Animal Protocol Review


  • List personnel approved on the Animal Protocol:

  • Do any personnel need to be removed?

  • List personnel to be removed:

  • Do any personnel need to be added?

  • List personnel to be added:


  • Are there any concerns or issues with the anesthetic regime?

  • Discuss any concerns or issues:

  • Discuss what needs updating.


  • Are there any concerns or issues with the analgesic regime?

  • Discuss any concerns or issues:

  • Discuss what needs updating.


  • Are there any concerns or issues with the antibiotic regime?

  • Discuss any concerns or issues:

  • Discuss what needs updating.

Justification of Non-pharmaceutical Grade Drugs, Reagents, and Compounds:

  • Are all drugs, reagents, and compounds pharmaceutical grade?

  • Is the use of non-pharmaceutical grade drugs, reagents, and/or compounds justified in the animal protocol?

  • The animal protocol must be amended to justify the use of non-pharmaceutical grade drugs, reagents, and/or compounds.


  • Are animal euthanasia methods in compliance with Federal regulations and IACUC policy and guidelines?

  • Explain the non-compliant issue(s):

  • Explain the update that is needed.

  • Are the physical methods to confirm euthanasia in compliance with Federal regulations and IACUC policy and guidelines?

  • Explain the non-compliant issue(s):

  • Discuss what needs updating.

Animal Protocol and Procedure Review:

  • Concerns or issues with sections of the Animal Protocol, or listed procedures:

  • Protocol and procedures
  • Are there any concerns or issues with sections of the Animal Protocol, or listed procedures?

  • Discuss concerns or issues:

  • Discuss what needs updating.

Social Housing of Social Species

  • Are animals single-housed for experimental purposes?

  • Is the single-housing of the animals justified in the Animal Protocol?

  • The Animal Protocol will need to be amended to justify single housing of a social species.

Animal Protocol Comprehension

  • Questions to assess protocol comprehension

  • Assessment
  • Question to assess AP comprehension

  • Did the lab person give the correct answer?


  • Did the lab personnel give the wrong answer?

  • Answer to question.

Laboratory Site Visit

Use of Anesthesia for Non-surgical Procedures

  • Are anesthetics used for non-surgical survival procedures?

  • Is an anesthetic/procedure log kept for non-surgical survival procedures?

  • Complete records include:

  • Date

  • AP number

  • PI Name

  • Animal ID(s)

  • Animal Weight(s)

  • Procedure being performed

  • Injectable anesthetic used

  • Dose and route

  • Time of induction

  • Time of recovery

  • Post-procedure monitoring ( per AP)

  • You must begin keeping the required anesthesia records.

Use of Special Caging or Equipment

  • Is any special equipment, caging, or devices used with the animals?

  • Special equipment, caging, or devices used:

  • Special Equipment/Caging/Devices
  • Is the special equipment/caging/device located in the OAR vivarium?

  • List equipment/device and its location:

  • Is the special equipment/caging/device clean and disinfected after each use?

  • Are the animals monitored when the equipment/caging/device is in use?

  • Explain why animals are not monitored:

Survival/Non-survival Surgery:

  • Are either survival or non-survival surgeries being performed?

  • Are surgical procedures performed outside the OAR vivarium?

  • List locations where surgeries are performed?

Drugs, Reagents, and Controlled Substances:

  • Are all drugs and reagents administered to animals within their expiration date?

  • List expired drugs and reagents:

  • Are controlled substances stored per DEA regulations and Institutional guidelines?

  • Are all the necessary records being kept for controlled substance use?

  • Biennial Inventory

  • Purchase Records and Invoices

  • Distribution/Daily Use Log

  • Waste/Destruction/Disposal

  • Theft/Loss

  • List of Personnel Granted Access to CS Lockbox

  • Limited Power of Attorney for Purchasing/Disposing of CS

  • SOP for transportation of controlled substances

  • Animal Protocol of lab(s) controlled substances are provided to

  • Is a special diet administered to the animals?

  • Is the diet stored in the OAR?

  • Is the food stored correctly?

  • Is the food still within its expiration date?

  • Is the lab keeping a husbandry log of when food is checked and changed?

Food and Water Restrictions

  • Is food and/or water restricted or withheld from animals?

  • Is the duration that food/water is restricted or withheld < 12 hours?

  • What is the duration of food and/or water restriction?

  • Is body weight measured and recorded at least weekly ( more frequently if restriction is more severe)?

  • Explain why body weight is not measured and recorded:

  • Is food ( or water, if restricted) consumption measured and recorded daily?

  • Explain why food ( or water) consumption is not measured:

Transportation of Animals Outside of the OAR Vivarium:

  • Are animals transported outside of the OAR vivarium?

  • Are animals and cages covered during transport from the OAR vivarium?

  • Are animals, animal carcasses, empty cages, and caging supplies covered during transport back to the OAR vivarium?

  • How long are animals kept outside the OAR vivarium?

  • List location animals are kept:

Lab Spaces Where Animals Are Utilized (Non-surgical Spaces)

  • Is non-surgical animal procedure space located in the OAR vivarium?

  • Is non-surgical animal procedure space shared with other labs?

  • List other labs sharing the space:

  • Is the procedure space clean and disinfected after each use?

  • Discuss what the issue(s) is (are):

  • Is the procedure space uncluttered?

  • Add media

  • Is a sharps container present?

  • Are there biohazard waste containers?

  • Is CO2 used for euthanasia in the Lab?

  • Is the gas cylinder secured appropriately?

  • Does the CO2 gas cylinder have a flow meter attached to it?

  • Is proper PPE used when working with animals?

  • Proper PPE is lab coats/surgical gowns/surgical scrubs, and gloves. It may also include: eye protection, ear protection, and respiratory protection.

  • Are lab coats laundered on a regular basis?

  • Are volatile anesthetics used for non-surgical procedures?

  • Is a vaporizer or drop jar used to administer the anesthetic?

  • Has the vaporizer been recalibrated or recertified in the past year?

  • Are they anesthetic gases scavenged?

  • How are gases scavenged?

  • Has the scavenging canister been weighed and labeled with its initial weight, and the date it is put into service?

  • Does the canister or a log sheet have a record of the date of use and the measurement of the canister's weight?

  • Are animals prevented from coming into direct contact with the anesthetic?

  • Are the anesthetic gases scavenged?

  • Is the guillotine sharp and tight fitting?

  • Have all members of the lab who work with animals read the entire contents of the Animal Protocol?

Cleaning/Disinfecting Animal Procedure Areas:

  • Are animal procedure areas clean and disinfected?

  • Do the disinfectants used have expiration dates?

  • Is the disinfectant within its expiration date?

  • Is the disinfectant labeled with an expiration date?

  • When are disinfectants used?

  • Are instructions posted for making/using disinfectants?

  • The site visit is completed.

Protocol Review and Site Visit Report

  • Are the animals utilized in this protocol USDA covered species?

  • This protocol review and site visit report incorporates the Annual IACUC Animal Protocol Review required by the USDA.

  • Thank you for facilitating this protocol review and site visit. This report is a summary of any proposed amendments and any requirements or recommendations to correct observations and areas of concern identified during the protocol review and laboratory site visit.

    Any procedures that are not outlined in the Animal Protocol (AP) or any discrepancies or conflicts between the AP and current laboratory procedures are summarized below in either the "Proposed Amendments" section, or the "Concerns to Address" and "Significant Deficiencies" sections. Please understand that not all discrepancies or negative responses are considered to be a non-compliance of a requirement.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact (Name), the IACUC Training & Compliance Coordinator at (xxx-xxxx)or by e-mail at (e-mail address).

Proposed Amendments:

  • Are there any proposed amendments?

  • There are no proposed amendments at this time.

  • To amend a protocol:

    The PI (or designee) must modify the most current approved Animal Protocol with the new information in red text.
    > Remember to modify responses to all related number sections of the protocol.
    > If removing text, indicate with a strike through
    > Be sure to change the color of any previously approved amendment text to blue or black.
    E-mail the modified Animal Protocol to
    > Include in the e-mail text: PI name, AP number(s) to be amended, and list of sections which have been modified.

  • List proposed amendments:

Concerns to Address:

  • Are there any concerns that need to be addressed?

  • There are no concerns to be addressed at this time.

  • List concerns to be addressed:

Significant Deficiencies:

  • Are the any significant deficiencies?

  • There are no significant deficiencies.

  • List significant deficiencies:

Corrective Actions:

  • Are there any corrective actions that need to be taken?

  • No corrective actions need to be taken.

  • Per USDA regulations, corrective actions for any Significant Deficiencies that affects the health or safety of a USDA covered species must be completed within a specified time which is to be determined by the Institutional Official (IO), the IACUC Chair, the University Attending Veterinarian (AV), the IACUC Director, and the OAR Clinical Veterinarians.

    Corrective actions for Concerns to Address are to be completed by mm/dd/2017 and the IACUC Training & Compliance Coordinator should be contacted by e-mail (e-mail address) and informed that the corrective actions have been completed.

  • List the corrective actions:

Recommended Actions:

  • Are there any recommended actions?

  • There are no recommended actions at this time.

  • Recommended actions are not requirements, but rather suggestions for better laboratory practices, and/or advice to help comply with regulatory policies and guidelines

  • List recommended actions:


  • Site visit rating:

  • General comments and notes:

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