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FAQs about Research Animals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Q: May I continue to use research animals?
A: You may, but please limit your use. Animal facilities are limiting access and PPE is in short supply.
Q: Will my research animals in the facility receive food, water and veterinary care?
A: All animal care technicians and veterinary staff are considered “essential personnel” and will be on campus doing their jobs if they are not sick and still able to come to work. If staff becomes limited, duties will be restricted to basic husbandry and health care.
Q: How do I mark my high-priority mouse/rat cages in the animal facility?
A: Please use the card template sent to you by your animal facility manager the week of March 9th.
Q: Can I set up breeding cages for my animals?
A: Non-critical lines should not be bred.
Q: When will the animal ordering ban be lifted?
A: We don’t know when the ban on ordering research animals will be lifted.
Q: Can I transfer my animals to or from another animal facility on campus?
A: As of March 20, INTERNAL transfers are permitted on a case by case basis for essential research. Please complete the animal transfer form and email it to your RARC Veterinarian and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do animal facilities have enough PPE?
A: Check with your facility manager to see if there is enough PPE. We ask that people please limit their entry to the animal facilities and complete tasks with the fewest number of people required. This will limit potential exposures as well as conserve PPE.
Q: Can I still come to the hands-on training class I signed up for?
A: No, all classes are canceled. RARC trainers will contact you when we are back in operation.
Q: Will RARC relax the requirement that I complete hands-on training within 30 days of being added to a protocol?
A: Yes, RARC is giving people until the end of June to complete required hands-on training. Our trainers will contact you to reschedule any canceled classes.
Q: What if I need to get help or hands-on training during the COVID-19 closures?
A: Email email@example.com and we may be able to help you.