LABORATORY ANIMAL IN A SMALL ANIMAL CLINIC

LABORATORY ANIMAL IN A SMALL ANIMAL CLINIC SETTING: THE CHALLENGES OF NEW AND UPDATED PRACTICE

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Rodel Jonathan S. Vitor II

Biology Department, College of Science, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

College of Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Sciences, De La Salle Araneta University, Malabon, Philippines

Correspondence: rodeljonathan.vitor@gmail.com

Small animal practitioners have been constantly receiving calls and requests from schools and universities to perform services pertaining to handling, collection of samples and euthanasia of laboratory animals. Not discounting the fact that a small animal practitioner can handle these cases, there are new and updated laws and procedures regarding the use of laboratory animal for research, which must be followed. Since approximately 85 to 95% of these laboratory animal services being performed are for research, the veterinarian should be able to assess the ethical considerations of performing the services to be rendered within the clinic. Aside from the ethical considerations, there are certain procedures that are no longer performed or have been deemed obsolete in the field of laboratory animal science and medicine. With the passing into Law of the Amended Welfare Act (RA 8485/RA 10631), these techniques and procedures should be reviewed and taken into consideration before consenting to performing the requested services. With the challenges presented, there should be a constant enhancement of the knowledge and skills of the small animal practitioner on the handling and procedures on laboratory animals, as this will ensure that only the humane practices will be observed and performed.

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