Feds ID 9 problems at University of Utah labs

Apr 22 2010 - 6:32pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Federal inspectors say researchers at the University of Utah sometimes don't follow protocol when it comes to the welfare of laboratory animals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported nine issues after a January inspection, including that some animals didn't get pain medications or antibiotics in a timely manner. They also found that a kitten had died after being given too much dextrose and an enclosure for guinea pigs was too crowded.

The USDA told the university to correct the problems before the next inspection.

University Vice President for Research Tom Parks said Thursday most of the problems could be easily addressed.

Parks says the university typically has about 50,000 animals at its research facilities. Most are mice.


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