Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0462

Scope and Contents

The Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine Records include correspondence, policies, protocols for animal use and care, reports related to the oversight of the care of vertebrate animals used in university research laboratories and facilities inspections; professional activities, topical bibliographies, and other curricular material. Journal articles and newspaper clippings accompany some of the correspondence. Correspondence includes letters to and from Nevada politicians and citizens concerned about animal rights and humane treatment of laboratory animals.

Organizations and committees involved in reporting include the Hanta Virus Risk Reduction Task Force, the National Institutes of Health, the NASA Ad Hoc Committee to Review Agency Animals Care and Use Policies and Procedures, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Also included are items pertaining to the duties of the University of Nevada System Health and Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (HEPAC) and its successor, the University and Community College System of Nevada's Safety, Health, and Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (SHEPAC). There is also a revision to the State of Nevada Emergency Plan.

Dates

  • 1988-1997

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

The Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine has responsibility for ensuring full university compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to the care of vertebrate animals used in research at the University of Nevada, Reno, university sponsored programs, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.

The University of Nevada System's Radiological and Toxicological Safety Board was abolished in 1990, and the Health and Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (HEPAC) was established as its replacement to be a source of advice to senior University administrators on health and environmental protection issues. Dr. Richard C. Simmonds of Laboratory Animal Medicine served as its first Chairman. Its organizational meeting was held on February 15, 1991. A vote was taken to change the name of the committee to: Safety, Health, and Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (SHEPAC), with the suggestion in August 1991 that the group "... retroactively change the minutes of our first meeting to reflect the name change."

The University of Nevada System's Safety, Health, and Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (SHEPAC) added "Safety" to its name in mid-1991, continuing the work of the Health and Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (HEPAC), which was formed in 1990. SHEPAC's purpose was to provide a source of expertise and advice about safety, health and environmental protection issues for UNS administrators, faculty, staff and students, with the goal of recommending policies and procedures to the Chancellor for implementation. Such policies and procedures were to provide a safe and healthy working environment for university employees, assure the public that University facilities and problems do not endanger their health or the environment, and to assure that the UNS was in full compliance with all legal requirements pertaining to safety, health, and environmental protection. Dr. Richard C. Simmonds, of Laboratory Animal Medicine, served as its first Chairman.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine has responsibility for ensuring full university compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to the care of vertebrate animals used in research at the University of Nevada, Reno, university sponsored programs, and the Nevada System of Higher Education. The collection includes correspondence, policies, protocols for animal use and care, reports related to the oversight of the care of vertebrate animals used in university research laboratories and facilities inspections; professional activities, topical bibliographies, and other curricular material. Journal articles and newspaper clippings accompany some of the correspondence.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Reports; 3) Committees; 4) Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine in August 2006.

Related Materials

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Records: AC 0579
Title
Guide to the Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine Records
Status
Completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
Approximately 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)