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Open Access Considerations When Writing and Reviewing a Higher Education Teaching Protocol Involving Animals

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The targeted use of animals in teaching at institutions of higher learning is fundamental to educating the next generation of professionals in the biologic and animal sciences. As with animal research, universities and colleges that use animals in teaching are subject to regulatory oversight. Instructors must receive approval from their IACUC before using animals in their teaching. However, the questions asked on many institutions' animal care and use protocol (ACUP) are often geared more toward the use of animals for research. These questions may not be wholly appropriate in evaluating a teaching protocol; some questions are not applicable (for example, power analysis to justify animal numbers) whereas other important questions may be missing. This article discusses the issues surrounding the rationale for animal use in teaching; it also proposes a framework that instructors and IACUC members alike can use when writing and reviewing teaching ACUP. We hope this framework will help to ensure the most appropriate IACUC review of the ethical use of animals in higher education.

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Affiliations: 1: Departments of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas;, Email: [email protected] 2: Departments of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 3: Departments of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 4: Laboratory Animal Program, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 5: Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Publication date: September 1, 2017

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