When transporting animals between laboratories and the animal housing areas or other laboratories, care should be taken to minimize the time spent in common hallways or lobbies. It is extremely important that the animals are not left unattended during transport. The mode of transporting animals should be in an environmentally controlled vehicle and covered to ensure animals and cages are protected from public view.

Every effort should be taken to reduce the amount of stress the animal may experience while being transported to its designated area.

All animals should be transported in cages that prevent escape and/or injury and can be sanitized once the animals have been delivered.

Cardboard boxes should not be used.

All containers utilized for transporting animals should be appropriate for size of animal.

Animals should not be carried in your arms or in open boxes.

For transportation of small rodents, it is recommended that shoebox cages with secured lids be used. After use, these cages should be returned to the cagewash area for sanitation.

Transport of Animals to Other Institutions

CARE is not responsible for transporting animals to other institutions, but must ensure that all regulatory requirements are met. These include proper transport of cages, monitoring of environmental conditions, health reports and other documentation.

Removal of Animals to Laboratories

Animals may only be removed to laboratories for periods of less than 12 hours. If animals are to be held for longer times, investigators must have special permission granted from the IACUC and a scientific justification for housing the animals in the laboratory. During this time the investigator must provide a description of the care and monitoring of the animals must be provided. This includes the availability of food and water when the animals are maintained in the investigators laboratory and each animal must be properly identified.

We should avoid the use of public corridors whenever possible.