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Wed 22 Nov 2006

Animal Care and Handling Workshops

Category : education

I was trying to call Swee Hee at the Systematics & Ecology Lab, but instead it was Paul Clark of the National History Museum, who answered the phone. "Swee Hee's away at a course on how to kill animals," he said with typical black humour.

It turns instead that Raffles Museum's Peter Ng, Tan Swee Hee and Ng Ngan Kee are actually attending the required lectures for their Animal Care and Handling Workshops certification.

In 2003, the National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) was formed to establish national guidelines for the proper treatment and utilization of animals for scientific purposes in Singapore. In August 2003 that year, NACLAR released an e-paper for Public Consultation on draft guidelines and in October 2004, released the 158-page "Guidelines on the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes."

A month later, NUS setup an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee the implementation of the NACLAR guidelines in campus. In keeping with those guidelines, NUS staff and students involved the care and use of animals for scientific purposes have been going through an "Animal Care and Handling Workshop" conducted by NUS' Laboratory Animals Centre (LAC).

Although museum staff do not maintain live animals, all of us have or will attend the course. I was probably the first and attended the June 2005 workshop, finding myself amongst scientific research staff of a wide-ranging seniority from Science and Medical faculties and life science institutions.

It was gratifying to see such guidelines introduced at the highest level in NUS by the LAC veterinarians. Even elements such as behavioural enrichment for caged animals were introduced. I could see that the course and the practical sessions were enlightening to most laboratory workers.

I also complimented the LAC staff on the manner in which they conducted the course. I felt the respect for animals that they demonstrated in all that they did imparted a holistic philosophy that was as important as the techniques introduced to minimise suffering.

It is interesting to note that research proposals now have to demonstrate details like the necessity of the sample size identified in a specific study before proposals are approved. IACUC is headed by Professor Lam, the former head of the Department of Biological Sciences, and an experienced physiologist.

It's a significant step for NUS and quite amazing to behold! However, the SPCA has and continues to lobby for further improvements and advocates alternative methods to using live animals for experimentation.

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