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Animal Surgery Operating Rooms; a division of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine.


A machine used to sterilize items through the use of a combination of steam and pressure. Cycles should achieve a minimum temperature of 250°F as listed on the autoclave print out when the cycle is complete.

Autoclave Tape

Tape containing ink which indicates if an elevated temperature has been reached during an autoclave cycle. It should be noted that a change in color of the autoclave tape does not verify that the autoclave contents have been sterilized.

Autoclave Test Strip

A specialized visual indicator used to evaluate the effectiveness of an autoclave sterilization cycle. These strips provide a more reliable evaluation than the use of autoclave tape and do not require incubation.


American Veterinary Medical Association.


Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations (also known as "AWAR" or "AWA/AWR") are a set of standards for the humane care and treatment of mammals (except laboratory-bred rats and mice) involved in activities at government-registered research institutions.