Policies

In order to ensure consistency and quality in the conduct of an organization’s people and activities, policies are not only established to provide limits for certain activities, but also to explain why those restrictions exist for those particular activities. Because federal, state or institutional regulations and guidance documents are the primary reason for any limitations on an activity, these documents should be strictly adhered to; however, the interpretation of the more general policies can allow some flexibility in the actions of the applicable parties.

Topics Policies Last Revised
General Animal Care and Use Program 10/8/2015
Animal Occupational Health and Safety Program 4/8/2015
Media Recordings of Institutionally Owned Animals 5/14/2014
Principal Investigator Responsibilities 8/20/2014
Record Disposition 6/11/2014
ACUC Functions IACUC Membership 12/23/2014
Policy and Procedures on Protocol Review 1/20/2016
Training and Education 5/2/2014
Special Considerations and Exceptions Fasting Animals, Special/Regulated Diets/Water/Housing Policy 8/24/2012
Multiple Partial Ovariectomies in Xenopus (MPOX) 11/10/2015
Introduction of Biologicals and Compounds Testing Biologicals Used in Laboratory Rodents 8/24/2012
Use of Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Compounds 10/14/2015
Animal Facilities Admission of Visitors to Animal Facilities 5/2/2014
Food, Beverage and Smoking Policy in Animal Facilities 10/14/2015
Other Change in Animal Ownership 10/14/2015

Guidelines

Guidelines provide specific advice on how to go about completing an activity, acceptable methods to remain compliant with regulations, or even what to expect during institution’s mandated activities. The overarching purpose of guidelines is to clarify how policies are implemented.

Topics Guidelines Last Revised
General Guidance on Administrative Review, ACUC - DMR/FCR 1/20/2016
Post-Approval Monitoring Guidelines 3/26/2014
Reporting Suspected Deficiencies in Animal Care or Treatment 7/31/2012
Writing the Animal Use Protocol Justification of Animal Numbers 5/7/2012
Literature Searches for Alternatives 11/14/2012
Common Procedures Antemortem Tissue Collection for Genotyping/Identification 8/24/2012
Blood Collection Techniques and Limits 1/28/2016
Dosing Techniques and Limits 10/12/2016
REVISED
Guidelines for the Production of Antibodies in Laboratory Animals 1/6/2014
Guidelines for the Use of Rodents in Experimental Neoplasia 9/11/2012
Physical Restraint of Unanesthetized Animals 10/23/2013
Surgery Guidelines for Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals 11/20/2015
Guidelines for Surgical Procedures 11/20/2015
Recordkeeping Guidelines for Surgical Procedures on Laboratory Animals 11/20/2015
Use of Neuromuscular Blocking Drugs in Anesthetized Animals 10/24/2013
Animal Transportation and Quarantine Acclimation and Stabilization Guidelines 9/14/2016
NEW
Animal Transportation 8/22/2012
Quarantine Guidelines 7/23/2012
Animal Housing and Breeding Aquatic Frog Housing Density Guidelines 6/18/2012
Best Practices for Mouse Breeding 9/30/2013
Cage Card Notification System Guidelines 6/8/2016
NEW
Environmental Enrichment Plan 5/13/2015
Guidance on Exceptions Regarding Housing or Husbandry of Laboratory Animals 11/14/2012
Investigator Care of Vertebrate Animals 10/12/2016
REVISED
Investigators who Manage Mouse Breeding Programs 8/21/2013
OLAC Care of Vertebrate Animals 11/9/2016
REVISED
Rat Housing Guidelines 9/14/2016
REVISED
Euthanasia Euthanasia Guidelines 11/20/2015
Guidelines for Humane Endpoints in Animal Studies 10/9/2015
Guillotine Use and Maintenance 11/20/2015