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Meeting the Challenges in Oversight of Wildlife Research

By Alexandra Shlimovich, webinar and publications specialist

PRIM&R recently hosted a webinar on Meeting the Challenges in Oversight of Wildlife Research. Afterwards, the presenters, John A. Bryan, II, DVM, MS , and Robert S. Sikes, PhD, answered questions submitted by webinar attendees for us to share with Ampersand readers. 

1. Can you share strategies for handling post-approval reviews of wildlife protocols?

Robert S. Sikes (RSS): Post-approval monitoring (PAM) can be accomplished in many ways. Although travel to remote sites might not be feasible, today’s technology opens up many options not possible even a few years back. Digital recording is often easily accomplished if there are enough team members to ensure that actual procedures or animal safety are not compromised. Even a simple conversation with team members regarding procedures and any unexpected outcomes might meet the needs of the IACUC. Real-time communication can assist with unexpected events and has been used by many teams.

John A. Bryan (JAB): Indeed, there are many ways to get this done and technology is key in this day and age. We’ve had principal investigators (PIs) send in photographs, videos (some posted on YouTube), and written reports, along with telephone calls. Sending IACUC members out to observe field work is always great, and PIs are often receptive to this. Another recommendation (as shared by the USDA, APHIS, Animal Care) is to have designated individuals who may not be voting members of the IACUC, but who can observe and report back to the IACUC.

2. What are some examples of “management actions” that would be outside the scope of IACUC review?

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