The last few years have seen a growing call across the research enterprise to increase transparency around animal research—why we do it, why it’s important, and what it has accomplished. I also wonder whether there is another layer of transparency we ought to be promoting—namely, transparency about the ethical dimensions of animal research and its oversight. Specifically, how might being more open about the ethical issues and questions that are part of the day-to-day work of those involved in animal research serve our collective goals of educating and engaging the public; increasing their understanding, trust, and support for the animal research enterprise; and reframing the public conversation? Read more
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During the morning of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) Regional Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference, I attended an intriguing session on the topic of compassion fatigue. Having worked in private veterinary practice and being a family caregiver for a number of years, I felt quite familiar with this topic. After joining the field of animal research, I became reacquainted with it from a new perspective. As a vet tech/training coordinator, and later as a facility supervisor, it was often a subject of discussion with research students and the animal care teams. Read more
By Shannon Reynolds, BA, CPIA, RLAT
Shannon Reynolds, regulatory compliance specialist at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, recently shared her experience at the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) 2015 IACUC Conference on NWABR’s official blog, "Thank Research!". We are pleased to share her thoughts and observations about a recent OLAW Notice Number NOT-OD-14-126, which was a topic of discussion at the conference.
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) oversees the care and [...] Read more