Procedure for Charles River Campus: Laboratory Animal Care Facility
The standard card is the Stock or Researcher card, to be filled out as indicated. Any research information should also be added, e.g., daily injections of an experimental material, route, amount, person.
The Sick Animal card should be placed on any cage with a sick animal, and this should be done by LACF or research staff. All details should be filled out. This should be called to the attention of the LACF staff if reported by the researcher group. This will then be reported to the veterinarian. Or, if a treatment will be put in place by LACF staff if already an accepted procedure.
When an animal has had surgery, regained sternal recumbancy, and been returned to a cage, it should receive a Post-Surgical Watch card with all the relevant information filled out. Please do not use abbreviations for types of surgery unless you have already provided it to the LACF/Veterinary Services.
The In Treatment card is placed on the cage with directions on what is to be done. This information is usually provided in conjunction with the veterinarian. Include any dosage information, route, frequency, etc. All info is to be filled out. This should include all dates of treatments and the initials of the person who does the treatments.
When treatments have ended and the animal is considered to be healthy, this is noted on the card, and then these sick- and treatment-related cards are to be moved to the back of the cage card holder, behind the Stock/Researcher card.
On a daily basis, there should be a date, initials, and a brief summary of the health of the animal. Once the animal has been considered recovered and healthy for at least two days, daily sign-off is no longer needed. These daily watches should be recorded by the research staff.