Spotlight on Frontline Workers in Animal Care

June 16th, 2020

At the height of the pandemic shutdown, when businesses across the state remained closed and many were working from home, BU’s Animal Science Center had its lights on. The Animal Science Center (ASC) provides quality care to the thousands of animals enrolled in research projects at BU. While data acquisition... More

Memo: Lab Animal Per Diem Rate Changes

June 15th, 2020

  TO: Boston University Deans, Department Chairs, Principal Investigators, Department Administrators, and Grant Administrators FROM: Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Karen Antman, Provost, Medical Campus, and Dean, School of Medicine DATE: June 3, 2020 SUBJECT: Lab Animal Per Diem Rate Changes Boston University is committed to managing its animal care facilities as efficiently as possible and... More

Health Case Improvements from the Animal Science Center

April 9th, 2020

BU Animal Science Center (ASC) is introducing a few changes to improve how we manage rodent clinical cases. Treatment Exclusion Form: When we observe rodents with treatable health conditions, this form (completed by the investigator) will permit us to begin treatment under the oversight of the clinical veterinarian unless animals are... More

Memo: Animal Science Center Update on COVID-19, 3/23

March 26th, 2020

Dear Researcher, As stated in the March 23 message from the Office of the Provost, the Animal Science Center is asking all BU Investigators and Research Labs to end all non-critical work involving animals. ASC will be operating only to provide basic animal husbandry and veterinary oversight (feed, water, cage change, enrichment... More

BU ASC Vivarium Operational Changes effective Monday 3/23/2020

March 19th, 2020

Dear Researcher, To proactively manage our animal colonies and resources under the current and predicted restrictions posed by COVID-19, ASC is implementing the following changes within our vivaria effective Monday 3/23/2020: Reduced PPE in rodent areas: Working with EHS, ASC has created a plan to reduce the use of face masks, hairnets, More

COVID-19 Communication from ASC

March 17th, 2020

Dear Principal Investigators and Research Teams, We are following up on the memo sent out by the Office of Research (COVID-19 Update on Research Activity) related to preparing your laboratory to adapt to the impact of disruptions related to COVID-19. According to the guidance from the Office of Research, research involving critical... More

Animal Operations Update: Protocol Numbers

November 21st, 2019

This spring, BU’s Animal Science Center will be rolling out a new and improved electronic system, Animal Operations (AOps), to request animals, imports, exports, and veterinary services; reserve procedure space and equipment; and much more. The Animal Operations system will be integrated with the IACUC system. Both are part of... More

Reminder: New Animal Operations Software Coming in 2021

October 21st, 2019

Dear BU ASC Researcher, I am writing to let you know about changes that will be coming to BU’s Animal Science Center (ASC). We are in the process of implementing a new system that will impact many business processes. Animal Operations (AOps) is a new software system that will increase transparency and... More

New Animal Operations Software Coming in 2021

September 5th, 2019

Animal Operations (AOps) is a new software system that will increase transparency and efficiency in the BU Animal Science Center. Labs doing research in the ASC will use the new system to request animals, imports, exports, and veterinary services; reserve procedure space and equipment; and much more. The integrated, electronic... More

Memo: Lab Animal Per Diem Rate Changes, May 8, 2019

May 8th, 2019

TO: Boston University Deans, Department Chairs, Principal Investigators, Department Administrators, and Grant Administrators FROM: Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Karen Antman, Provost, Medical Campus, and Dean, School of Medicine DATE: May 8, 2019 SUBJECT: Lab Animal Per Diem Rate Changes Boston University is committed to managing its animal care facilities as efficiently as possible... More