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Attention veterinarians, lab technicians, animal technicians, and all who work with laboratory animals: The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) now is accepting proposals for the 2017 Science-based Refinement Awards.
Deadline is November 18, 2016.
April 25, 2016
The Alternatives Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) will award up to $40,000 to individual projects with the potential to significantly replace or reduce laboratory animals in research. This year, preference will be given to projects that use pathway-based approaches as exemplified by the 2007 National Academy of Sciences report, Toxicity Testing in the Twenty-first Century: A Vision and a Strategy. Applications must be received by Monday, May 2.
Guidelines and application form available here.
April 18, 2016
Ten practical realities for institutional animal care and use committees when evaluating protocols dealing with fish in the field.
This paper by Cooke et al. (2016) in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries (26(1):123-133) highlights issues where there is a need for greater collaboration between IACUC members (including veterinary professionals) and field researchers which would provide more reasoned, rational and useful guidance to improve or maintain the welfare status of fishes used in field research while enabling researchers to pursue fundamental and applied questions related to the biology of fish in the field.
April 4, 2016
Guidelines to minimize disturbance of colonial-breeding waterbirds during research activities
The latest edition of Picoides, the newsletter for the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, provides guidance to minimize disturbance of colonial-breeding waterbirds during research activities (pg 10-12). Seabirds and waterbirds are particularly vulnerable to the effects of human disturbance. These guidelines are designed to increase awareness of the sensitivities of Canada’s seabird and waterbird colonies to disturbance, provide information on the applicable legal protection, and provide guidance on appropriate behaviour to follow when near breeding colonies of seabirds and waterbirds in order to avoid and minimize disturbance.
See also the section on birds in the Three Rs Microsite.