Lectures and seminars Webinar: Humane Intervention Points: Refining Endpoint Terminology to Incorporate Non-euthanasia Intervention Options to Improve Animal Welfare and Experimental Outcomes
The aim of these CPD webinars (Continuing professional development) is to follow the legal requirements for maintenance and demonstration of competence in laboratory animal science, and to facilitate the implementations of the 3R’s in routine animal work.
Wendy O. Williams, BA, BSc, DVM, DACLAM, Clinical Veterinarian, Assistant Director, Educational Services, Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE), Cornell University, New York, USA.
Wendy O. Williams is the Assistant Director of Educational Services at CARE, Cornell University, USA. She provides clinical care for animals studied in the departments of Psychology, Neurobiology and Behavior, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and other Life Sciences. She holds an Assistant Adjunct Professor position in the Department of Biomedical & Biological Sciences and is the Section Chief of the Clinical Service in Laboratory Animal Medicine.
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A common interpretation of Humane Endpoints is that they are timepoints to perform euthanasia. This interpretation is not necessarily consistent with Russell and Burch’s 3 Rs concept. There are many intervention options that - when used to respond to pain, discomfort, or distress - facilitate application of the 3Rs while achieving experimental endpoints and goals.
The term, Humane Intervention Points (HIPs), offers a more accurate reflection of the measures taken to alleviate pain and distress in animals used for research, testing, and teaching. Incorporating study-specific interventions into the research protocol provides a means to facilitate both data collection and prompt veterinary attention to alleviate pain and distress while building collaborative relationships between laboratory animal veterinarians and principal investigators.