July, 2, 2022, 2:41pm
July, 2, 2022, 2:41pm

CPCSEA approved Animal House

Introduction

The Animal House at GIPS, Guwahati is designed to supplement teaching, training, and research capabilities while also meeting the expanding need for high-quality laboratory animals.

The Animal House is registered with the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (Reg. No 372/PO/ReBi/S/10/CPCSEA) and has an established Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC). The IAEC advises the institution and teachers/researchers on Animal House facilities, policies, and practises. The IAEC and Animal House staff guarantee that the three R’s, replacement, reduction, and refinement, are used to all animal-related projects, and that these principles are followed to reduce the number of animals utilised for teaching and research at GIPS, Guwahati. The IAEC ensures that each project complies with or surpasses the CPCSEA Guidelines on the Use of Laboratory Animals in Experiments.

  • Area:

Ground floor: 134 sq. ft.

Second floor: 213 sq. ft.

Total-347 sq ft.

  • Animal Species: Rat, Mice, Guinea pig, Rabbit.

Vision

We envision proper use of animals in research for an essential contribution to the improvement of pharmaceutical research and animal lives.

Mission

To perform pharmaceutical research, train the new generation regarding animal studies and to facilitate animals for use in research by strictly following the guidelines of Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), Government of India.

Salient Features

1. Well designed and established animal house approved by CPCSEA for the purpose of education and research (Reg. No. -1372/PO/ReBi/S/10/CPCSEA).

2. We have an Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) for the approval of research and project proposals which involves the use of the animal.

3. All activities of the Animal House Facility are carried out as per standard operating procedures (SOPs).

4. The Animal House Facility maintains the records of activities as well as maintenance and experimentation records of the animals as per the statutory requirement of CPCSEA.

5. The animal house supports various research programs in the research areas of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, etc.

The animal house has the following in-house guidelines:

1. All the animal facility users should undergo orientation and training in the proper handling of animals before they start the experimentation.

2. The animal studies can begin only after the GIPS- IAEC approval of the research project.

3. The approved protocol should be strictly followed; any modification in the protocol should be cleared by the GIPS, IAEC.

4. The entry is restricted, only authorized people are allowed to enter the animal block with all the protective clothing like the apron, cap, face musk and designated sandals.

5. Experiments should be performed with due care and humanity with compliance of CPCSEA.

6. All the animal users should follow 3 ‘R’s (Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement) concept.

  • Function

Each species of animals is housed in barrier maintained individual rooms to avoid disease transmission and inter-species conflicts. Every effort is made to keep animals in controlled environments with 100 % fresh air exchange in animal rooms and uninterrupted power and water supplies [Temperature (22-26°C), Relative Humidity (50±10%, 12:12 hr light cycle)]. The macro and micro-environment surrounding the animals are maintained following the CPCSEA criteria, with a high degree of hygienic conditions. Keeping animal rooms clean and sterilised, as well as crate surfaces, water bottles, bedding, etc., is standard procedure.

Animals’ health is monitored regularly to ascertain their health status. Feed and water analyses are also performed regularly to assess the quality and microbiological contamination of the resources. Manual record-keeping is used to keep track of all the animals, both inbred and outbred. The waste from the animal house is disposed of regularly. Veterinarians, technicians, and attendants with extensive expertise and training in current methods of animal care, breeding, and husbandry oversee the operation of this facility’s kennels and kennel breeding facilities.

  • The staff of Animal House, GIPS

The details of staff are as below:

Faculty in-charge:Mr Iswar Hazarika

Veterinarian: Dr Raheswar Bora

Non-teaching Staff:

  1. Mr Ganesh Das

Designation: Animal House caretaker

Mobile: 9365448872

  • Mr Biren Kalita

Designation: Animal House caretaker

Mobile: 8011363811

  • IAEC members

Internal IAEC members

  1. Prof. (Dr.) Gouranga Das

Designation: Scientist from a different discipline, Chairperson IAEC, GIPS

  • Dr Dipankar Saha

Designation: Biological Scientist, IAEC, GIPS

  • Dr Raheswar Bora

Designation: Veterinarian, IAEC, GIPS

  • Dr Bhanu Pratap Sahu

Designation: Scientistfrom a differentdiscipline

  • Mr Iswar Hazarika

Designation: Scientist in charge of the animal house (Member secretary)

CPCSEA Nominee for IAEC

1. Dr. Smriti Rekha Dutta

Designation: Main Nominee

Address: 4-Kanaklata Path, Survey, Beltola, Guwahati, Assam – 781 028NGO – JBF (India) Trust

2. Dr P.Chattopadhyay

Designation: Link Nominee

Address: Scientist, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of defence, Post Bag No. 2, Solmara Cantt., Tezpur – 784001, Assam

3. Dr. Apurba Chakraborty

Designation: Scientist from outside of the Institute

Address: Director of Research (Veterinary), Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahati – 781022, Assam

4. Dr. Sashanka Sekhar Dutta

Designation: Socially aware nominee

Address: 4-Kanaklata Path, Survey, Beltola, Guwahati, Assam – 781 028

RULES and GUIDELINES

  1. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act- 1960 http://www.envfor.nic.in/legis/awbi/awbi01.html
  2. The Breeding of and Experiments on Animals (Control and Supervision) Rules, 1998 http://envfor.nic.in/legis/awbi/awbi10.html
  3. CPCSEA Guidelines for Laboratory Animal Facility http://envfor.nic.in/divisions/awd/cpcsea_laboratory.pdf
  4. The Recommendations of the ‘Sub-Committee on the Rehabilitation of Animals after Experiments’ setup by CPCSEA http://envfor.nic.in/divisions/awd/Rehabiliaion_Guidelines_new.pdf
  5. Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998 http://envfor.nic.in/legis/hsm/biomed.html
  6. Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, Amendment 2003 http://envfor.nic.in/legis/hsm/so-1069(e).pdf

FORMS and FORMATS

  • Application for the Permission of Animal Experiments (from IAEC/CPCSEA) (Form B) (File attached)
  • Format for Inspection report of Animal house. (File attached)