Volume 9 Research
Chapter 0103 Animal Euthanasia Policy
Responsible Office: Laboratory Animal Services
Originally issued: 12/1/2002
Animals must be euthanized by humane methods when the need arises, as described in the 2000 Report of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Panel on Euthanasia.
Reason For Policy
Georgia Health Sciences University recognizes the need for animal use in research. However, animals are not to be subjected to undue pain or distress. At times it may be necessary to euthanize animals during instances of excessive weight loss, inability to eat or drink, or other instances at the discretion of the attending veterinarian. Methods for euthanasia will be chosen to minimize animal pain and distress consistent with the needs of the research protocol.
Entities Affected By This Policy
This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and associates, and any other personnel involved with using animals in research.
Who Should Read This Policy
Faculty, staff, students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and associates, and any other personnel involved with using animals in research should know and observe this policy.
|Director, Laboratory Animal Services||706-721-3421||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/research/animal/|
|Clinical Veterinarians||706-721-8575 or706-721-0111|
Animal Care Resource Guide, Policy 11: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ac/policy/policy11.pdf
2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthansia: http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia.pdf
When an animal used in research is determined to be ill, in pain or distress, or at the termination of the experiment as described in the protocol (previously approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee [IACUC]), animals will be euthanized using the procedures described in this policy.
- At the completion of a research protocol, an acute surgical procedure, or if an animal is unresponsive to treatment, the animal shall be euthanized according to one of the methods in accordance with the 2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia.
- Stock animals that are no longer suitable for research use because of weight or age limitations, e.g., shall be euthanized in accordance with the reference cited in item 1.
- Animals will be euthanized by the principal investigator, or a member of the investigative team who has been approved by IACUC for the respective protocol, using the methods described in the IACUC-approved protocol. Euthanized animals will be disposed of according to Laboratory Animal Services (LAS) procedures.
The responsibilities each party has in connection with Academic, Research, and Student Affairs Policy 9.0103, Animal Euthanasia Policy, are:
|Principal investigator or IACUC-approved member of the investigative team||Euthanize animals according to methods set forth in the IACUC-approved protocol|