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.

Medical Campus Policies Charles River Campus Policies

Procedures

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.

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Description of the identification technique used with rodents.

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Various routes of injection are described for administering substances or drugs to laboratory animals (includes specific instructions for IP, SQ, IM, IV, and ID).

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A PowerPoint presentation and video instructions on how to obtain a rodent blood sample via the submandibular vein.

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Video instruction for insertion of ET tubes in rats for administration of inhalation anesthesia.

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Video instruction for insertion of gavage needles in rats for oral compound administration.

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Procedure for subcutaneous implantation of osmotic pumps, drug capsules or pellets, tumor fragments, or other materials that are free of microbial contaminants.

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Multiple instructional videos from AALAS on various techniques for working with mice.

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Species-Specific Zoonoses

Information on preventative measures and possible diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

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Information on preventative measures and possible diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

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Information on preventative measures and possible diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

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Information on preventative measures and possible diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

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Recognizing Pain and Distress in Animals

Recognizing Pain in Animals (ILAR website)

Recognizing Post-Operative Pain in Animals (AHWLA tutorial videos)

Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals (ILAR)

Recognizing Pain and Distress in Lab Animals (AALAS Learning Library login required)

Resources for Breeding

Jackson Laboratory Colony Management and Breeding

Jackson Laboratory Nomenclature

Pup Chart (to determine age of mouse pups)

Jackson Laboratory Resources

Mouse Genome Informatics

Mouse Phenome Database

Mouse Strain Resource

Mouse Tumor Biology Database

Pathways to Discovery: Autoimmune Diseases

Jackson Laboratory Search Tool