Chair: Beth Bicknese
Co-Chair: Jack Kottwitz
Standing Committee Activities:
Committee Membership - 33 AAZV members (Go to online group page)
Federal Register Review - Donna Ialeggio
Federal Register Action Items: Dennis Schmitt
AAZV Wet Lab ACUC Review - Sub-Committee:
Ursula Bechart, Jack Kottwitz, Diana Proctor and Beth Bicknese
The AAZV Legislative/Animal Welfare Committee chair serves as a member of the AAZV Executive Board. The co-chair assists the chair and will succeed the chair.
The AAZV Legislative/Animal Welfare Committee is concerned with a broad range of regulatory and animal welfare issues relevant to the AAZV. The objective of this committee is to monitor animal welfare and regulatory issues that are of concern to the AAZV, and provide analyses and position statements when appropriate. As regulatory and animal welfare matters are often closely linked, they are considered together in the same committee. Areas of interest for this committee extend beyond the proximate concerns of zoological institutions, and include issues that affect the welfare of wild animals in a variety of private, public, and institutional settings. This committee also has an interest in regulatory issues that affect the veterinary and wildlife professions in general. Where appropriate, alliances with organizations with complementary interests, including the Associartion of Zoo and Aquariums and various veterinary associations are formed.
Audiences for position statements and proposed regulations include governmental entities, veterinary organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the public. Areas that are monitored include animal welfare standards for wildlife, foreign animal disease regulations, drug regulations, public health, and veterinary/animal health legislation.
AAZV Legislative/Animal Welfare committee members will also form a sub-committee to review internal AAZV Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) documents.
Three wet-labs were assessed with the new ACUC form. The new form is improved from the prior versions and digital signatures were accepted.
A letter was generated and sent to the Animal Care division of APHIS stating AAZV should have a role to fill in development of Ethologically Appropriate Standards and look forward to providing feedback if it moves on to a ruling develop phase.
AAZV Position Statements
To review AAZV's guidelines on the production of Position Statements, click HERE
AAZV Letters of Endorsements
Member Information Section
Click HERE for committee reports and responsibilities
USDA Pharmacovigilance Adverse Event Report Form (page 1, page 2)
Questions Commonly Asked by Zoos on the CWD Interim Final Rule
Responding to Freedom of Information Act Requests: Facts and Resources
MUMS - Latest Updates!!!(13Jan2012)
FDA Announces Confirmation of the Effective Date of the BSE Final Rule
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Journal Press Release -Zoo and Wildlife Issues
The WIldlife VETAct (Appendix A)