Recent Articles

July 17, 2015 3:47 pm
Kevin Lorcheim
The use of ultraviolet light (UV) for germicidal irradiation is not a new idea. UV has been used for disinfection since the mid-20th century, with beginnings even earlier when sunlight was investigated for bactericidal effects in the mid-19th century. Within research facilities, UV has been an option when purchasing Biological Safety Cabinets for years, and can also be used within ductwork.
July 17, 2015 3:56 pm
Stacy Pritt, DVM, MBA, MS, CPIA
You may not realize it, but your institution’s institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) evaluates risk all of the time. What is this risk? People use the term risk, especially as it applies to organizations, in many different ways. For most businesses, risk relates to the financial gains or losses that are expected consequences from a certain action or event.
July 17, 2015 2:21 pm
Amy F. Kilpatrick, RLATg, CVT CPIA, Misty J. Williams-Fritze, DVM, MS, DACLAM, and Alison Hayward, DVM
According to the Guide and Animal Welfare Act Regulations, a diet must be provided that is palatable, uncontaminated, and meets the nutritional needs of the research animals.Modifying diets involves meeting the requirements of the study as well as the needs of the animal. Swine are a common animal model used in gastrointestinal research due to their anatomical and physiological similarities to humans.
July 9, 2015 3:46 pm
Gabriela Fuentes-Creollo and Nina Hahn
There are many reports relating to frequency of bedding change, however, there is no published information supporting the biological rationale for weekly cleaning of the solid cage itself. Decreasing the frequency of cage-washing could have considerable impact on labor, energy, and water-use efficiency in a rodent facility.
July 9, 2015 5:00 pm
Carey Nichols, RLATg and Danielle Stephens, RLATg
Northwestern University, like many other institutions, has quarantine processes in place to protect our established rodent colonies and ensure the health of incoming animals. So what makes Northwestern’s quarantine health monitoring program unique? We have modified our program over several years’ time to meet the needs of unconditioned, wild-caught rodents, specifically Ictidomys tridecemlineatus, the thirteen-lined ground squirrel.
July 9, 2015 11:48 am
Covert abuse is hard to deal with. When someone hits you or yells at you, you know you're being abused. But covert abuse is subtle and veiled or disguised by actions that appear to be normal; at times, even kind and caring. The passive-aggressive employee is a master of covert abuse.
July 6, 2015 8:17 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Diana Medina, LVT, RLATg, Supervisor of the Center for Comparative Physiology at North Short LIJ Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. She recently presented at Tri-Branch on blood collection methodology.
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