Check out our Getting Started Section for a look at what it takes to get into a vivarium. One must complete IACUC training, enroll in the Occupational Health Program, and be listed as personnel on an approved protocol. Once those three trainings are complete, the final step is a Facility Orientation Training with the Facility Manager or designee. The Facility Manager or designee will notify the appropriate OAR personnel to grant access within 48 hours.
Before a visitor (anyone who is not on an approved protocol) can enter a vivarium, permission must be granted by the Facility Manager and Operations Manager. Once approved, the visitor must sign in on the Visitor Log posted in the entrance of each facility, and must be escorted at all times. All visitors must be over the age of 18 years old.
It is important that all persons that enter a vivarium read the potential hazards of working with animals. Some of that information can be found here.
AALAS, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, is a professional organization that advances responsible laboratory animal care and use to benefit people and animals. Research institutes can request AALAS to examine their facilities and practices. After evaluation, the research institute can become AAALAC accredited.
Yes, participation is highly encouraged for both veteran and new members. There are annual meetings of the Mile High Branch of AALAS. Several awards, which are based off of nominations (nominate your co-workers or yourself!), are given each year. There is a quarterly newsletter that is sent to all MHB members.
Yes! Boulder received AAALAC accreditation in June of 2018.
Our Services and Rates page lists the current per diems. Per diems are charges for the basic care of animals. Per diems pay for: monitoring the health of every animal on campus 365 days a year, cage changes as required by the volume of the enclosure, the number of animals within, and the type of rack used, food and water which are monitored with health checks, and most basic supplies. OAR also offers special services, which are typically billed on a pro re nata basis.
All vivaria at CU Boulder have cage washers to clean supplies, and most autoclave supplies that come in contact with animals. OAR maintains a rigorous sanitiation schedule.
Sentinel monitoring is a large part of our health monitoring program. Every 3 months we collect our sentinel animals and test for adventitious pathogens and parasites. Every rack of animals has one sentinel enclosure. During regular cage changes, one scoop of bedding from each enclosure is placed into the sentinel enclosure. Through this method, we expose the sentinels to any pathogen or parasite that may exist on a rack.
In TOPAZ Elements: Animal Orders/Create New Order/ Select the "Import Request Form", complete and submit.
Refer to the Export Animals Form on the 'Forms' page of the OAR Website. Complete and submit.
Animal orders placed with routine vendors (Jackson Labs, Taconic, Charles River, & Harlan) arrive every Monday. OAR staff will receive and house the animals, then notify the appropriate personnel that their animals have arrived.
Animal orders from non-routine vendors (from other research institutes) can arrive on any weekday. The exact date and time is determined by the two institutes' import/export coordinators, with input and recommendations from both PI's.
Routine approved vendors:
These animals are housed directly into all campus animal facilities upon arrival.
Conditionally approved vendors:
These animals can be housed directly into conventional campus animal facilities after review and approval of their most recent health report by the veterinarians. They must pass through quarantine testing before they are permitted into any barrier animal facility.
Non-standard imports (animals received from any external University or research center not listed above):
All animals will be quarantined and tested before release and housing into Boulder animal facilities. Veterinary review and approval is required before an import is scheduled.
To ensure animals arrive on Monday, orders should be placed by 12pm the Wednesday* before they are scheduled to arrive. All animal orders from rutne vendors and and conditionally approved vendors should be placed in Topaz.
*Orders from NIA should be placed by 12pm the Monday before they are scheduled to arrive.
Typically, vivaria staff leave by 6 pm each day. Light cycles determine how late personnel may enter. Most vivaria have 7-7 light cycles, but check with your Facility Manager to see how late you can stay.
After hours access is limited to those with a scientific need in order to minimize stress to the animals.
A wide variety of trainings are offered through the Office of Animal Resources. Our Veterinary Technician(s) coordinates most training sessions. Fill out the Training Request Form to request specific trainings.
Our Veterinary Technician will order these for you*. Before they can order your drugs or supplies, they will need the following bits of information:
- A SpeedType to which the bill can be charged
- The name of the Principle Investigator
- Item name/quantity/concentration
*Please note that a 30% handling/service fee will apply for such orders.
Contact your facility manager for Manual Cage Cards. Please note that manual cage cards are for cage creation/identification only, an Animal Usage Report will need to be submitted when the animals are weaned to deduct the correct number of animals from the protocol.
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No, Per diem charges start when an animal order, weaned cage, or transfer isreceived in the system. The charges automatically calculate daily until the cage card is deactivated. The scanning process only reconciles the cages to what is in the system.
Per diem charges pay a portion of the operating budget for the animal facilities including food, bedding, and other supplies for animal care; animal health monitoring; maintenance & repair of equipment in the animal facilities and salaries for animal care staff. Some things per diems do NOT cover include upper management salaries for OAR, the administrative operating budget for OAR, IACUC Administrative and Operating Costs and the purchase and annual support of Topaz Elements.