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Animal Welfare Act compliance in wildlife biology

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In the United States and in Canada (and other countries as well), biologists cannot conduct research on live vertebrates without obtaining approval of their research protocol from their institution's Animal Care and Use Committee.


But who are these people? Who gave them this authority? What are the standards by which they are assessing your research protocols?


What do you need to know to make the process go smoothly?


These questions and more will be answered at a conference organized by the Ornithological Council and the American Society of Mammalogists on Animal Welfare Act Compliance in Wildlife Biology. The conference will be held 26-28 October in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More details about the conference and the registration website can be found here:




We hope to have a good turn out of ornithologists, as this will be a great opportunity to not only learn more about the system but also to interact with the "powers that be" in the federal research and grant-making agencies that actually do make these rules! We will have representatives from the Animal Care program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the USDA (you know - the people who are actually writing the new regulations for birds), the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science (the people who write "THE GUIDE" - aka the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, otherwise known as THE BIBLE to your IACUC members), the American Veterinary Medical Association (which publishes the euthanasia guidelines), along with representatives of AAALAC International, the private accrediting organization that assesses the animal care programs at research institutions.


Please contact Ellen Paul for further information.


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