Independent Housing of Experiment Research Animals (Protocol 1B)
The Animal Order Form (SP-9) must be filled out by the Principle Investigator (PI) or requesting agent prior to
receipt of any animals. This form must be filled out completely, signed by the Department/Division
Head, and submitted to the Vivarium management no less than 30 days in advance of
the desired acquisition date.
When animals are available, they will be assigned to the investigator in community
cages. If permission is granted to the investigator by the Vivarium management, animals
may be transferred from community cages to independent housing units. Upon transfer
of animals into independent cages, they become the responsibility of the investigator.
Housing availability is assigned by the Vivarium management based on space available,
animal species, gender, animal weight range, and available equipment.
The investigator is required to identify each individual cage with the following information.
Identification cards are available through the vivarium management.
Name and phone number of investigator, including major advisor.
Name of person responsible for care
Species of animal
Gender of animal
Weight of animal
Experimental treatment (e.g. diet restriction)
Number of animals
IACUC approval number
Type of study
Length of study
All animals are to be observed daily by the investigator. All animals must have access
to clean bedding, food and water. Any abnormalities should be considered an illness,
and the Vivarium management immediately notified.
Bedding/paper are to be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by 2:00 p.m. The
entire caging unit should be cleans (facility personnel) every 12-15 days, depending
on the state of cleanliness (see procedure #9). Investigator will be provided with
another caging unit for the animal housing during the cage "change out" process.
Animals must be secured at all times. Any escaped animal will be considered contaminated
and euthanized if it cannot be immediately identified by the investigator.
All trash must be placed in double-lined plastic bags, the top tied securely and immediately
placed in the hallway for disposal by Vivarium personnel. All supplies necessary
will be furnished by the facility.
When the investigator is finished with racks/cages or prior to cage cleaning, the
investigator is required to remove anything that was placed on the rack/cage by the
investigator (identification cards, food, water bottles, litter, papers, etc.) and
bring the equipment to the washroom. Equipment will be cleaned and stored for future
use by the facility personnel.
Euthanasia will be performed and/or supervised by qualified personnel only. Euthanasia
chamber is located in Bienville V102. Questions regarding its use should be directed
to the Vivarium management.
All animal orders from outside vendors must be approved by the Vivarium management
prior to ordering. Any animals arriving without such approval will be returned to
Violation of the procedures outlined in this protocol will initially result in verbal
warning (recorded), followed upon a second violation with written warning to the PI.
If a third violation occurs, loss of access to the Vivarium and/or confiscation of
animals may result.