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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

LATA Training Requirements Temporarily Deferred

The requirement for completing any online training modules with "LATA" in the title is currently deferred by the ACUC. During the deferment period, animal handler approval and protocol approval will not be withheld due to this training requirement. Animal handlers will be required to complete similar training once AALAS Learning Library online modules are accessible. Contact Angela Gamble, Office of Animal Welfare with any additional concerns or questions.

Animal Handler and PI Refresher Training Documentation

Some users have had difficulty documenting their refresher training. An outdated URL is unfortunately embedded inside the training module. Because the URL does not match the current URL, the web browser pops up a warning (see below) indicating that the link may be unsafe. In this specific instance, it is okay to "continue to the website" in order to document your training. We are in the process of updating the module to correct the URL. Example below.

Guillotine blades and surgical instrument sharpening

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). If interested in these services, contact Eric Ballew at or call 770-312-7163. 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.

CCM can validate your precision anesthetic vaporizer or anesthetic gas analyzer as required by ACUC policy

Vaporizers (or analyzers) can be serviced by a professional servicing center or by the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM). Contact Jeremy Gatesman at 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

All ACUC policies can be found here.

Upcoming Training Dates

Contact Nicky Rose at or 434-243-1480 to pre-register for training.

Animal Research Orientation Seminar [more info]

Thursday, August 2 9 11:30 am Pinn Hall 1-17
Thursday, September 6 9 11:30 am Pinn Hall 1-17

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

Thursday, August 16 1 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 12 1 4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17 1 4:00 pm
Monday, November 12 1 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 13 1 4:00 pm
Wednesday, January 16 1 4:00 pm
Thursday, February 21 1 4:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19 1 4:00 pm

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