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Husbandry and Care Records

Date adopted: February 14, 2006

Last updated : March 12, 2012


The University of Montana (UM) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requires that animal husbandry and care records be kept for at least three years after termination of the activity.  This time frame is in compliance with policies for the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).  All records must be available on demand for inspection by UM officials or officials from regulatory agencies.

Policy Procedures

  • Animal Health Records
    • USDA regulated species
      • Animals-on-hand (form # 7019) log in HSB009
      • Individual animal health records
        • rabbits, guinea pig, naked mole rats HSB009
        • hamsters (binder in animal housing room HSB005A)
        • sheep (all records kept at IHI except post-op records which are kept with the sheep while in the facility)
      • Individual surgical records
        • guinea pigs (HSB016A)
        • sheep (same as above)
      • Sheep at farm on experimental protocols
        • daily records are kept in tack room
    • Non-USDA regulated species
      • Veterinary health records
        • logs in HSB009 and SB041
      • Bird health records
        • Records at the Research Station at Fort Missoula (main office)
      • Serology records
        • mouse quarantine, rats, rabbits
          • records in HSB009 and IACUC web site
        • SPF mice
          • records in SB041 and IACUC web site
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
    • Updated versions of SOPs are electronically available on the IACUC or LAR web site
    • Compliance logs are maintained in the office of the IACUC Coordinator