- We present an induction seminar for new users of the animal facilities and other stakeholders that have reason to engage with LAS.
- Program content
Vision and Values
LAS organisational structure
Animal Welfare and Ethical Conduct
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
- Investigators that have attended this annual seminar in the past may find it useful to attend this year's due to the significant changes that have taken place over the past two years.
- The seminar will take place on Thursday 28 February 2013 in Stirling Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Medical School South, 2.10-3.30 p.m.
- The induction presentation can be viewed.
- Please promote this initiative throughout your research groups/discipline and ask those attending to register with Faye Gardner, x35340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org providing:
Status (PhD, Honours, RA, Fellow, etc...) Contact phone number
- Attendance is a pre-requisite for authorisation to access animal holding rooms. Depending on the specific biocontainment/exclusion area being used a further one-on-one induction will be required. This can be arranged with the Facility Coordinator, Pacita Wissell on 33846 or email email@example.com
- The Animal Ethics Training Course will be held early March 2013 AEC Link.
The principle objectives of these programmes are to provide you with the necessary information that will enable you to carry out animal experimentation in the Laboratory Animal Services managed animal facilities efficiently, productively and ethically, by having the highest regard for the policies and procedures in place to ensure animal well-being and experimental integrity and reliability.
- There are a number of policy and procedures documents available on this site that can be downloaded as reference material. You are advised to contact the facility manager before commencing work in the animal house so that we can determine your needs and explain your role in ensuring experimental integrity.
- We encourage open communication between the investigator and the specific animal care officer responsible for the care of your animals. If you have concerns over the standard of service please talk to the facility manager in the first instance, however, if you continue to be dissatisfied refer the matter to the Manager, Laboratory Animal Services.
- The Facility Manager will provide training in after-hours procedures including authorisation for access.
- The Office Manager (831 35340) will assist you in the processing of requests such as animal ordering and technical assistance.
- There is an on-line booking system for the various rooms and equipment heavily used within the MSAH. This can be accessed from the link at the bottom of our home page (Booking Calendar). The Office Manager will need to set you up with a password to access this system so contact her on 831 35340 for a five minute training session.
- Animal Ethics Training Day (early March 2013) (held annually)
All University personnel who wish to use animals for teaching, research or experimentation MUST obtain ethical approval from the University of Adelaide Animal Ethics Committee prior to any use or involvement with animals, irrespective of where they are located, where animals may be housed or used, or of the source of funding.
The training day provides new animal users the opportunity to consider all aspects of animal experimentation from a range of guest speakers that include philosophers; welfarists, biomedical researchers, veterinarians and animal carers.
- The University of Adelaide's animal ethics application process is detailed on their web site, which is linked from 'Animal Welfare' on our home page.
- Animal handling (all year)
Laboratory Animal Services will provide animal handling training and demonstrate minor procedures techniques for researchers.
- The University's Animal Welfare Officer, Dr. Denise Noonan, is part of the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) and is responsible for providing clinical veterinary services and monitoring animal welfare within the University. She promotes awareness of best practice in the care of animals and ensures standards required by the University and the Australian Code of Practice are observed and the decisions of the Animal Ethics Committee are complied with. For more information, link to her website at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/research/researchers/animalwelfare/.
Medical School Redevelopment
- During 2008, the Medical School underwent an air conditioning upgrade to the eastern end and various re-development and maintenance works.
- There are also five new air handling plants in the western end::
Two in Conventional western end
One in containment rooms on south side, replacing three RACs
One to separately control the Theatre areas
One to service the administration areas
- A new Building Management System with
60 temperature sensors (every room)
30 pressure differential sensors
Two stage alarm warning system
- Room 638 is the OGTR containment facility with proposed AQIS certification.
- The foyer/reception area also underwent a facelift.
- The Western end had extensive maintenance while the facility was empty:
New laboratory area for large animals
Biocontainment/ Bioexclusion redesign