Housing Assignment

Proper housing of the animals is essential to the animals’ well-being, to the quality of research data, and teaching or testing which animals are used.

No animals may be kept outside the animal facility for more than 12 hours. Only simple injections, examinations, or procedures can be performed in animal facility housing rooms. A procedure room or operating room is available within the animal facility. (see form request)

Investigators may request that their animals be housed in a specific area when the order is placed. However, all requests are subject to approval pending available space and the needs of the facility. If there is a problem accommodating an investigator’s request, the CARE office will contact the investigator to discuss options.

Housing Duration

We understand that research projects vary in length of time. The duration (or stay) could be for short term (less than two (2) months) or long term (more than two (2) months. For this reason, the investigator must map out an appropriate plan during for the housing duration and the impact in your cost. Notify the CARE in the purchase form the duration of your study.

Housing Conditions

Animal housing conditions are specified in great detail in the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations and in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Our animal program is designed to ensure that these standards are met.

Special housing or feeding requests must be arranged with the supervisor.

If these requests do not comply with regulatory housing standards they must be approved by the IACUC.

The facility employees must contact the research staff if animal cages are observed without sufficient supply of the special diet or water or if they cannot determine when the animals were last fed or watered. If the research staff cannot be contacted within a reasonable amount of time (varies with the species involved), employees will provide standard food and water to the animals.

This applies equally to cages or pens which have been marked by the research staff as “do not feed or provide water”. If you have questions please contact the Manager or Attending Veterinarian to discuss your concerns.