A Comprehensive Look at the Release of the 2020 Edition of AVMA Guidelines

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released its official AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition, an update to its 2013 Edition, in January 2020. OLAW issued its Notice of Intent to Seek Public Comments on Updated AVMA Guidelines for Euthanasia on January 21st, 2020, within which it is encouraging “PHS-Assured institutions to …

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AVMA Euthanasia 2020 Guidelines

TOPAZ 2019 – Year in Review

2019 Was Kinda Nuts… The perpetually novel landscape of biomedical research is well suited to the dynamic environment of software development. The kinetic energy of both disciplines proves a challenging and rewarding space. In 2019, there were significant breakthroughs in the treatment of prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, sickle cell anemia, and even the cantankerous kindergarten …

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The Central Role of Census Data

TOPAZ Elements has numerous modules (13 at last count!) that can be used effectively in a variety of combinations. It is true to say, however, that the Census module (along with the Protocols module) represents a sort of “hub of the wheel.”  The Census module allows you to create and manage the animals that are …

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Training and Training Data

The need for training when using animals in research is ubiquitous. Almost every topic in the Guide includes the word “training.” The AALAC FAQ page mentions “training” 13 times, including under topics as diverse as respirator use, use of invertebrate animals, and enrichment practices. Those of us who have worked hands-on with animals know that …

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