Sent: December 1, 2016
Dear Animal Researchers,
We are releasing the next version of O.R.C.A (ORCA v2) soon. Full use of ORCA v2 will become available on January 3, 2017. ORCA v2 manages the submission of all business items to the IACP and IACUC including protocols (new and amendments), progress reports, administrative changes (study personnel, grants associated with animal use and occupational health and safety) and animal transfer requests. Planned feature releases are already in development that include animal inventory, so you can expect the system to continue evolving over time.
In preparation for this event we will be shutting down the current version at the end of business on Thursday, December 15.
As a result, animal ordering using the web requisition system will be unavailable on Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18. In addition, the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources will not be able to access animal protocol information in PeopleSoft nor process new cage card requests through PeopleSoft during this time. Please contact DLAR at 210-567-6166 should you need additional assistance relating to animal transfer, purchasing or inventory during this time.
Please try to have any animal transfer requests for the period December 16-January 3 entered into the current version of ORCA by end of business on Thursday, December 15.
In addition, the Institutional Animal Care Program (IACP) office will be temporarily closed for business from December 15, 2016 - January 3, 2017.
Leading up to the office closure, staff will be completing as many business items as possible that are currently within the office. IACP staff will also be reaching out to investigators requesting completion of all progress reports for protocols that will expire prior to January 6.
During the IACP office closure, information from all currently approved IACUC protocols will be transferred by teams from the Office of the Vice President for Research, IACP, the Institutional Review Board and the Office of Clinical Research to the new ORCA v2 platform.
We appreciate your understanding and patience during this transition period. If you require emergent assistance regarding regulatory issues or approvals during this time contact the main IACP number at 210-567-8260.
Additional information regarding training opportunities for the ORCA v2 is available on the IACP website http://research.uthscsa.edu/iacuc
In the meantime, the ORCA v2 test system remains available at https://vprtest1.uthscsa.edu/orca_v2 should you wish to preview what is coming in the New Year.