LAR Animal Rental and Re-Use Policies and
Procedures (rev. 01/23/12)
The Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) unit maintains stock dogs that are available for short-term rental (generally less than 3 months) in non-invasive or minimally invasive studies in which expedient, full recovery is expected.
Stock dogs are not intended to serve as long-term research animals: purpose-bred animals should be purchased for this use. Newly-purchased, purpose-bred dogs may be the more appropriate model for even some short-term studies depending on the nature of the project.
There is high demand for stock dogs at certain times of the year, principally for teaching purposes. PIs/Instructors should notify LAR well in advance of their needs, by use of the LAR Animal Request Form.
Animals under rental may only be used by the requesting PI for procedures approved in the IACUC protocol (Application for Vertebrate Animal Use) specified on the Animal Request Form.
Use of animals must be approved by the IACUC, but LAR veterinary staff has final approval for the use of rental animals. (Please note that IACUC approval does not obligate LAR to provide any particular animals at any time.) This approval is based on both the intended and previous use(s) of the animals, and availability.
LAR will strive to provide animals that satisfy needs of the PI, but cannot guarantee suitability for a particular study. Assigned animals may be exchanged, if other stock animals are available, but PIs may need to add animals to their IACUC approval. The PI/staff will be expected to complete an LAR Stock Dog Rental Evaluation after each usage of the animals to further ensure they are continuing to meet the needs of teaching and research obligations.
The PI is responsible for all monitoring and post-procedural care until the animal is normal, unless specific arrangements are made in advance with LAR (Veterinary Services) or CPL. In addition, if a behavioral issue arises at any time with a stock dog, the PI is responsible for halting further use and contacting the LAR office immediately (LAR office 513.2931 or after hours 513.6656).
The PI is responsible for maintaining records of all procedures performed on rental animals. In addition, if sedation is given a sedation form will need to be completed. Records will be kept near the animal and will be transferred to the LAR Office or Veterinary Assistant within 24 hours of when the animal is returned.
The PI retains financial responsibility for rental animals until animal is normal and re-acclimated. This includes a post-procedure rest period. For physical exam procedures that do not puncture the skin, in which no medications are given, this will be a 24 hour (1 day) rest period. Any procedures other than physical examinations (for example: catheterization, cystocentesis, sedation, anesthesia, PK study), requires a 2 week, post-procedure rest period. In addition, any clinical issue arising during the rental or rest period will be the financial responsibility of the PI until resolved, as determined by an LAR veterinarian. If the animal dies, or if the LAR veterinary staff determines that the animal cannot or should not be used further, the PI will be expected to replace the animal.
All LAR stock animals available for or under rental will be evaluated by an LAR veterinarian on an annual basis to assess suitability. Any animal found to have a condition that impacts its quality of life will be removed from LAR stock. If the condition is not life-threatening and controllable, adoption will be considered. In the event of a life-threatening or uncontrollable condition, the animal will be placed on a terminal study or euthanized. These evaluation criteria also apply to unexpected procedure-related problems.
LAR may receive animals from completed studies, for use in the rental program, provided that this re-use of the animals has been approved by the IACUC, that records of procedures performed are available/provided, and that the animal has passed evaluation by an LAR veterinarian.