FEB 04, 2015 09:00 AM PST

Keynote: Applying Principles of Biosafety in Laboratory Animal Facilities

  • Comparative Medicine Veterinarian, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
      James R. Swearengen, D.V.M., DACLAM, DACVPM is the Comparative Medicine Veterinarian for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, and a former Senior Director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC International). Dr. Swearengen received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1982 and completed a four-year residency in laboratory animal medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC in 1994. He is a former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland, and served as the laboratory animal medicine consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2005. Dr. Swearengen is board certified in both veterinary preventive medicine and laboratory animal medicine. He is the current Vice-President of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation, Past-President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and serves on the United States Animal Health Association Board of Directors. Dr. Swearengen has over 20 years of experience working in the area of infectious disease research, including development of research animal models and providing veterinary care and research support to animals at biosafety levels-3/4.


    Some commonly accepted principles of biosafety include the strict adherence to standard laboratory practices and techniques, the use of safety equipment such as primary barriers and personal protective equipment, and the effective design and construction of the facility. The implementation of these principles requires considerable forethought, and sometimes a good imagination. This presentation will include a discussion of several aspects of these principles, including specific examples of how they can be applied in a laboratory animal facility in an effort to improve the safety of personnel and the well-being of the research animals. Learning Objective 1: Understand the three principles of biosafety reviewed in the presentation. Learning Objective 2: Learn specific examples of applied biosafety that can be used in any laboratory animal facility.

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