Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC) is committed to be a national center of excellence and a global hub to provide national and international leadership in equine veterinary clinical and diagnostic services, research, and education of veterinarians, students, and the public with regard to health and well-being of horses.
EVMC has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure that all research activities within EMVC and other Qatar Foundation (QF) institutions, involving animal use in research, are conducted with critical thought, judgment, and analysis. Using animals in research is a privilege granted by society to the research community with the expectation that such use will provide significant knowledge or lead to improvement in human and/or animal well-being.
EVMC IACUC vision is to ensure the highest standards of humane care and use of animals involved in research is maintained and conducted in compliance with Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) guidelines, the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” and International regulations
The EVMC is the primary focal point and responsible institution for the IACUC. It is a joint collaboration between multiple QF institutions including; Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Sidra Medical and Research Centre and Qatar University and strongly driven by Qatar Foundation’s Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI). The IACUC works closely with Institution Officials to ensure continual compliance of the program.
The IACUC oversee and evaluates all aspects of an institution’s animal care and use program and is responsible for:
- Program evaluation: Annual review of institution’s animal programs.
- Facilities inspection: Inspection of animal facilities is conducted bi-annually.
- Animal welfare concerns: The IACUC reviews and addresses reported complaints and non-compliance related to the use of animals in research.
- Protocol review and approval: The IACUC review and approve research activities related to the care and use of animals. They are authorized to request modifications, suspend and/or report to the institution’s compliance office and the MoPH.
- Personnel training: The IACUC ensures that all personnel involved with animal care, treatment or use have completed relevant Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) courses and provided with in-house animal handling training.
- Reporting: All IACUC activities are submitted to the IACUC coordinator and reported to the MoPH.
The membership of the IACUC consist of not less than five voting members, with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted by the institution. Alternate voting members and non-voting members are optional. An IACUC must comprise the following members:
- The chairperson, with knowledge of ethical and humane care and use of animals possessing necessary skills to review animal involved research activities.
- One veterinarian, formally trained and/or with experience in laboratory animal medicine with a direct or delegated responsibility of the care and use of species.
- One practicing scientist experienced in research involving animals.
- A non-scientific member, an institutional member whose normal activities, past or present, does not involve the use of animals for scientific purposes.
- A member of the public, representing general community interest, whose primary concerns are in a non-scientific area.
- IACUC Coordinator, not directly involved in the research.
EVMC IACUC is registered with the MoPH under the following details
Registration number: MoPH-EVMC-IACUC-005
Assurance number: IACUC-A-EVMC-2020-0005