COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020

The IACUC staff will make every effort to continue to carry out IACUC functions, but please be aware of the following:

  • IACUC staff is currently working remotely
  • Semiannual inspections may need to be rescheduled
  • IACUC approval on new animal work will be based on the animal care program’s ability to care for the animals

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Pain Management in Rodents

February 24, 2020

The December 2019 issue of Comparative Medicine is devoted to pain as a clinical factor and experimental variable in laboratory rodents – covering ethical considerations regarding analgesia and pain management, the importance of pain recognition and management, sex and strain differences in response to pain and analgesics in mice, as well as the impact of pain on different models involving laboratory mice and...

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E-IACUC Patch 8.2.0

December 5, 2019
A patch to the eIACUC system went live on December 4, 2019. Enhancements include the addition of new help bubbles, wording clarification, and the addition to select open drop vs. vaporizer options for isoflurane delivery. See the PDF for a full list of updates. Read more about E-IACUC Patch 8.2.0

NSAID Availability Curtailed. Back Order Alert!

October 7, 2019

Please be aware that alternative options for NSAID use in research surgeries may be necessary because of recent shortages of supply of injectable meloxicam and carprofen. These drugs have recently been back-ordered or are in very short supply. As part of surgical planning, investigators using these medications in their research programs should take note of their current stock and match it with their planned usage. Speak with the HCCM veterinary staff if you find yourselves unable to re-order the analgesics approved on your IACUC protocol.

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Webinar on Mouse Anesthesia

January 3, 2019

OOTI and HCCM will be co-sponsoring a webinar presented by AALAS on mouse anesthesia on January 23, 2019 from 1:00-2:30pm at the Snyder Auditorium (Kresge G2). Last presented in September 2017, this webinar covers topics such as surgical plane of anesthesia, multimodal anesthesia, and injectables vs. inhalants.

All are invited to attend.  Location will be announced shortly.

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New Training Available: Controlled Substances in Research

August 2, 2018

EHS has just introduced a new online training on the use of DEA controlled substances in research. 

This course provides instructions for obtaining, securing, using, and disposing of controlled substances used in research, in accordance with the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Controlled Substances Act (21 CFR 1300) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 700).

This course is intended for Researchers, Veterinarians, Principal Investigators, Research Operations Managers, and others involved in the management and use of...

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NOW LIVE: Animal Training in the Harvard Training Portal

July 3, 2018

The IACUC has transitioned to the Harvard Training Portal for all online animal-related training. Any AALAS Learning Library completions from the past 3 years will still be accepted. 

Animal training in the HTP must be assigned by the Principal Investigator or Designee. Please see read our guides for more information about accessing and assigning training.

New Website

March 10, 2017

Welcome to the new website for the Office of the IACUC. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or are having trouble finding something.