Animal Care & Use Policies & Procedures
The BU Medical Campus and the Charles River Campus policies are slightly different, so please refer to the policies for the campus on which you will be conducting animal research.
The following procedure references are available for your review from the AALAS Learning Library. Hands-on training is available for various animal-related procedures. Check the training site for listings on didactic trainings, wet labs info, and AALAS Learning Library login information.
Description of the identification technique used with rodents and rabbits.
Description of the identification technique used with rodents.
General Injection Techniques
Various routes of injection are described for administering substances or drugs to laboratory animals (includes specific instructions for IP, SQ, IM, IV, and ID).
Mandibular Blood Sampling
A PowerPoint presentation and video instructions on how to obtain a rodent blood sample via the submandibular vein.
Rat Intubation Procedure
Video instruction for insertion of ET tubes in rats for administration of inhalation anesthesia.
Rodent Oral Gavaging
Video instruction for insertion of gavage needles in rats for oral compound administration.
SQ Pump Implants in Rodents
Procedure for subcutaneous implantation of osmotic pumps, drug capsules or pellets, tumor fragments, or other materials that are free of microbial contaminants.
Working with the Laboratory Mouse
Multiple instructional videos from AALAS on various techniques for working with mice.
Recognizing Pain and Distress in Animals
Recognizing Pain in Animals (ILAR website)
Recognizing Post-Operative Pain in Animals (AHWLA tutorial videos)
Recognizing Pain and Distress in Lab Animals (AALAS Learning Library login required)
Resources for Breeding
Pup Chart (to determine age of mouse pups)