Medical records for animals used in research, teaching, and testing: Public statement from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

Karl Field, Michele Bailey, Larry L. Foresman, Robert L. Harris, Sherri L. Motzel, Richard A. Rockar, Gaye Ruble, Mark A. Suckow

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Abstract

Medical records are considered to be a key element of a program of adequate veterinary care for animals used in research, teaching, and testing. However, prior to the release of the public statement on medical records by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), the guidance that was available on the form and content of medical records used for the research setting was not consistent and, in some cases, was considered to be too rigid. To address this concern, ACLAM convened an ad hoc Medical Records Committee and charged the Committee with the task of developing a medical record guideline that was based on both professional judgment and performance standards. The Committee provided ACLAM with a guidance document titled Public Statements: Medical Records for Animals Used in Research, Teaching, and Testing, which was approved by ACLAM in late 2004. The ACLAM public statement on medical records provides guidance on the definition and content of medical records, and clearly identifies the Attending Veterinarian as the individual who is charged with authority and responsibility for oversight of the institution's medical records program. The document offers latitude to institutions in the precise form and process used for medical records but identifies typical information to be included in such records. As a result, the ACLAM public statement on medical records provides practical yet flexible guidelines to assure that documentation of animal health is performed in research, teaching, and testing situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalILAR Journal
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • ACLAM
  • Adequate veterinary care
  • Attending veterinarian
  • IACUC
  • Medical record
  • Performance standard
  • Professional judgment
  • Research animal

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