University of michigan
Progress Report
February 26, 2016

The entire animal research community at the University of Michigan is invited to attend an upcoming informational event that will offer the opportunity to hear the latest developments regarding AAALAC accreditation (see below), and to discuss the plan moving forward to support long-term, sustained excellence in animal care and use at the U-M.

The Path to Sustained Excellence
2:00pm-4:00pm
Monday, March 14
Kahn Auditorium, BSRB
CLICK HERE to RSVP

After opening remarks from President Mark Schlissel, Vice President for Research Jack Hu and the Animal Care and Use leadership team will outline the key changes ahead, including:
  • Strengthening the IACUC and its role in overseeing animal care and use
  • Consolidating the oversight of animal husbandry care and facilities under ULAM
  • Developing a comprehensive education and training program to ensure that faculty, staff, and students at all levels make use of the best practices in their work
  • Strengthening the partnership with U-M's Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and appointing dedicated staff with occupational safety expertise to support the IACUC in protocol review and inspections
There is a great deal of work to be done, and everyone has a role to play in achieving our goals. For your convenience, attendance at this important campus-wide event can be either in person at Kahn Auditorium, or via BlueJeans webcast. Please note that a valid U-M ID will be required to attend, either in person or via webcast.

CLICK HERE to learn how to log in remotely to the live webcast.

Latest Animal Care & Use Program activities...

The AAALAC Council on Accreditation has granted the U-M probationary accreditation for a two-month period based on the robustness of our appeal to them in late January. By April 11 leadership will provide them with a progress report on the implementation of long-term plans, including metrics to monitor and ensure protocol and policy compliance, and the Council will then determine our status moving forward. It is important to note that throughout the discussions with AAALAC, U-M has remained an accredited institution. Any questions regarding AAALAC or our accreditation status should be directed to the Animal Care and Use Office at acuoffice@umich.edu. 

Earlier this month, ULAM staff and PIs working with fish toured Dr. Daniel Goldman's housing area, and met for the first of what will be quarterly meetings. Covering topics such as regulations, inspection processes, and best practices, these regular meetings will enhance collaboration in this specialized area of research.  Questions about how to collaborate with fish researchers? Contact Valerie Hill at valhill@umich.edu.

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance educational resources, the ULAM Training Core has recently hired three new Training Specialists. Join us in welcoming Kaile Bennett, LaJuanda Carter, and Kimberly Walacavage.


In the past several weeks, ULAM veterinary team members hosted meetings at 12 different locations across campus to offer more details and answer questions about recent changes in requirements for aseptic surgical practices, surgical record retention, and analgesic requirements for animals undergoing recovery surgical procedures. If you were not able to attend one of these meetings, please contact ulam-questions@umich.edu.

For more information about the Animal Care & Use Program at the University of Michigan,  CLICK HERE.
Our mission in the Animal Care & Use Office is to support the Institutional Care & Use of Animals Committee, fostering sustained excellence in animal care and use in scientific research and education, and promoting the philosophy that the highest animal welfare standards are necessary for impactful science.