Need to transport animals?

Policy Number: 2015-055-v
Policy Title: Acclimation After Transport

POLICY:

  • Vertebrate animal species arriving from outside the UW-Madison main campus will be allowed a minimum of 48 hours to stabilize, acclimate and recover from shipping stress prior to use in any survival procedure.
    • Acclimation periods shorter than 48 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 48 hours post-transport acclimation prior to use in a research protocol.
  • An RARC or WNPRC veterinarian in their professional judgment may extend the acclimation period or deny the use of an animal for any medical reason.
  • For biosecurity purposes, RARC or WNPRC veterinarian approval is required to use animals in quarantine.
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.


Author:
C. Patten Jr., RARC veterinary unit
ePublication Date: 2/2015
History: Original 2/2015; Amended 7/2017