas analyzers.

ACUC Policy Updates

Below is a list of recently updated ACUC Policies. We recommend reviewing these policies if relevant to your research.

Coming soon:

  • Policy on Temporary Housing of Laboratory Animals (replaces satellite housing)
  • Policy on PI-Managed Permanent Housing Facilities
  • Peri-Operative Care and Recordkeeping Requirements for Research and Teaching Using USDA Regulated Non-Rodent Species Undergoing General Anesthesia
  • Policy on the Use of Hazardous Chemicals in Animal Research
  • Policy on the Use of Toe Clipping for Animal Identification
  • Policy on Provision of Feed and Water

All ACUC policies can be found here.

Upcoming Training Dates

Contact Mary Riggins at msr5p@virginia.edu or 434-243-1480 to pre-register for training.

Animal Research Orientation Seminar [more info]

Thursday, November 6th 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Jordan Hall Room 1-17

Rodent Biomethodology Class [more info]
(former title: Rodent Handling Workshop)

Tuesday, November 11th 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Rodent Anesthesia and Analgesia Class [more info]

To be announced

Principles of Rodent Surgery Class (Two days) [more info]
(former title: Rodent Aseptic Surgery Class)

To be announced

Protocol Writing Workshop [more info]

To be announced