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THE INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE (IACUC)

INFORMATION & INSTRUCTIONS FOR IACUC APPLICATIONS

6. LOCATION OF ANIMALS

All locations where animals are housed or brought must be listed on the applicationunless animals are housed with LARC. In that case, it is not necessary for the PI to list the building or room, as LARC makes the assignment.

When renewing protocols, the Principal Investigator should note any proposed changes in location of animal housing or experimentation unless animals are housed with LARC.

Laboratory Housing: It is longstanding UCSF policy that research animals be maintained in the LARC. If there are special reasons for keeping research animals in individual laboratories for more than 12 hours, a completed "Request Form to Use Laboratory Housing or Extended Study Areas for Research Animals" must be submitted to the IACUC. Please see IACUC Policy on Laboratory Housing and Study Areas for Research Animals.

Approved Survival Surgery Locations: Per federal regulations, major survival surgery in mammals other than rodents, i.e., "surgery in which a body cavity is entered, or any procedure which produces permanent impairment of physical or physiological functions," must be carried out with sterile techniques in an approved surgical facility. For locations, contact the IACUC office. Survival surgery on rodents can be carried out elsewhere, but must be done under aseptic conditions using sterile instruments and surgical gloves to help prevent clinical infection. For large animal surgery, please see policy on certification and notification. Investigators using large animal species that return to the LARC recovery room following major survival surgery should contact a LARC Nursing Supervisor prior to conducting surgery to arrange for assistance with recovery room procedures.