DR. COUTO: You are correct. The burden for monitoring is shared, which is why we should involve research personnel in addition to the veterinarian and animal care technician. Sometimes when we can involve the investigator himself or herself, we should try to do that. Most often, however, principal investigators may not go to the animal room very often. It is easier to work with the contact person, a research associate, or the technician who is actually in contact with the animals.

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