Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences, and Biotechnology-related Studies:
This policy applies to and is a requirement of all biomedical sciences, neurosciences, and biotechnology-related studies which utilize the University of Hawaii Laboratory Animal Service (LAS) facilities and resources.
• The veterinary consultation will cover but shall not be limited to discussion associated with study experimental design, the use of animal subjects, project personnel, study personnel training requirements, use of anesthesia, euthanasia methods, surgical procedures, housing needs, quarantine requirements, requirements for special housing and/or equipment, duration of the study, and cost of housing (per diem) and care of the animal subjects during the study.
• The proposed use of biohazardous agents and/or hazardous materials in any study must be disclosed during the consultation period. It is important that these matters have been discussed in their entirety with the UH Veterinarian’s Office and EHSO prior to IACUC review and approval of the proposed research or teaching activity.
LAS website www.hawaii.edu/LAS and the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) website www.hawaii.edu/EHSO and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) link should be reviewed by applicants prior to and during the writing of grant applications and/or vertebrate animal use protocol applications.
Investigators proposing studies which are not considered biomedical sciences, neurosciences, and biotechnology-related are also recommended to contact the UH Veterinarian’s office for consultation. It is likely that some of discussion items associated with biomedical sciences, neurosciences, and biotechnology-related studies will not apply; however, consultation with the University Veterinarian’s office is highly recommended.