Assignment of Animal Holding Space at UNMC

All reasonable efforts will be made by CM to meet the space needs of investigators without jeopardizing accreditation standards or the health and well-being of other animals. In general, animals will be separated by species rather than by investigator or department. Housing by species facilitates efficient servicing and care, and prevents the interspecies transmission of diseases. Animals must not be moved from one facility or from one room to another without the prior authorization of the CM Director. All animal holding, laboratory and surgery space are allocated to investigators and other qualified individuals in accordance with the following policy:

Highest to lowest priority

  • Long term holding of animals used in federally (or other overhead generating) funded research projects. A mouse life-time aging colony is an excellent example of such a project. Any changes in such a colony, including moving, mixing with other mice, etc., could jeopardize the entire study.
  • Federally funded grants which use animals requiring some special care. Many projects, with reverse light cycles, diabetic, immunosuppressed or irradiated mice would fall in this category, especially if the animals are held under such conditions for several weeks or months.
  • Federally funded grants with high turnover (low holding time) animal usage.
  • Other non-university funded grants.
  • Local and seed grants.
  • Departmental funded studies (other than teaching-service)

Users who have compatible species and compatible protocols in CM will usually be required to share rooms. If appropriate, animals assigned to projects in the lower priority groups will be housed in the same room whenever possible. Once a priority has been assigned to a project, it will not be changed for the duration of the funding period unless appropriate justification is provided. The implementation of these guidelines is the responsibility of the CM Director.

All animal holding and procedure areas must be maintained in a clean and orderly manner and furnished as simply as possible in order to facilitate orderliness, sanitation and vermin control. Investigators should not store supplies, equipment and other material in animal rooms without prior approval. Laboratory equipment may be moved into animal rooms only when scientific justification is provided and when approved by the Director of CM. Animal rooms should not be used for major surgery, necropsies, euthanasia or other involved procedures. Minor procedures such as injections or collection of samples may be conducted within the animal room.