Vertebrate animal species arriving from outside the UW-Madison campus must have a minimum of 72 hours to stabilize, acclimate and recover from shipping stress prior to use in any survival procedure.
Acclimation periods shorter than 72 hours may be used with scientific justification and IACUC approval or with approval from an RARC or WNPRC veterinarian.
A minimum acclimation period is not required for animals intended for use after intra-campus transport or in non-survival procedures; it is however strongly recommended animals receive at least 72 hours post-transport acclimation prior to use in a research protocol.
An RARC or WNPRC veterinarian may extend the acclimation period or deny the use of an animal if in their professional judgement there are medical or animal-welfare concerns.
Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources (U.S.) 2011. Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.
Obernier, J.A. and Baldwin, R.L. Establishing an Appropriate Period of Acclimatization Following Transportation of Laboratory Animals. 2006. ILAR Journal, Volume 47, Issue 4: 64-369
Toth, L.A. and January, B. Physiological Stabilization of Rabbits After Shipping. 1990. Lab Anim Sci 40: 384-387
Guidelines for the Humane Transportation of Research Animals. 2006. National Academies Press.
Author: C. Patten Jr., RARC veterinary unit ePublication Date: 2/2015 History: Original 2/2015; Amended 7/2017, Amended 11/2019