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Prioritization of Animals

Prioritization of Animals

If a disaster limits viable housing and resources, the DAR Director and/or veterinarians will assess animal colonies to determine priority status affecting distribution of resources. Factors to consider include:


  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Agricultural species
  • Rabbits
  • Rodents
  • Non-mammal (fish, frog, reptile)


  • Ability to replace animals—unique species or genotype
  • Duration of study
  • Availability of study materials


  • Environmental extremes
  • Security


  • Ability to relocate


  • Containment practices

Consultation with Research Personnel

When possible, principal investigators or personnel named on an animal use protocol will be consulted when animals are not severely injured and/or suffering but that a DAR veterinarian believes cannot be cared for under the circumstances and/or should no longer be maintained as a research, testing or teaching animal.

Provision of First Aid or Treatment to Animals

DAR veterinarians—or animal care or research staff under the direction of a DAR veterinarian—may proceed with first aid or treatment of animals that are injured but do not require euthanasia.