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Policy Number: 2015-055-v
Policy Title: Acclimation After Transport
Policy:
  • Vertebrate animal species arriving from outside the UW-Madison campus must have a minimum of 72 hours to stabilize, acclimate and recover from shipping stress prior to use in any survival procedure.
    • Acclimation periods shorter than 72 hours may be used with scientific justification and IACUC approval or with approval from an RARC or WNPRC veterinarian.
  • A minimum acclimation period is not required for animals intended for use after intra-campus transport or in non-survival procedures; it is however strongly recommended animals receive at least 72 hours post-transport acclimation prior to use in a research protocol.
  • An RARC or WNPRC veterinarian may extend the acclimation period or deny the use of an animal if in their professional judgement there are medical or animal-welfare concerns.
References:
  1. Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources (U.S.) 2011. Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.
  2. Obernier, J.A. and Baldwin, R.L. Establishing an Appropriate Period of Acclimatization Following Transportation of Laboratory Animals. 2006. ILAR Journal, Volume 47, Issue 4: 64-369
  3. Toth, L.A. and January, B. Physiological Stabilization of Rabbits After Shipping. 1990. Lab Anim Sci 40: 384-387
  4. Guidelines for the Humane Transportation of Research Animals. 2006. National Academies Press.
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