Knowing and using the appropriate anesthetics and analgesics is a critical aspect of the proper care and use of animals in research. This section includes a formulary, which lists dosages for many of the more commonly used anesthetics and analgesics, and is meant as a guide during protocol preparation.
Learn the procedures to follow when animals are transferred within a facility, between protocols or PIs, between facilities, or coming from/going to another institution.
Plan animal transportation to minimize transit time, address occupational health risks, and protect the animals.
Know your obligations under state and federal law for managing controlled substances. RARC provides some general guidance.
Learn the rules for disposing expired substances and find out how to implement a colored dot system to help you to abide by regulations.
To demonstrate appropriate levels of animal care and sanitation, staff responsible for husbandry must keep records. Learn the general records requirements and what should be recorded daily or at other intervals.
Learn how to keep medical records that convey necessary information to all people involved in an animal’s care and that aid in evaluating research outcomes.
Principal investigators who want to breed their own colonies can get started with RARC colony management guidelines.
Get normative data for various species.
Preventing distress and pain in research animals is of prime importance, from both a humane and a research standpoint. Learn how to assess and treat pain and distress.
RARC assigns a number designation to all facilities that house rodents based on the facility's known rodent pathogen status, sentinel rodent testing strategy, and quarantine capability/disease response plan.
Institutions and individuals using animals for research, teaching, and/or testing must acknowledge and accept both legal and ethical responsibility for the animals under their care, as specified by regulations.
Operate a safe research environment with the help of several UW-Madison standing committees.
Learn the standards for aseptic surgery and postsurgery monitoring. (Surgery records are addressed under Medical Records.)
RARC laboratory animal veterinarians oversee the health and well-being of UW-Madison research animals.