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A survey of the impact of COVID-19 on the management of animal experiments and laboratory animal facilities in Korea

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Ahn, Na; Park, Jaehak; Ihm, Jungjoon; Roh, Sangho

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Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Experimental animals, Vol.73 No.2, pp.193-202
The pandemic has affected the lives of people all over the world. The effects of the pandemic on laboratory animal facilities and their operations through this unusual global event are poorly understood. Here, we have applied a methodological framework of qualitative approach including semi-structured interviews to investigate laboratory animal operations in Korea and how it has shaped the on-going management and laboratory operations of such facilities. A total of fifty-two individuals, including members and administrators of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), researchers, and animal facility managers and staff, were surveyed through purposeful sampling. Survey questions explored how the pandemic impacted the IACUC and the functioning of animal facilities, and what steps to take in preparation of a future pandemic-like crisis. Our survey found evidence of an increase in animal experiments in Korea during the pandemic that correlated with increases in research funding during that period, such as for vaccine development. Also, operational challenges due to pandemic-related health issues in personnel were resolved through overtime, rather than by reducing facility operations. Moreover, a refinement of post-approval monitoring (PAM) practices was also discussed by respondents. Taken together, our study offers insights into animal facility operations during the pandemic and outlines recommendations for safeguarding operations in such future scenarios.
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