Animal studies with wildlife present unique challenges at all levels of oversight. Work involving wild animals and field research requires investigators, institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs), and regulatory personnel to propose and evaluate protocols within a framework that was designed primarily for laboratory research with domesticated species. Many considerations necessary for appropriate, ethical, and legal conduct of research with wild animals are different from those required for laboratory research, but often—and unfortunately—review of wildlife research is evaluated within the framework established for lab studies. Resources for oversight of wildlife research include taxon-specific guidelines and protocol templates that mesh regulatory requirements with biological and ethical requirements of working with wild species.
During this webinar, presenters provided strategies for those tasked with proposing and reviewing wildlife research. Topics for discussion included:
- Strategies for effective oversight of wildlife research within regulatory frameworks designed primarily for biomedical research with domesticated animals
- Reference materials for oversight of wildlife research, and how these resources address the specifics of work with wild animals
- Tips for dealing with injury and mortality in field settings
- Occupational and health risks associated with field work with wild animals
What Will I Learn?
By the end of this intermediate-level webinar, participants:
- Understood the fundamental differences between oversight of wildlife research and oversight of laboratory-based animal research
- Appreciated the necessity of using appropriate guidelines and resources for oversight of research with wildlife
- Were equipped to juggle competing regulatory requirements (e.g., permit requirements, deadlines with IACUC review, etc.)
- Comprehended requirements for humane death in field settings
Who Should Attend?
IACUC members, administrators, directors, and chairs at institutions or research entities conducting wildlife research, as well as individuals working in higher administration or anyone involved in oversight and regulation of projects involving wildlife benefited from attending this webinar.