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Archived 9/1/2015-

Reproducibility of Animal Models

Sponsored by the Office of Research Compliance


The presentation will focus on problems with reproducibility of published scientific data. This issue came to the forefront with the publication of an article in the journal Nature by Story Landis and her colleagues at the NINDS suggesting that poor animal studies contributed to failed clinical trials. This issue has emerged as not only problematic for moving clinical trials and science forward, but as a problem that can, and should, be resolved by scientists. Discussion will focus on the problems that ensue from poor reproducibility, possible causes of poor reproducibility, and an important role for veterinarians in the resolution of this problem.

The 1.5-hour time frame will allow for plenty of time to submit your questions, thus giving you a more personalized training experience.


Gaylen L. Edwards, DVM, PhD is Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Georgia. He has served as the Chair of the University of Georgia IACUC for over 15 years. He is a member of the AAALAC Council and currently chairs the Animal Care and Experimentation Committee for the American Physiological Society. Dr. Edwards serves on Science Policy Committees for both the American Physiological Society and FASEB.

Susan Sanchez, BSc, MSc, PhD, FSB serves as the section head of Microbiology and Molecular Biology in the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Sanchez is Director of the Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program, a summer research program for veterinary students funded by Merial, NIH, and the Veterinary Medical Experimental Station. Furthermore, Dr. Sanchez is the Chair of the college's Clinical Microbiology Residency Program. Her interests in One Health have recently earned her the position of Chair of One Health and Assistant Director at the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute.


Research veterinarians and other scientists who direct or conduct studies with laboratory animals; IACUC members who review preclinical studies.



Archived 6/9/2015-

Webinar: Regulatory Considerations for Using Pharmaceutical Products in Research Involving Laboratory Animals

Presented by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Sponsored by the Office of Research Compliance


- What constitutes legal use of available products and what is not legal
- How to identify the status of a particular product
- The process of gaining legal status for needed pharmaceuticals
- Where to go with questions

Dr. Bailey will discussion of the legal options for use of drugs in laboratory research animals. These include new animal drug approval, conditional approval, investigational use, and indexing.  

Dr. Bataller will discuss the regulatory status of drugs, including the extralabel use of approved drugs, compounding from bulk drugs, and other illegal manufacturing.


Dorothy Bailey, DVM
Program Head, Index of Legally Marketed Unapproved New Animal Drugs for Minor Species,
Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Neal Bataller, ME, DMV
Director, Division of Surveillance
Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA



Archived 2/14/15 -

Webinar: Security for the Laboratory Animal Facility


Feb 19, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm,

North End Center - Room 2470

Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Office of Research Compliance

Presented by: John Sancenito, President - Information Network Associates (INA)

In this webinar, John Sancenito will present practical tips for increasing laboratory animal facility security.  Attendees will receive information to help them begin to identify potential risks, prioritize security measures and upgrades, and identify training opportunities to increase awareness of potential threats.

Themes will include physical security measures and important policies and procedures that can assist in creating a security culture within your organization. Physical security topics will include perimeter security, building architecture, lighting, access control, and video cameras. Policies and procedures will include visitor procedures, data protection, IT practices, pre-employment screening, disaster planning, and business continuity planning. Security culture involves the education of employees and instilling a sense that security is everyone’s responsibility.

Security awareness is something laboratory animal science employees must work into their daily lives. It is important to be constantly aware of our surroundings, not to take unnecessary risks, and plan for what we hope will never occur.

If you plan to attend or have any questions please contact Andrew Trent at

Thank you,

Va. Tech Office of Research Compliance



Archived 2/13/15 - IACUC Online Submission System: Link to site

The IACUC has launched a new online submission site for protocols and amendments as of January 6, 2014. Please use the new protocol forms available link to forms. Once the forms are completed please use IACUC protocol management (link to site above) to submit. Please note some of the information previously requested on the protocol form will be obtained during the online submission and therefor will be absent from the new protocol form.  Amendment forms (personnel only, PI change and regular) are now online through IACUC protocol management. 



Archived 2/13/15 - IACUC Training Documentation Requirement

The IACUC now requires written documentation of training of any individuals on IACUC approved protocols that require training. Please be sure to have this documentation easily accessible for review by the IACUC or designee as requested. Maintenance of the documentation will ensure compliance. This requirement is in effect as of 12/18/2013.

Two sample training documentation templates that also include the recommendation that all personnel associated with the protocol should review the protocol are available below. One template combines both the training and protocol review and the second template separates training and protocol review. If you have your own documentation method please continue to use but be sure it contains the following information: Name of person being trained, person training, procedures being trained, date and if the individual has been released to perform procedure unsupervised as they are now considered proficient or if additional training is required. 

Template One   Template Two

If you have any questions concerning the required documentation please contact or the IACUC Administrator, Stephanie Trout, at 231-2166.