Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region USDA/APHIS/AC
2150 Center Ave. Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Please contact Dr. Robert Gibbens to demand a major fine against Creighton University for the negligence which took the life of one pig, denied veterinary care to another, and allowed the performance of multiple unapproved procedures on animals. Their utter disregard for the animals and the Animal Welfare Act CANNOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Group alleges Creighton failed to
report animal research incidents to USDA
By David Hendee,Omaha.com, April 4, 2016
Creighton University disputes a research-animal group’s contention that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should fine the school for alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
The organization — SAEN, for Stop Animal Exploitation Now — filed a complaint Monday with USDA alleging research misconduct involving Yucatan microswine. The organization alleges that Creighton failed to report research-animal incidents to USDA.
Creighton officials said the university filed all required reports arising out of the incident, including a report to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.
The institute has already responded, stating that it is satisfied that Creighton has taken all necessary and appropriate corrective action, said Adam Klinker, a CU spokesman. None of Creighton’s NIH funding is in jeopardy, he said.
Creighton primarily uses microswine in cardiovascular research.
In one instance last July, a veterinary technician completed a medical record before performing a treatment that included cleaning a Yucatan microswine with an antiseptic microbicide. The bottle of solution could not be found and was not used. Creighton reported the procedural lapse to the NIH.
The technician continued to provide inadequate care to microswine, campus officials reported. Creighton’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee barred the technician from working with animals at the university a few months later. She no longer is employed at Creighton.
In an incident last October, unauthorized blood draws and a chest incision were performed on a swine scheduled to be euthanized because it had a broken leg.
Michael Budkie, executive director of Ohio-based SAEN, said Creighton’s reports on the episodes to the NIH indicate “inadequate veterinary care, improper supervision and performance of research protocols, potential improper animal handling, etc.’’
Budkie said the projects connected to the “research misconduct’’ are tied to grants that provide about $2.9 million in federal funding, 41 percent of Creighton’s annual total from the NIH. Budkie’s complaint to USDA called for the maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction, per animal.
Budkie’s organization regularly accuses research universities across the nation of negligence or misconduct. SAEN bills itself as an organization “exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation.’’
Creighton is guided by federal regulations and ethical principles intended to ensure the humane care and use of animals in research at its accredited facility. involving vertebrate animals conducted or authorized under the jurisdiction of the university is subject to review by the animal care and use committee.
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