University of Hawai‘i
The following are some of the veterinary services available to assist you with your protocol activities. For more information click on the sections below:
Requesting Veterinary Care for Your Protocol
UH Veterinarian from ORC AVS Will Be Providing Care
Please complete and submit Policy 15 Form and send via email to email@example.com. This will serve as a draft of the protocol attached to application for veterinary review. After review, additions or changes to the experimental methods and procedures may be required. The ORC veterinarian will email a confirmation to the PI. Section Veterinary Care on the IACUC Vertebrate Animal Use Protocol Form is used to document that the ORC AVS veterinarian and the PI have conferred and the ORC AVS veterinarian has consented to provide care.
Department or College Veterinarian Affiliated With the University System Will Be Providing Care
Please attach a letter to the protocol from the Department or College Veterinarian documenting that the Veterinarian has agreed to serve on the protocol. The University Attending Veterinarian will contact both the PI and the Veterinarian notifying each of the Veterinary Care expectations. See System-wide Memo for details.
Local or Contract Veterinarian Not Affiliated With the University System Will Be Providing Care
Please attach a signed Consultant Veterinarian Letter to the protocol from the local or contract veterinarian documenting that the veterinarian has agreed to serve on protocol. The University Attending Veterinarian will contact both the PI and the Veterinarian notifying each of the Veterinary Care expectations. See System-wide Memo for details.
Veterinary Care is Not Required or is Inaccessible
In rare cases, it may not be possible to have the services of a veterinarian; however, the Principal Investigator (PI) must provide a strong justification and receive IACUC approval for this deviation from the Federal requirements.
Documentation of Proficiency for Hands-on Training Using Animals for Biomedical Research and Teaching
Biomedical Investigators and staff are not allowed to work independently until demonstrating proficiency in the above techniques to the AVS veterinarians or designees. A training course covering CO2 euthanasia is given at the time of their orientation. If anesthesia and/or analgesia, aseptic surgery technique, physical methods of euthanasia, oral gavage, injections, or blood collection are part of the protocol, the research staff will train with AVS staff or the Principal Investigator until ready to demonstrate proficiency. Documentation of training from workshops or prior research facilities may serve in lieu of demonstration and copies should be forwarded to the AVS veterinary staff. Failure to comply with the policy disallows untrained personnel from participating and engaging in an approved IACUC protocol. If untrained personnel are observed and/or reported to have participated or engaged in animal activities covered by an approved protocol, the approval to the conduct the activity may be revoked, the work suspended, and a formal investigation into the matter initiated by the IACUC. Principal Investigators and/or lab managers must ensure that their staff have documentation of demonstrating proficiencies. During annual review of a protocol, the Principal Investigator must document any relevant hands-on protocol specific training that each person has completed during the year. For more details see (Link to IACUC Policy on Documentation of Training in Biomedical Research Techniques)
All personnel involved with animal activities on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i must be adequately trained and qualified to do so. Please see the following for more details (Link to Policy 13 Requirements for Personnel Training).
The AVS veterinary staff will provide guidance to investigators and all personnel involved with the care and use of animals to ensure appropriate husbandry, survival surgery, perioperative care of animals, handling/restraint, medical treatment, immobilization, sedation, analgesia, anesthesia, and euthanasia. It is very important to seek veterinary guidance for writing protocols that involve more than momentary pain or distress (category D&E). Hands-on training and workshops are available through AVS.
Protocol Specific Zoonoses Training
All personnel listed on an approved IACUC protocol or involved in an IACUC exempt activity that involves exposure to potential zoonoses (diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans) will be required to complete protocol specific zoonoses training before working independently or prior to the annual review of the protocol, whichever comes first. The University Veterinarian or designee will provide training materials to the Principal Investigator to share with personnel listed on his/her protocol. The PI will be responsible to provide names of personnel and dates to the UV of those who have completed the zoonoses training. The AVS veterinarians are available to assist PIs in writing a zoonotic exposure plan as part of the project’s overall occupational and health and safety plan.
Custom Veterinary Services
The veterinary staff can provide fee for service protocol assistance for the following:
- Research support protocol-specific animal procedures
- Quarantine animal testing for inter-institutional animal imports
- Necropsy, parasitology (tissue collection for diagnostics, histopathology)
- Venipuncture and injections
- Minor surgical procedures
- Tissue collection for genotyping
- Animal identification (ear tagging/notching)
- Animal Euthanasia requests