The Research Animal Resources Center (RARC) provides veterinary, laboratory, and training services in support of quality animal care; oversight and assistance to assure compliance with all laws, regulations, and rules governing the care and use of laboratory animals; and direct or collaborative research and/or consultation on animal models for biomedical research.
photos: Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin–Madison
** Updates **
-- Substance Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigators have recently been visiting the UW-Madison campus and have cited at least one principal investigator for noncompliance with DEA regulations regarding controlled substances storage, documentation, and disposal. To help other PIs avoid similar citations, RARC updated controlled substances guidance for DEA registrants.
In addition, as of October 2014, DEA regulations for proper destruction of expired or waste controlled substances have changed. Read the updated expired substances guide.
-- New Rodent Surgical Form
RARC designed a new customizable form that enables mouse and rat users to record surgical and anesthetic details, as well as post-operative monitoring notes, all in one place. Download the form.
SMPH: Rollout is scheduled for the end of February
PIs should continue to submit as usual until they receive an email with detailed instructions about how and when to start using ARROW.
CALS, Grad, L&S, and SVM protocols: New and renewals must be entered online in the ARROW system. Amendments can be submitted as usual unless the amendment is for a protocol already in ARROW. ARROW login.
PIs & protocol writers: Your animal user certification must be current to enter a protocol in ARROW. If you need to recertify, complete Animal User Orientation. Lab staff cannot be added to a protocol if their certification is not current.
Understanding the Role of Animals in Biomedical ResearchAn RARC outreach course for middle and high school students
Area instructors, particularly those teaching biology, veterinary science, or agriculture classes, are invited to schedule a visit to participate in this free outreach course presented by RARC trainers.
Topics covered include the benefits of biomedical research, the ethics of using animals in research, the training required for employees working with research animals and career opportunities in the laboratory animal field. Students will also participate in an interactive hands-on lab, which can be tailored to fit specific course curriculums.
For more information on biomedical research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visit Animals in Research and Teaching at UW-Madison.