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Guidelines for Implementation of DAR Policy on Import of Rodents

Guidelines for Implementation of DAR Policy on Import of Rodents

The process for implementing the IACUC policy regarding the import of rodents to campus is outlined below. 

Guidelines for Implementation

  1. Download the Animal Request and Animal Import Request forms.
  2. Provide all requested information and submit completed forms electronically to DAR via email. If someone other than the UI investigator submits the form, the UI investigator must be copied on the emailed submission:
  3. Upon receipt of the completed forms, the DAR central office will verify the information with the current IACUC protocol. Confirmation of approved requests will be emailed to the UI research staff and the DAR import/export coordinator.
  4. DAR will work directly with the originating institution’s laboratory animal veterinarian or import/export coordinator to gather the required health information. In most cases, the last 12 months of colony and facility health surveillance data is sufficient. However, additional testing or information may be requested.
  5. DAR vet staff will review health surveillance data to verify acceptable monitoring practices and potential pathogen exposure. Approval to ship animals will be sent by DAR in writing to the originating institution’s veterinarian or import/export coordinator.
  6. The UI investigator and RQF staff will be notified promptly of the approval to ship.
  7. Import/export coordinator will coordinate shipping.
  8. Once animals are received in the RQF facility they will be subject to routine microbial monitoring. Access to RQF is restricted to DAR staff unless authorized by DAR veterinarian.
  9. Each UI investigator is notified via letter at the start of quarantine outlining costs associated with the RQF.

Please note it could take several weeks to gather all information needed to approve an import request. Allow time for processing as well as the typical 8 weeks of quarantine before the use of these animals will be required.

View the Policy for more infomation. 

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