Policies

Policy on Counting Animals Produced

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
May 7, 2024 11:00 am

This policy outlines the expectations for counting animals produced. An accurate animal count is required to fulfill federal obligations for reporting animal numbers and to ensure compliance with Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocols.

 
  • Purpose

    This policy outlines the expectations for counting animals produced. An accurate animal count is required to fulfill federal obligations for reporting animal numbers and to ensure compliance with Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocols.

     

  • Applicability

    This policy is applicable to all animal activities conducted under the auspices of the University, and applies to all locations, under the purview of the U-M IACUC.

  • Policy

    All animals produced must be counted and recorded according to the expectations outlined in the table below. These expectations have been established by the IACUC to ensure animal distress is minimized and federal regulations for counting animals are met.

    Animal When to Count Where to Record
    Rodents At weaning (if, prior to weaning, animals are found dead or euthanized for any reason they must also be counted) Barcode activation sheet
    Rabbits
    Tree shrews
    Larval Fish 7 days post-fertilization eRAM Non-traditional Acquisition Form
    Tadpoles When free swimming* eRAM Non-traditional Acquisition Form
    All other species At first observation after birth or hatching eRAM Non-traditional Acquisition Form

    *Exact timelines vary between species.

  • COMPLIANCE

    The provisions of this policy are under the direction and oversight of the U-M’s IACUC. The IACUC will, if necessary, suspend research or implement sanctions if policy infractions should occur.

Tags: Breeding
Questions?

For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research, Director of the Animal Care & Use Office, at acuoffice@umich.edu or (734) 763-8028.