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FAQs about Research Animals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
At this time, all animal facilities and RARC veterinary care are fully staffed and performing animal care as usual with social distancing measures in place.
Q: May I continue to use research animals?
A: YES - if your lab has permission through the Research Reboot process to resume research.
Q: Will my research animals in the facility receive food, water and veterinary care?
A: All animal care technicians and veterinary staff are considered “essential personnel” and are currently providing animal care and husbandry as usual, with social distancing restrictions in place.
Q: How do I mark my high-priority mouse/rat cages in the animal facility?
A: Your facility manager can provide you with cage cards to mark high-priority animals, if you would like to do so.
Q: Can I set up breeding cages for my animals?
A: Yes, breeding is allowed at this time.
Q: When will the animal ordering ban be lifted?
A: The ordering ban has been lifted. If your lab has received permission to resume research under the Research Reboot process, you may order animals as usual.
Q: Do animal facilities have enough PPE?
A: Check with your facility manager to see if there is enough PPE. To conserve PPE, please limit entry to animal facilities and complete tasks with the fewest number of people required.
Q: How can I get hands-on animal training?
A: Please contact the RARC trainers: email@example.com if your research is restarting and you will need to work with animals within a month.
Q: Will I need to complete hands-on training within 30 days of being added to a protocol?
A: The complete-by date for hands-on training has been extended to November 1, 2020. However, if you will be working with your animals within a month, please contact the RARC trainers: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a one-on-one training session.