Got Rodents/Need Rodents?

Then check out DCM’s Shared Rodent Service! This no-cost program is a fantastic way to share resources and help minimize the number of animals we use in research. The website features simple discussion boards where investigators can post on “Rodents Available” and “Rodents Wanted.” If you do get animals from another lab, don’t forget to [...]

UW DCM Centralization Initiative

The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) within the School of Medicine has initiated a staged process that will eventually result in the DCM assuming day-to-day operation of most laboratory-managed animal housing facilities within the UW, ultimately bringing these sites under central control. A DCM Centralization Task Force has been formed to work one-on-one with decentralized [...]

New Principal Investigator?

If you are a new Principal Investigator (PI) who will be using animals in teaching, research, or testing at the University of Washington, please read through the New PI Information and FAQs page.

The Times They Are A Changin’….

The IACUC recently updated its policies on rodent and finfish euthanasia to reflect changes in the 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. Check out the new policy for rodent euthanasia here and information on finfish euthanasia can be found here.

Size Matters: New Tailing Policy

The IACUC approved a new rodent genotyping policy at the July 2013 meeting. In short, the new tailing guideline allows up to 3 mm of tissue to be removed in mice ≤ 28 days of age without anesthesia or analgesia. Any deviations require strong scientific justification and a separate approval from the IACUC. Check out [...]

Save The Date: IBC deadlines/BUA Applications

If your study involves biohazards, used in vivo or in vitro, then it must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) through the submission of a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application or a Request for Change to a BUA. This is ensures that biohazardous materials are handled properly from receipt, through use [...]

F/AIR Canisters Got You Down?

Once your F/AIR canister increases in weight by 50g, it should be disposed of through EH&S chemical waste (rather than your regular lab trash). For EH&S pick up, just submit a Chemical Waste Collection Request online. They also accept requests by fax (206-685-2915) or email (chmwaste@uw.edu).

Go With The Flow: New requirements for flow meters on CO2 tanks

With the new 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia, a flow meter is now required for all CO2 tanks used for euthanasia. A flow meter measures the rate of gas passing through the nozzle (volume per unit of time). In combination with the regulator, which tells you the psi left in your tank, [...]

Welcome Dr. Thompson-Iritani!

The OAW is pleased to introduce Dr. Sally Thompson-Iritani, the new Director of the Office of Animal Welfare. Please stop by and introduce yourself next time you are in the neighborhood.