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KU Med Center cited by USDA for goat death in lab

December 14, 2012

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— The Kansas University Medical Center has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the death of a goat and other deficiencies in its animal research area, two years after the center paid a fine and spent thousands of dollars to make improvements to the facilities.

A routine USDA animal and plant health inspection in January also cited the medical center for inadequate veterinary care, improper reporting and improper supervision of experimentation.

The USDA said the goat died of respiratory failure after a paralyzing drug may not have been sufficiently reversed before the goat recovered from anesthesia, The Kansas City Star reported.

Spokeswoman C.J. Janovy said the medical center's attending veterinarian thought the drugs had been administered properly and appealed the citation. The appeal was denied, and the USDA has not contacted the medical center about further investigation, Janovy said.

Some citations are corrected quickly and do not require more investigation, said David Sacks, a USDA spokesman.

An Ohio-based animal rights group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, asked the USDA to investigate the goat's death.

The USDA is conducting another investigation not connected to the January 2012 inspection. That investigation involves failure to provide adequate veterinary care and adequate oversight of the lab, federal officials told The Star.

Janovy said that probe "involves four relatively minor issues found during the May and August 2010 routine inspections of our facility. The USDA has told us that the issue is still considered open solely due to a backlog at the USDA's Investigative and Enforcement Services."

The medical center was cited in 2010 for 160 violations for negligence that caused lab monkeys to die of dehydration.

The university paid a $62,000 fine for 63 of the violations and said it had spent $700,000 to renovate its facility, hired more staff and brought in experienced veterinarians to supervise.

Comments

Frederic Gutknecht IV 1 year, 11 months ago

...and it was not only delicious, but also hallucinogenic!

Bud Stagg 1 year, 11 months ago

Really? These are test animals. They are might die during testing. So what did we learn from the goats death? The drug didn't work right? The doctor? Better a goat than a person. Monkeys died of dehydration? What if they were testing dehydration? they weren't beating the animals, teasing them, etc. My god, with health care so high, we are making it higher with stupid fines... I think I'll go hunting now and shoot something to eat.

kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

It's an upscale restaurant in downtown Lawrence.

BlueWaffle 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually if the animal was still under the affects of medications that caused paralysis it sounds more so the breathing assistance that is required for any animal to stay alive even us was removed which resulted in asphyxiation. So yeah you could say it suffocated but due more from the sounds of what we have been told here, by professional incompetence and not a forceful act.

newtongirl 1 year, 11 months ago

In the research setting where animals are used, there are incredibly strict regulations. Some of these regulations actually protect researchers, but most protect the animals (which, in a way, if followed, give researchers some legal protection when sued by the likes of PETA, et al).

Incompetence is a violation. Penalties for any violation are strong, as they should be. Monitoring agencies are not comedians and this is no secret to the researchers or the vets and technicians in the facility. KUMC knows the rules and must abide by them. There is no excuse for not doing your job correctly.

Trust me, the researchers themselves get miffed (to put it lightly) when there is an unnecessary violation (when people skirt the rules on purpose out of laziness and yes, they do always get caught) or when someone who is incompetent kills a valuable animal that may have all kinds of time, supplies, and labor invested into it's rearing, not to mention the data the researcher will now not get or the serum this goat was to produce going to waste.

Remember, these rules help protect the researchers, who are funded in part by your money (if you pay taxes). Incompetence is costly, inexcusable, and wasteful.

James Minor 1 year, 11 months ago

What organization funded the project??? KC Masterpiece?? Maybe hickory smoke got the goat!!!

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