Laboratory personnel must complete orientation prior to commencement of animal work. Topics discussed in orientation include: an overview of the ACU and KU Animal Care and Use Program, animal care regulations and guidelines, initiating animal based research and teaching, and ACU procedures. ACU orientation is now available online through the AALAS Learning Library. To access the Learning Library, contact IACUC personnel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4-8841. A 7 question quiz must be completed at the conclusion of the module to certify completion and information mastery.
Animal Care Program Town Hall Meeting (pdf)
On May 27th and May 29th 2014, representatives from the ACU and IACUC conducted a joint Town Hall Meeting to discuss the upcoming AAALAC site visit, the new Post Approval Monitoring Program, and recent policy and procedure updates.
Aseptic Cage Technique Instructional Video
The ACU has also introduced a new technique for rodent cage manipulations. The new technique called “microisolator technique” or “aseptic cage technique” is intended to further reduce the likelihood of cage to cage disease transmission. Aseptic cage technique involves use a broad spectrum chlorine dioxide disinfectant, MB-10, to decontaminate surfaces, including hands, between cage manipulations. The guiding principal of the technique is “what’s inside the cage stays inside the cage, and what’s outside the cage stays outside the cage”. ACU husbandry personnel have already begun using the technique. Research personnel are also expected to use aseptic cage technique for any cage manipulations. Click here to view a step-by-step video explaining the procedure.