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Color-coded Tags on Cages

A color coded plastic tag system identifies individual animals or cages of animals which require veterinary services or other special services. The color coded (Post-it) tags are available in each animal housing room.

  • Yellow Tag: Identifies an animal which has been reported for a health problem on an animal report form. Either a Vivarium or research staff may complete an animal report form and place a yellow tag on the cage. Only the DLAM veterinary staff may remove a yellow tag from an animal cage.
  • Red Tag: Identifies an animal currently under veterinary treatment or observation. Only the DLAM veterinary staff may place or remove a red tag from an animal cage. Please notify a DLAM veterinary technician if you sacrifice an animal in a red tagged cage.
  • Blue Tag: Identifies an animal that is being monitored in the post-operative program. Only the DLAM veterinary staff may remove a blue tag from an animal cage. Please notify a DLAM veterinary technician if you sacrifice an animal in a blue tagged cage. Rodent overcrowded cages.
  • Green Tag: Identifies an animal for which a special request exists. DLAM, Vivarium, or Investigator's personnel can place green tags on cages.
  • Black Tag: Identifies an animal with a chronic health problem or condition. Black tags are only placed by DLAM technicians.
  • Purple Tag: Identifies newly arrived rabbits. These tags are placed by the Vivarium staff.
  • Orange Tag: Identifies diabetic animals or ones which require frequent water or cage changes. These tags are usually placed by the Vivarium staff.
  • Pink Tag: Identifies cages that contains newly weaned animals. The PI places the flag on the cage and writes the weaning date on the flag.