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Category E: Perspectives on Unalleviated Pain and Distress (Webinar Recording)

Category E: Perspectives on Unalleviated Pain and Distress (Webinar Recording)

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Regulatory guidance for laboratory animal use calls for "the avoidance or minimization of discomfort, distress, and pain when consistent with sound scientific practices." As enacted in the Animal Welfare Act regulations, IACUCs may approve protocols in which pain-relieving medicines may be withheld for the sake of sound scientific practice; animals in such situations are reported annually to the USDA in "Column E," and many institutions use the USDA's C-D-E system for their other species as well. This webinar will review the USDA's guidance for reviewing, approving, and reporting "Category E" studies. We will evaluate how untreated pain and distress might also affect data. We will discuss how IACUCs can evaluate the ethical justification for approving a Category E study, especially when it is not certain how pain and pain medications may affect research outcomes.

To view the recording: Once you purchase the product, you will be provided a link to download the instructions and access the recording. To view this link, log in on the AALAS website, select "My Profile" at the top of the page. You will see a menu on the left side of the page. Select "Digital Content Access" There will be three files - the instructions to access the recording, the handout, and a CEU certificate to keep as a record of your viewing for AALAS CEUs.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Know the differences among the USDA's C, D, and E "pain categories".
  • Understand how scientists' transparency in reporting details of their animal use influence the quality of literature searches for alternatives.
  • Relate the strengths and limitations of the USDA categories to decisions on whether to use these categories for non-USDA-regulated species.

Audience: Veterinarians, researchers, IACUC members, and compliance staff.

AALAS CEUs: You can apply for up to 1.5 CEUs for the Technician Certification Registry or CMAR recertification. Please use the forms on the AALAS website or online CEU submission.


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Speaker: Larry Carbone, DVM, MA, PhD, DACLAM, DACAW

Dr. Carbone completed his DVM at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine and received his master's and PhD in science and technology studies from Cornell University. He is a diplomate in the American College of Animal Medicine and the...

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