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UNR releases details regarding animal deaths
by Tribune Staff
Aug 19, 2012 | 2027 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — A very unfortunate, isolated incident on a farm owned by the University of Nevada, Reno resulted in the death of three animals in September 2011. The incident was promptly reported and an investigation by veterinary professionals began immediately. Follow-up actions, including operational changes and training, have been completed to protect this from happening again. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reflected the changes in procedure in its report.

Ten sheep went without water over a period of five days, including a weekend, and one died of dehydration. Immediate therapeutic intervention was initiated by veterinary staff. Although the potential loss was minimized, two more animals did not survive.

Proper standard operating procedures were in place and this incident was the result of human error. Appropriate personnel actions were taken.

The university’s animal-research program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Care International, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.
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