Resources Facility Policies
5 Jul 10)
Space in Laboratory Animal Resources -
• Space is available to
all research projects with IACUC approval within the College
of Arts and Science and the University upon request to the Director
of Laboratory Animal Resources.
• Space for housing projects is determined by the nature of the project,
specialized housing or room requirements, the funding for the project,
and the needs of the investigator. Every effort is made to accommodate research
for vertebrate animal studies and to provide space for special non-vertebrate
projects that would benefit from the systems and housing found in
the Lab Animal Facility (IACUC approval is not required for non-vertebrate
• In the event that two projects of equal merit need space in the facility,
projects involving vertebrates will be given priority.
• Projects of substantial size, regardless of funding status, may need
to be performed in phases depending on cage requirements, room requirements and
current projects housed in the facility.
Entry to Research Animal
• Researchers must have
an approved IACUC protocol and have completed training before
requesting access to the facility
• Principle investigators are responsible for ensuring new students and
personnel receive the proper training to handle their animal models, and safely
access the facility.
Researchers are expected to obey all signage, be respectful of other investigator’s
projects, and use the facilities and available resources wisely.
Failure to follow these rules can result in immediate
removal of access privileges.
Requesting Animal Models -
• Animal orders requested
from commercial vendors must be submitted on an animal order
form, which must include animal information, a protocol number,
purchase order number, and requested delivery date.
• Animal requests to or from other institutions must have the appropriate
approvals from both institutions, this may include, but may not be limited to;
material transfer authorizations, IACUC approval, and acceptable health status.
• Investigators who request animals from other institutions are responsible
for all costs involved in shipping, testing and animal care during a mandatory
quarantine period. Animals will not be released from quarantine until testing
is complete and health status is approved for entry into the facility.
• Wild caught animals will be treated for parasites and undergo health
monitoring before they may enter the wild and aquatics wing of the animal facility.
• Please notify the animal facility director whenever wild animals are
acquired for research with the intention of using the animal housing facilities
either on campus or at the Ecology Research Center.
• Quarantine periods are
typically one week for animals from approved commercial sources,
and no less than 1 month for animals from other institutions.
Wild caught animals will be held no less than 6 weeks in quarantine.
• Animals must be allowed to acclimate for a minimum of 48 hours before
undergoing any experimental procedures.
• Animals will not be released from quarantine until all health testing
is complete and health status is approved for entry into the facility. Please
• Any animals that
will eventually be brought into the Animal Facility in
the basement of the Psychology Building need to be cleared
the director of the facility before doing so. This may
involve a period of quarantine at the Ecology Research Center.
Linda Zehler (9-5435) with the details of your request
for instructions on how to proceed.
Equipment Used in the Research Animal
• All Laboratory Animal
Resources equipment is available to all investigators on a first
come first serve basis and will be returned to general inventory
at the end of a project.
• Experimental equipment considered for purchase or custom built for use
in the research animal facilities, must be approved by the Director of Laboratory
Animal Resources. The university must comply with all regulations applicable
to animal care and housing.
• All equipment must be sanitized before entering the facility. Make arrangements
with the Director before bringing equipment into the facility.
• Equipment belonging to investigators must be removed from the facility
at the end of each project.
Please contact The Office for
the Advancement of Research and Scholarship if you have questions about this web site:
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