Policy & Procedure for Animal Transfer to/from BU Biomedical Imaging

Guidelines

Researchers who bring animals into the Center for Biomedical Imaging from outside sources are required to follow these guidelines, which are designed to:

  1. Ensure the safety of laboratory personnel
  2. Ensure the well-being of lab animals
  3. Ensure the well-being of existing animal colonies at BU

Each investigator must be versed in these guidelines before bringing animals to the center, and must maintain current certification.

Please also see the IACUC Policy for Animal Monitoring in the Center for Biomedical Imaging.

Certification is currently handled by:

Dr. Ron Killiany
killiany@bu,edu
617-638-8082

The following procedures ensure the safety of humans who work in or visit the center:

  1. Animal and human studies will be scheduled at different time points to minimize the potential contact between species.
  2. Animal use at the center is limited to the preparation room and the scanning room itself.
  3. Each animal study will need a separate approval from the BUMC-IACUC and the CBI Steering Committee before any surgery and/or MRI scan can be scheduled. The preparation room should be used for all procedures (such as shaving, IV cannulation, intubation) that might involve significant release of body fluids or dander.
  4. Each researcher is responsible for cleaning/disinfecting the scan room and preparation room immediately upon conclusion of the scan. Research teams should include one person responsible for animal handling/monitoring and one person responsible for cleanup.
  5. Center personnel (including the MR technician) are not allowed to work in the same room as an animal unless they appear as an approved person on a BUMC-IACUC protocol.
  6. In addition to the requirement for training in MRI safety, all personnel must be certified by CBI for animal use. This is achieved by taking a short training course that will orient them to the facilities, equipment and procedures used at BUMC.

The following procedures ensure the well being of experimental animals: Note: Animal researchers must have current approvals from the BUMC IACUC and from their home institution for their studies, including for transport and scanning.

Access

Animal access to the center is by one of two routes:

  1. Animals may arrive at the 650 Albany St. loading dock, and be transported via the service elevator to the center.
  2. Animals may arrive at the 700 Albany St. loading dock, and be transported via the service elevator to the 6th floor corridor, across the enclosed bridge to the 650 Albany St. building, and down the service elevator to the center.

Animals are not to be brought in through the public entrances of either building.

Transport

Animals must arrive in a transport enclosure designed to:

  • Not to let any dander or allergens escape to the environment
  • Shield the animal from view
  • Allow adequate protection from escape (usually via a double enclosure) and adequate monitoring of animal condition
  • Independently meet any special animal care needs for heat, ventilation, etc. as specified in the animal protocol.

Animal transport containers must prevent public viewing of animals. The carrier must protect the animals from environmental conditions.
Researchers must be able to maintain their animal in the transport enclosure in the event the preparation room is not available when they arrive. Animals are not to be held in any transport enclosure for more than 12 hours.

Preparation Room

The preparation room is limited for use to prep one animal at a time. Researchers must ensure that adequate time exists before and after their study so as not to interfere with an incoming animal.

Veterinary Care

For animals that are to be anesthetized or subjected to a procedure, veterinary assistance must be available in case of unforeseen medical complications. Investigators must either come with veterinary assistance, or pre-arrange with Boston University Animal Science Center (BU ASC) if a veterinarian on call is desired.

Regulations

These regulations are designed to prevent animals from coming into contact with other animals, either from BUMC colonies, or from outside. In the event of accidental contact with an outside animal, animals residing in the BUMC colony must undergo standard quarantine procedures before re-entering the colony.

Contact Information

Ron J. Killiany, PhD
Director, Boston University Center for Biomedical Imaging
70 Albany Street, W701
Boston, MA 02118
617-638-8082 (phone)
617-638-4922 (fax)
killiany@bu.edu

BU IACUC Approved October 2008, Revised January 2014