Animal Transport

Last Review Date: November 27, 2017


I.  Shipment of Animals

All animal delivery companies are approved delivery service providers. LAR will only allow entrance of mammals or birds from other institutions that can provide information about the genetics and pathogen status OR a Health Certificate from their Attending Veterinarian. The UM Attending Veterinarian will review all animal health records in advance of approving shipments of animals. For all species, whether SPF, conventional, or wildlife, all appropriate regulations and permits for transport are followed or obtained.

II.  Shipment Methods

  1. Rodent shipments from commercial vendors are typically shipped to Seattle via air and then transported to UM in the vendor’s environmentally-controlled truck
  2. Dwarf hamster and rabbits are usually shipped by air to Missoula or Bozeman, MT and delivered by a local delivery service contracted by World Courier or Midnight Express.
  3. Animals shipped between UM and other Institutions are transported by a commercial carrier such as World Courier.
  4. Adult Betta splendens are purchased from a commercial vendor and shipped via the U.S. Postal Service

III.  Wildlife Transport Within and Into Montana

  1. Wild small mammals trapped in Montana may be transported in their covered traps in the back of a covered pickup truck to UM (1-15 miles) for brief testing and release back to the point of capture.
  2. Wild birds may be captured and transported in covered cages in a covered pickup truck for testing at the Field Research Station Fort Missoula. After testing, birds are released at their point of capture or they are euthanized.
  3. Wild small mammals or birds trapped outside of Montana must receive a health inspection by a veterinarian designated in their AUP prior to shipment to UM.

IV.  Animal Transport on the University of Montana Campus

Non-infected animals may be transported in their covered cages through public hallways and elevators.  Cages are lightly misted with Rescue RTU and placed on a rolling cart and covered with a clean lab coat or drape for transport. The cart and wheels are sprayed with Rescue RTU before entering or exiting the animal facilities.

V.  Procedure for LAR Acceptance of Animals

It is the responsibility of the LAR Staff to accept animals from carriers, to do the required paperwork and filing, and to let the investigator(s) know their animals have arrived.

  1. Sign for the animals from the approved delivery service
    1. Write name of investigators on the delivery receipt.
    2. Put receipt in supervisor's box.
  2. Record species, number of animals, date, company and investigator in Transportation Log (Health Science Office)
  3. Find the copy of the order form on Ordering Clipboard (Health Science Office)
    1. Make sure it matches the animals received
    2. File in "Animal Order Forms Received" file in cabinet of Health Science Office
  4. Locate Packing Slip on the animal boxes received
  5. Place Health Records in "Animal Health Certificate" file (Health Science Building), if applicable
  6. USDA animal health records are placed in USDA Records notebook and species-specific animal health records notebook
  7. Call or e-mail investigator(s) to let them know animal has arrived and record phone call-in phone log
  8. Non-infected animals may be transported in their covered cages through public hallways and elevators to their intended housing area
  9. Cages are lightly misted with Rescue RTU and placed on a rolling cart and covered with a clean drape for transport. The cart and wheels are sprayed with Rescue RTU before entering or exiting the animal facilities
    1. Drape is found in each animal lab
    2. Recycle drape after each use (leave in dirty cage wash area for LAR to autoclave)
  10. Dispose of animal shipping containers in dumpster unless saving for outgoing shipping containers
  11. If saving containers, wash containers in HS cage washer and store in HS007 clean storage room