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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Guideline #22

Attending Veterinarian (AV) Review Policy

1. References: 9 CFR §2.31(d)(1)(iv)(B), AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 edition; IACUC Policy #12: Use of Freund’s Complete Adjuvant

2. Purpose/Scope: This Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) policy provides guidance on when an Attending Veterinarian (AV) consult is required prior to submission of animal care and use protocol (ACUP) to the University Research Compliance Office (URCO) for IACUC review and the administrative process for requesting and documenting the AV consult.

3. Principal Investigators/Instructors (PIs) are required to consult with Kansas State University’s AV prior to submitting an ACUP to the URCO office for IACUC review whenever the proposed ACUP involves:

3.1. The use of anesthetics, analgesics, tranquilizers, sedatives, and/or paralytics for the induction/maintenance of anesthesia, alleviation of pain/distress, and/or chemical restraint;

3.2. USDA Pain Category D (alleviated pain/distress) or E (unalleviated pain/distress) animal procedures/manipulations that would otherwise cause more than momentary and/or transient pain or distress if performed without anesthesia, analgesia, etc. (e.g.,  surgery, inducing disease/injury, LD50 toxicity testing, exposure to extreme environmental conditions, prolonged physical restraint, prolonged food/water deprivation, stress/performance testing, etc.);

3.3. Euthanasia methods that are categorized as “acceptable with conditions” or “unacceptable” as per the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 edition, except:

3.3.1  CO2 euthanasia in rodents

3.3.2  Isoflurane overdose in rodents

3.4. Use of Freund’s Complete adjuvant (Policy #12).

4. PIs must contact the AV (CMG Director) for an AV consult which must be completed prior to submitting an ACUP to the URCO for IACUC review. This can be accomplished by either emailing/calling the AV directly or calling the CMG office (x2-5640) to schedule an appointment for an AV consult and emailing a copy of the draft ACUP to the AV. The AV consult may be accomplished either as a face-to-face meeting with the AV (preferred) or via phone conversation at the discretion of the AV.  In the event that the AV is out of the office and/or otherwise unavailable for an AV consult within 5 working days of the PI’s request, the CMG Assistant Director or other designee of the AV is authorized to conduct the AV consult on behalf of the AV.