Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Policy No.0201: Identification of Research Animals; Euthanasia of Animals with Inadequate Identification

Approved by the Animal Institute Committee: 2/20/02

Reapproved 6/15/2011

  1. Identification information is needed for census and per diem billing, to ensure animals are under an approved protocol, and to identify a responsible person who can be notified in case of a problem.
  2. Cages must be identified, at minimum, with the name of the principal investigator, the Animal Institute Committee (AIC) protocol number, and animal identification information (such as species/strain, genotype, sex, etc.). Cage cards for animals arriving from approved vendors include the following information: the name of the principal investigator and that of the contact person (collaborator, post-doctoral associate, laboratory technician, if appropriate), department, contact phone number, protocol number, animal order reference number, source, strain designation, sex, age or birth date, and arrival date. All of this information is useful and will ideally be present on all cage cards throughout the facility. The number of animals and any significant dates (such as surgery) should also be included.
  3. Cages not identified with the name of the principal investigator will be tagged by the Institute for Animal Studies (IAS) with an orange, numbered "Inadequate Identification" card. Animals are subject to euthanasia by IAS if the inadequacy is not rectified within 2 weeks of notification.
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