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Information for New Investigators Who Use Animals in Research or Teaching -

A new page has been added as a resource for new Investigators. You can access it under the "Animal Use Protocols" heading on the left hand side navigation of this website. It outlines transferring a grant, transferring animals, animal use protocols, required training, grant informationcontact information, and suggested references that will be useful to all incoming investigators new to the University of Rochester.

Rodent Surgery and Analgesic Records-

After the AAALAC Accreditation visit in June 2014, it was suggested that UCAR review the documentation for the administration of anesthesia and analgesia related to survival rodent/bird surgeries.  If you perform recovery rodent or bird surgery in your laboratory or within the vivarium, you must fill out one of the green “Be Gentle-Post-Op” cards with all the required information (date, ID#, UCAR #, Procedure Date, analgesic administration) along with reasons you stopped analgesic therapy.  You should retain these cards unless you have the same information listed in a lab notebook.  UCAR will be looking for this information during laboratory visits.  AAALAC, Int. will review this information when they visit next in 2017.  One of the most common analgesics used for major invasive recovery surgeries is buprenorphine (a controlled substance) and the dosing recommendation is every 6-12 hours in mice and every 6-8 hours in rats.  Analgesic therapy and all exemptions to UCAR policies must be reviewed and approved by UCAR. See the Policy Page.