Comparative Medicine

Importing/Exporting, Relocating, or Reassigning Animals

The transportation of animals, including inter-institutional importation/exportation, or intra-institutional relocation to other facilities or IACUC approved laboratories, should occur only when essential since any transit time introduces risks of exposure to environmental extremes, crowding, infectious agents, and possible zoonoses, which can affect animal and public welfare, and the consistency of results. Movement of animals within animal housing rooms is discouraged.

Importing/Exporting Animals

The shipment of animals to, or from other Institutions must be requested in writing using one of the forms linked below, and approved by Comparative Medicine.

Importing/Exporting Biological Materials

The shipment of biological materials used for rederivation, cryopreservation, or cryorecovery of murine strains to or from other institutions (e.g., for use by the Mouse Models Core) must be requested in writing using one of the forms linked below, and approved by Comparative Medicine.

Intramural Relocation or Reassignment of Animals

Relocation: The movement of animals from one animal housing room to another in a single facility, or between separate Comparative Medicine managed facilities requires approval of a Request to Relocate Research Animals form.

 Reassignment: Animals are eligible for transfer from one IACUC-approved research use to another if they are naïve with respect to major medical, surgical, research or teaching uses. Transfer of unused animals from one IACUC-approved research use to another (i.e., excluding local mouse production) is permitted only when justified in writing and approved by both the originating and reassigned Principal Investigators on a Request to Reassign Research Animals form. An approved reassignment of animals from one IACUC approved research protocol to a new IACUC approved protocol becomes effective on the date of the transfer, and all animal per diems,, identifying cards, and inventories are changed to reflect this reassignment.

Reassignment of naive mice originating from an IACUC approved murine colony only protocol to an IACUC approved research protocol is accomplished  by notifying the facility superevisor, who completes a Request to Reassign Locally Produced Mice to a Research Protocol form, who adjusts all animal per diems,, identifying cards, and inventories to reflect this reassignment, which becomes effective on the date of the transfer, and, who secures prior approval from the Assistant Director of Comparative Medicine if the reassignment necessitates  physical relocation of mice.

Please address questions to CompMed@usf.edu