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
Did You Know?
March 3, 2014, marked the launch of ARROW-IACUC, the web-based system through which principal investigators (PIs) will submit animal care and use protocols for review and approval by the UW–Madison Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs). ARROW—Application Review for Research Oversight at Wisconsin—has been in use for human-subjects research for some time. ARROW-IACUC is similar in function, so PIs who have IRB studies should experience a smooth transition to the online system.
ARROW-IACUC will be rolled out in phases by school and college throughout calendar year 2014. PIs and others will receive detailed instructions and user training in advance of the rollout for their respective committees. Until such specific instructions are received, PIs should continue to submit new, renewal, and amended animal protocols via email attachments or hardcopy to the RARC IACUC office.
However, PIs who house animals in more than one school's facilities should submit protocols in ARROW based on the rollout date for the school where housing is located. For more information, click About ARROW on the left.
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Understanding the Role of Animals in Biomedical Research
An 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.