FEB 05, 2014 08:00 AM PST

The 8th Edition of the Guide: An Environmental Impact

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  • Senior Director, AAALAC International, USA
      John Bradfield is Senior Director, Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC-International). He is a veterinarian and a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr Bradfield also has PhD in experimental pathology with scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing, vascular and platelet biology. Dr. Bradfield has had many years' experience with the accreditation process as an ad hoc consultant and ten years' service as a Council member of AAALAC International and as Council President. He has served as Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Attending Veterinarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also as the Chair Department of Comparative Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He has extensive experience in academic laboratory animal medicine, managing animal programs and working with animal care and use committees. Prior to his career in laboratory animal medicine, Dr Bradfield was a large animal practitioner. In his current role at AAALAC International, he is responsible for education and outreach activities. 


    The 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide NRC, 2011) has been in use since 2011. What changes has it brought? What are the impacts of those changes? The genesis of this important document will be briefly reviewed to reflect the path to the current standards of research animal care and use. An analysis of the scope of use of the Guide will be explored with a specific examination of its effect on scientists, institutional animal care and use committees, animal care personnel, and animals. The key features of each chapter will be highlighted and information will be provided regarding some of the common challenges faced by animal care and use programs as these standards are implemented. Discussion will explore widespread global perspectives and detail several technical, operational and fundamental aspects of current animal program management.

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