Audit

INSTRUCTIONS
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1. Select the Units you want to inspect and answer "Yes," "No," or "N/A" on the questions below.
2. Add photos and notes by clicking on the paperclip icon
3. To add a Corrective Action click on the paperclip icon then "Add Action," provide a description, assign to a member, set priority, and due date
4. Complete audit by providing digital signature
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AEC Meeting General Animal Facility Checklist has been developed using the following Guidelines:

• Animal Research Review Panel’s Guidelines for the Housing of Guinea Pigs in Scientific Institutions (No. 21, May 2006)
• Animal Research Review Panel’s Guidelines for the Housing of Rabbits in Scientific Institutions (No. 18 August 2003)
• Animal Research Review Panel’s Guidelines for the Housing of Mice in Scientific Institutions (No. 22 April 2012)

Select the Units you want to inspect
STORAGE WAREHOUSE

Is the Storage Warehouse clean and tidy

Is the hay and straw stored in a clean, dry, vermin-free, well-ventilated area to reduce the risk of post-purchase contamination

Is the pelleted food stored in a clean, dry, vermin-free, well-ventilated area to reduce the risk of post-purchase contamination

MICE NUCLEUS UNIT

This unit must be inspected first by 1-2 AEC members only. New boot covers and hair nets must be applied before entry

Is the room temperature between 20 and 26°C

Is the cage temperature between 20 and 26°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 40 and 70%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding changed weekly
• Sunflower seeds and paddle pop sticks on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, cages and water bottles in good condition to facilitate their purpose

Is the depth of the bedding (wood shavings) in all cages a minimum of 2cm

Are all cages provided with a sufficient amount of nesting material (shredded paper) and a hide

Are the mice housed at the correct stocking density
(Nucleus cage: Max. 6 mice/cage)

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

MICE BREEDER UNIT

Is the room temperature between 20 and 26°C

Is the cage temperature between 20 and 26°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 40 and 70%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding changed weekly
• Sunflower seeds and paddle pop sticks on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, cages and water bottles in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Is the depth of the bedding (wood shavings) in all cages a minimum of 2cm

Are all cages provided with a sufficient amount of nesting material (shredded paper) and a hide

Are the mice housed at the correct stocking density
(Breeder cage: Max. 1 breeding pair & pups/cage)

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

MICE WEANER UNIT

Is the room temperature between 20 and 26°C

Is the cage temperature between 20 and 26°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 40 and 70%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding changed weekly
• Sunflower seeds and paddle pop sticks on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, cages and water bottles in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Is the depth of the bedding (wood shavings) in all cages a minimum of 2cm

Are all cages provided with a sufficient amount of nesting material (shredded paper) and a hide

Are the mice housed at the correct stocking density
(Weaner cage: Max. 20 mice/cage)

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

MICE TEST UNIT

Is the room temperature between 20 and 26°C

Is the box temperature between 20 and 26°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 40 and 70%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding changed weekly
• Sunflower seeds and paddle pop sticks on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, cages and water bottles in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Is the depth of the bedding (wood shavings) in all cages a minimum of 2cm

Are all cages provided with a sufficient amount of nesting material (shredded paper) and a hide (only SN Test has hides)

Are the mice housed at the correct stocking density
(Test cage: Max. 6 mice/cage)

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

GUINEA PIG BREEDING UNIT

Is the room temperature between 18 and 24°C

Is the pen temperature between 18 and 24°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 40 and 70%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding changed weekly
• Vitamin C and fresh cabbage on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, pens and water drinkers in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Can the animals perform the following behaviours:

• Social interaction
• Gnawing / chewing – wooden block
• Locomotion (tunneling, exploration and play)
• Hiding / resting.

Are the guinea pigs housed at the correct stocking density
(Breeding pens: Max. 1M 12F guinea pigs/pen and young)

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

GUINEA PIG WEANER UNIT

Is the room temperature between 18 and 24°C

Is the cage temperature between 18 and 24°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 40 and 70%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding changed weekly
• Vitamin C and fresh cabbage on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, cages and water bottles in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Can the animals perform the following behaviours:

• Social interaction
• Gnawing / chewing – wooden block
• Locomotion (tunneling, exploration and play)
• Hiding / resting.

Are the guinea pigs housed at the correct stocking density
(Weaner pens: Max. 17 guinea pigs/floor pen or Max. 4 guinea pigs/cage)

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number correct

GUINEA PIG TEST UNIT

Is the room temperature between 18 and 24°C

Is the cage temperature between 18 and 24°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 40 and 70%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding changed weekly
• Vitamin C and fresh cabbage on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, cages and water bottles in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Can the animals perform the following behaviours:

• Social interaction
• Gnawing / chewing – wooden block
• Locomotion (tunneling, exploration and play)
• Hiding / resting.

Are the guinea pigs housed at the correct stocking density
(Test cage: Max. 3 guinea pigs/cage)

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

RABBIT BREEDING UNIT - Culas & Super

This requires shower in to inspect this unit and needs to be carried out on separate day

Is the room temperature between 15 and 21°C

Is the relative ambient humidity between 45 and 65%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding/trays changed weekly
• Carrots, cabbage and lucerne hay given on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, pens and water drinkers in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Are all cages/floor pens provided with a sufficient amount of nesting material (wood shavings and straw) and a hide/pipes

Are the rabbits housed at the correct stocking density
(Breeding pens: Max. 9 rabbits/pen)

Do all rabbits have access to a wooden block for chewing for environmental enrichment

Are all rabbits individually identified by an ear tag and/or tattoo

Are all cages/pens labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

Do all breeding pens have a nesting box per female rabbit

Do all caged rabbits have visual and olfactory contact with other rabbits

RABBIT WEANER UNIT

Is the room temperature between 15 and 21°C

Is the pen temperature between 15 and 21°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 45 and 65%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding/trays changed weekly
• Carrots, cabbage and lucerne hay given on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, pens and water drinkers in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Are all pens provided with a sufficient amount of nesting material (wood shavings and straw) and a hide/pipes

Are the rabbits housed at the correct stocking density
(Weaner pens: Max. 8 rabbits/pen)

Do all rabbits have access to a wooden block for chewing for environmental enrichment

Are all rabbits individually identified by an ear tag and/or tattoo

Are all pens labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

Do all caged rabbits have visual and olfactory contact with other rabbits

RABBITS TEST UNIT

Is the room temperature between 15 and 21°C

Is the cage temperature between 15 and 21°C (use external probe)

Is the relative ambient humidity between 45 and 65%

Is the radio working and the volume at a reasonable volume for the animals

Is the animal monitoring sheet been completed satisfactory:

• Animals checked daily
• Bedding/trays changed weekly
• Carrots, cabbage and lucerne hay given on a weekly basis
• Animals under treatment on separate monitoring sheet

Are all internal lights, cages and water bottles in satisfactory condition to facilitate their purpose

Are the rabbits housed at the correct stocking density
(Test cage: Max. 1 rabbit/cage)

Do all rabbits have access to a wooden block for chewing and dumb bells for environmental enrichment

Are all rabbits individually identified by an ear tag and/or tattoo

Are all cages labelled and have AEC number and animal identification number present

Do all caged rabbits have visual and olfactory contact with other rabbits

Other comments and Outcome

Details

SIGNATORY
Inspector Name and Signature:
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.