The latest edition of the USDA Office of Communication's directory How to Get Information From the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available on the World Wide Web.
This directory lists sources of information in USDA and its various agencies. It also includes names of the various Freedom of Information Act officers.
The USDA FARAD Compendium of Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs provides information about drugs that are available for treating animal diseases, withholding times for milk, and preslaughter withdrawal times for meat. This fully searchable database is available on the World Wide Web at http://sulaco.oes.orst.edu:70/1/ext/farad, or contact USDA, FARAD at (888) 873-2723. This is a toll-free number that may not be available outside the United States.
When this information is not sufficient, telephone access to FARAD experts is available through the FARAD Regional Access Centers at the University of California (916) 752-7507, University of Illinois (217) 333-6731, and North Carolina State University (909) 829-4431.
A 2-week intensive course on laboratory animal science will be organized at the Department of Laboratory Animal Science Utrecht, The Netherlands, on June 9-20, 1997. The course objectives are to present facts and principles essential for the humane use of animals for quality research. Its contents follow the recommendations of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) regarding the training of scientists who use vertebrates. It may also be of interest to those who intend to develop a similar course at their location. For information and application forms, contact Prof.dr. L.F.M. van Zutphen or Mrs. Marianne Albers, Department of Laboratory Animal Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 80.166, 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands, phone: 31-30-2532033, fax: 31-30-2537997.
The Netherlands Centre Alternatives to Animal Use (NCA) coordinates research and disseminates information about alternatives throughout The Netherlands. It supports the Alternatives to Animal Experiments Platform, in which the Dutch government, industry, and animal protection organizations collaborate. NCA produces a free newsletter, organizes symposia, produces teaching modules, and manages two databases, including one on alternatives that exist or are being developed in The Netherlands. For additional information, contact The Netherlands Centre Alternatives to Animal Use, Yalelaan 17, De Uithof, NL-3584 CL Utrecht, The Netherlands, phone: +31 30 2532186, fax: +31 30 2539227, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 1997 forum will focus on the topics of human resource issues in research animal resources, interpersonal skills such as negotiation and communication, quality assurance and cost management, and design of laboratory animal facilities. There will be formal presentations, discussion groups, roundtables, and time for social activities and informal discussions. The forum will be held in at the Perdido Beach Resort on the Alabama Gulf Coast on May 11-14, 1997. For more information, contact Charles McPherson, D.V.M., Executive Director, ACLAM, 200 Summerwinds Drive, Cary, NC 27511, fax: (919) 851-3126, e-mail: email@example.com
The Committee for the National Institute for the Environment (CNIE), a nonprofit organization, is making available more than 200 full-text U.S. Congressional Research Service reports on environmental issues. These reports cover topics such as biodiversity, information sources, wetlands and aquatic issues, regulatory reform, water quality, and pesticides. These documents are available through the CNIE, National Library for the Environment, which can be found at http://www.cnie.org/nle
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has established a loan program to provide students and educators with up-to-date alternatives to classroom animal dissection and live-animal experimentation. Elementary school through college-level interactive computer simulations, models, videotapes, and charts are available. For more information, contact Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., Animal Research Issues, HSUS, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037, phone: (301) 258-3046, fax: (301) 258-3082, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, announces the publication of the third edition of the International Directory of Primatology. The purpose of the directory is to enhance communications among organizations and individuals involved in primate research, conservation, and education. It can be used by primatologists as a desktop working tool or by educators, librarians, students, and the general public as a guide to primate programs and information resources.
The directory's five sections cover (1) geographically arranged entries for major primate centers, laboratories, educational programs, foundations, conservation agencies and sanctuaries; (2) field studies; (3) groups involved with nonhuman primate population management; (4) professional primate societies, including the membership roster of the International Primatological Society; and (5) major information resources in the field. Access to this information is supported by organizational, species, subject, and name indexes.
Ordering information can be obtained from Larry Jacobsen, IDP Coordinator, Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center Library, 1220 Capitol Court, Madison, WI 53715-1299, phone: (608) 263-3512, fax: (608) 265-4729, e-mail: email@example.com
The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR) is making its interactive calendar People and Animals: United for Health available to elementary-level health and science educators and organizations. The 1997 calendar is for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and addresses key concepts in animal and human health and welfare in an interactive and visually engaging format. The calendar has won several awards for creativity and educational innovation. Each month of the poster-size calendar covers a different health or science topic using coloring, writing, and drawing activities related to the monthly theme (such as aging, diabetes, nutrition, mental health and substance abuse); hands-on experiments; discussion questions; healthy living tips; and careers. To order the calendar or the teacher's guide 'Heads on for Healthy Living!' contact, MSMR, 73 Princeton St., Suite 311, MA 01863, phone: (508) 251-1556, fax: (508) 251-7683.
In the transportation of live animals, no aspect is more important than ensuring the safety and welfare of the animals. Published annually in English, French, and Spanish, the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Live Animals Regulations (LAR) is the minimum standard for shipping live animals by air. LAR is implemented by airlines worldwide and its container requirements are enforced by the European Union, Canada, the United States, and parties to the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The 23rd edition includes updated container requirements for dogs and cats, horses, baby turtles, water snakes, reptiles, birds, insects, fish, marine mammals, and laboratory animals. A new training section is published to provide guidelines on live animal transportation.
Copies of the IATA LAR can be ordered from the Customer Service Department, IATA, 2000 Peel St., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2R4, phone: (800) 716-6326, (514) 985-6326, fax: (514) 844-7711.
The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University announces that its course and conference "Applied Ethics in Animal Research: From Theory to Decision Making" will be hosted by the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque from May 31 to June 3, 1997. The program will focus on decisionmaking in a variety of animal-use contexts. The conference is intended for biological, biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists; clinicians, students, scholars of the humanities and philosophy; and the public. Poster presentations involving original research broadly related to the intersection of ethics and animals must be submitted by April 1, 1997. For additional information, contact John P. Gluck, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, phone: (505) 277-3420, fax: (505) 277-1394, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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