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Records for Non-USDA Species Medical Care

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You may maintain animal records in three different formats:

Records must be readily available and accessible when veterinary staff or inspection personnel request to see them.

When making an entry into a medical record:

Rodents, birds, amphibians, fish, or reptiles that receive the same treatment as a group (e.g., same surgery with the same anesthetic regimen, identical experimental compounds administered) may have a colony record instead of an individual record for each animal.

Health records requirements:

Anesthesia records requirements

When performing anesthesia for non-surgical or surgical procedures, you must fill out the anesthesia monitoring record and add it the animal/colony records. For rodent surgeries, most labs will use a combined anesthesia/surgery record.

Include the following in your anesthesia records:

Rodent Anesthesia Monitoring

Other possible parameters to monitor during surgery:

After an anesthetic event, monitor the animal until fully recovered, i.e., until the animal can normally ambulate around the cage.

Note: Animals get cold under anesthesia; using a heating pad/lamp* during surgery and/or after surgery can help recovery. Remember that if you mention use of a heating device in the protocol you must use one.

* Always keep a barrier between the animal and the heating pad. This may be a towel or the cage. Provide a heated area and unheated area in the recovery cage. Only use heat lamps with bulbs designed for animal heat support.

Medical Records Retention

At UW-Madison, we maintain animal medical records for three years after the death or disposition of the animal.

 

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