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IACUC Guidelines for Posting Video or Images to On-Line Journals and Websites

Guidelines for Posting Video or Images to On-Line Journals and Websites


The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to UCSF animal researchers regarding appropriate practices when posting material and images pertaining to animal research to external websites and on-line journals.

General Information

The exchange of ideas, information, and data is the hallmark of the research endeavor.  Video recordings of animal research in on-line academic journals and other web-based publications can provide the necessary educational information and is an important training resource. However, the safety of the researcher(s), staff, and other employees, must also be taken into larger consideration. This information can be misused and serve as a platform by those individuals that are intent on gathering and misrepresenting information to target researchers and to rally public support against animal research. It is in the best interest of the researchers and the institution, that the information that is being posted in a public forum be filmed with guidance from members in LARC and/or the IACUC office.

Proactive Procedures

If you or someone under your supervision is thinking of making a video and sharing your knowledge, here’s a checklist of concerns to review before the cameras start rolling:

  1. Does the procedure follow your approved IACUC protocol?
  2. Does the surgery meet the UCSF policies and guidelines regarding standards of anesthesia and analgesia, and aseptic surgical practice, (i.e.) fur clipped, skin prepped with a proper disinfectant, sterilized instruments, performed in an uncluttered clean space? Are animals draped to demonstrate the surgical approach only?
  3. Will the video show and/or discuss peri-operative analgesic treatment for survival surgery?
  4. Will it show and discuss surgical after-care (fluids, warmth, and quiet)?
  5. And, because a video is worth 10,000 words: do your animals look like they are completely anesthetized before and during any invasive procedure?
  6. Animals must be fully anesthetized and you should discuss and/or demonstrate a negative response to noxious stimulus prior to surgery.

Contact the IACUC Office

If you are considering videotaping your procedures and posting to an online journal, we recommend that you contact the IACUC office to schedule a consultation with the IACUC Director and a LARC veterinarian for guidance. This will help ensure that the content of the video is consistent with UCSF standards. You may contact 476-2197 for an appointment.