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April 1981 - Revised March 1989, June 1991, and June 1994, February 2008, July 2013


Animals are acquired by the College of Veterinary Medicine for use in its teaching, research, and service programs. Occasionally animals will no longer be needed in a program activity to which they are assigned. In such instances Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) offers the following options to assist with the disposition of those animals.

1. Animal Sale (adoption). Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) will facilitate the adoption of any animal that is determined to be an appropriate companion animal or pet. Please keep in mind that although the adoption of animals, after completion of their use, is a goal in LAR, there are factors that may limit the adoptability of animals. LAR assistance with adoption is only available for animals that have been deemed adoptable by LAR. Any animal not deemed as adoptable by LAR will NOT be adopted and final disposition of the animal is your responsibility, as outlined in your approved IACUC Vertebrate Animal use (VAU) Protocol. The following animals will NOT be adopted: genetically engineered animals (transgenic), mice, venomous animals, potentially invasive species, endangered or legally protected animals, wild-life, or other animals that are not considered companion animals or pets that may endanger humans or the environment. Animals housed in LAR will not be sold to markets that provide meat for human consumption. Other restrictions may apply.

Investigators will be responsible for all housing and care cost for animals they wish to adopt until placed in a new home. LAR will assist in all aspects of the adoption process and provide any preventative care procedures or diagnostics needed in accordance with our SOP for that particular species (dog*, cat, or pony), free of charge. Typically this includes examinations, routine diagnostics, vaccinations, and/or dog/cat spay or neuter. LAR requires that all dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. LAR can provide preventative care procedures or diagnostics for species that are not on a standard LAR preventative medicine; however, the Principal Investigator (PI) will be financially responsible for these procedures.

IACUC Requirements: Adoption must be listed as a method of disposition on the approved IACUC VAU protocol the animal is under. If you have an intact dog* or cat that you wish to adopt, the dog or cat must be on an approved IACUC VAU protocol that outlines this surgical procedure. This can be achieved by two methods (1) Submitting an amendment to perform this procedure on the IACUC protocol the dog* or cat is currently on, or (2) Transferring the dog* or cat to an LAR protocol that outlines this procedure for animal adoptions. If option two is chosen, PI continues to assume financial responsibility and animal transfer must be listed as a method of disposition on the approved IACUC protocol the animal is under. LAR can assist you in accomplishing either of these methods. Note, any other animal undergoing an elective procedure must have the procedure approved in the IACUC VAU protocol the animal is currently on. LAR will only provide no-cost spay or neuter procedures for dogs and cats. Elective surgeries for other species can be provided by LAR, if approved by the laboratory animal veterinarian, but the PI will be financially responsible for the procedure.

* LAR unit maintains stock dogs that are available for short-term rentals in non-invasive or minimally invasive studies in which expedient, full recovery is expected. On average these dogs “work” in LAR for 2 years then are adopted. If you have a dog being adopted through LAR that meets the criteria for a stock dog, LAR may ask that the dog be enrolled in our stock dog program. If the dog remains on your approved IACUC AVU protocol, you can decline this option; however, any dog transferred to an LAR protocol may be enrolled into the stock dog program as described. Once enrolled as a stock dog, LAR will assume all cost associated with the dog.

If you have questions regarding the LAR adoption process please contact LAR Veterinary Services ( If you would like to pursue animal adoption through LAR please complete and submit the LAR “Animal Adoption: Experimental History Form” to the LAR office ( If you need to transfer a dog or cat onto an LAR protocol, please contact the LAR office ( The LAR SOP “Animal Adoption” will be followed for all adoption procedures.

Animals shall be sold or adopted only if such sale or adoption represents no threat to public or animal health or welfare, or the integrity of the College. According to LAR Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Guidelines, adoptions are advertised through the CVM with priority given to CVM Staff, direct relation to the CVM community, or other approved individuals. Market value will be determined by the Director of LAR

Appropriate records including the name of the purchaser, date of purchase, price, and other necessary information as listed in LAR SOPs and Guidelines, must be kept.The original copy of the receipt should be provided to the customer along will applicable medical records.

2. Animal Reuse: LAR will no longer provide disposition services other than animal adoption; however, LAR will help facilitate responsible animal reuse. This is achieved by one of the following methods.

You have identified a Principle Investigator who would like the animals transferred onto their approved IACUC VAU Protocol. Please complete an animal transfer form and submit it to the LAR office (

You have not identified another investigator with an approved IACUC VAU Protocol to transfer your animal(s) onto but have an animal(s) that you would consider appropriate for transfer to another CVM or NCSU research, teaching or service program please contact LAR Veterinary Services ( LAR will see if there is interest in the CVM community for these animals; however, there is no guarantee that these animals can be placed onto another protocol and the animals must remain on your approved IACUC VAU Protocol until transferred onto another approved IACUC VAU Protocol.

All transfers will be made only if the additional use is not judged by the LAR Veterinarian excessive. If animal overuse is a concern, the LAR Veterinarian may request justification be placed in the IACUC protocol. Please keep in mind that an IACUC amendment may be necessary for this transfer, this is determined on a case-by-case basis.

3. Tissue Sharing. It is well know that there are scientific and educational uses for animal tissues. If you will be euthanizing animals as described in your approved IACUC VAU Protocol, and are interested in sharing animal tissues after the euthanasia is complete, please contact LAR Veterinary Services ( We will help see if there is an interest in the animal’s tissue by other investigators, educators, or scientists. There may be some coordination required for this option and procedures not described in the approved IACUC VAU Protocol can only be performed after the approved euthanasia and confirmation of animal death. No animal or parts of any animal owned by the College which dies or is euthanized may be removed or used for private purposes.

Note all methods of disposition must be described in the approved IACUC VAU Protocol that the animal is on. You can request technical help for disposition as described on your approved IACUC VAU Protocol by submitting a LAR Technical Service Request. All personnel handling animals must be approved on the IACUC VAU Protocol.

No animal belonging to the CVM may be transferred to the custody of any person except as stated above.

LAR forms can be found at

Approved: Kathryn Meurs

Date: 7/3/13