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Policy: Exporting Laboratory Animals

Policy: Exporting Laboratory Animals


The University of Illinois investigator will provide the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) with information required to produce a health status report and contact information for the receiving institution’s veterinarian or import/export coordinator and the receiving investigator. Animal Export Request Forms specifying required information are available on DAR’s forms webpage. The investigator will hold shipment of animals pending notification from DAR that the receiving institution has agreed to accept the shipment.

DAR will provide the investigator with an Animal Export Request Form. When provided with a completed form, the DAR will produce, fax, and mail a health status report within five business days. DAR will notify the investigator and the unit supervisor when the receiving institution’s laboratory animal veterinary office agrees to accept the shipment. The animal facility supervisor will work with the investigator to arrange shipping after export approval is received.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will oversee compliance with this policy.


Many institutions request/require a report on the health status of animals prior to receiving them. DAR will send a report of the health status of animals proposed for shipment to the laboratory animal veterinary office of the receiving institution. Notification of acceptance from the receiving institution’s laboratory animal veterinary office to DAR must be received before animals are shipped.

View the Guidelines for Implementing this Policy


Approved: 8/9/2001
Updated: 12/6/2016


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