ANTI-MICROBIAL RESISTANCE

Antimicrobial resistance

Researchers must not use antibiotics unless necessary. Use of anti-microbials requires AEC approval and to be prescribed by the veterinarian. The use of anti-microbials prophylactic post-surgery, if the surgery was sterile, is particularly problematic and probably unnecessary. In the case of post-surgical use of prophylactic antibiotics, the researcher must provide scientific justification to the AEC.

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EUTHANASIA: IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT UNBEARABLE PAIN, IT’S ABOUT SELF DETERMINATION, EXPERT SAYS

The reasons why people elect voluntary euthanasia compared to the decision making process for owners to have their companion animal euthanized, are different and offer an interesting insight into how we think about ourselves and our relationship with animals

“People elect euthanasia for a lot of reasons, but the most important is that they don’t want to lose their independence and autonomy,” says Professor Kathy Eagar, executive director of the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration and director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong … Read more

For [pet] owners, there are often conflicting emotions. There may be intense grief at the prospect of losing a much loved family member, but there may also be a fear of allowing their pet to suffer by going on too long. In most cases, the decision making is made easier by the thought that they are fulfilling their responsibility of relieving their pet’s suffering … Read more

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FEMALE VET COMMITS SUICIDE BY EUTHANISING HERSELF AFTER SHE COULDN’T TAKE KILLING ANYMORE

Last year in May, Chien Chih-Cheng shocked the nation as she committed suicide after the toll of euthanizing animals became too much for her … Read more:

What’s Euthanasia Like for a Vet? The More I Do, the Harder It Gets. Euthanasia can be the only way to help a dog. But it’s hard for the owner, and it’s hard for the vet … Read more:

What’s Euthanasia Like for a Vet? It Only Gets More Difficult. It’s an act that can help some suffering animals, but it’s difficult, and it has not gotten any easier … Read more:

If you are in crisis, please call the:

Suicide Prevention  Hotline Service: 2382 0000  (24 hours) or

the Samaritans Multi-Lingual Suicide  Prevention Hotline: 2896 0000 (24 hours)

 

 

 

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APCF LIST OF 2017 ACHIEVEMENTS AND PROJECTS STARTED IN 2017 AND TO BE FINISHED IN 2018

I think as the year 2017 comes to a close it is appropriate to list APCF’s 2017 achievements and projects started in 2017 and to be finished in 2018

Office

  • Centralised services in 5F new office: Timely communication between staff and external service providers

Expansion

  • 7L expansion
  • 7H renovation

Immediate expansion

  • H: Additional of 720 cages
  • J: additional of 500 cages
  • Plant room relocation to 7J using chambers

Safety

  • Use of Health hazard chemical in animal experiment (work with HSEO)
  • Guideline and protocol template
  • Internal safety audit
  • Will use a proper employee health evaluation form (with HSEO) for the proper evaluation on new/existing animal care staff and act timely

Animal care

  • Proper entry setup for 7J (renovation of former office into a proper gowning room)
  • Daily monitoring/reporting/correcting pathway: cage card and emails; improvement of RP, other health issues and overpopulation issues, correction of users breeding practices
  • 7 days animal cares
  • Use of disposable cages for mouse bringing from APCF: minimize risk of containment from laboratory, reduce load of autoclaves
  • Husbandry and monitoring part of the BRI animals
  • Adverse event report

Biosecurity

  • Risk base health monitoring program, inclusion of the mouse return room (identification of MHV and act timely)
  • Surveillance: quarantine program (screen and isolation)
  • Surveillance: postmortem inspection on sick and dead animals
  • Will use local service from City U

Animal use programs

  • Request more proper information on protocol review from (for the proper PAM in the future)
  • Inclusion of 2 SO/ and D/APCF in the animal ethic review form
  • Use of a review form with detail guides on all information required.
  • Establish special caring and husbandry for strains with inherited defects compromising animal wellbeing, e.g. early tumor development and bone fracture at young age.

Operations and training

  • Staff training: ALATG, conference, meeting, close communication with other HK laboratory animal Newsletters, web resources (website),
  • General: guideline and legislation, animal welfare … on website
  • About 40 x SOP established and approved by D/APCF, SOP training
  • Use of Scrubs and the proper PPE on a risk base consideration.

Pricing

  • Cage fee adjustment

Information Management

  • Use of a animal management programme for managing all information

 

 

 

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