General News

New FY17 animal care per diem rates take effect September 1

Thu, 1st September, 2016

FY17 animal care per diem rate increases went into effect on September 1, 2016. University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) has worked very hard to keep per diem increases to a minimum. The new FY17 per diem rates represent the increased costs associated with personnel and benefits, and reflect a 1.5% increase over FY16 rates. A change to note is the addition of charges for handling/cleaning of food jars for FY17.

Valerie Bergdall, institutional attending veterinarian and director of ULAR, and her staff will continue to find innovative ways to control costs and keep per diem rates as low as possible in the future. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Bergdall.

Category : General

AAALAC accreditation team on campus June 6-10

Tue, 3rd May, 2016

AAALAC International will be on campus June 6-10, 2016, for their triennial accreditation site visit. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. The team will be visiting all animal housing and animal use areas. Investigators whose labs will be included in the visit will be notified directly and provided with a tentative date for that visit. If you have questions, please contact iacucinfo@osu.edu or ularvet@osu.edu.

Category : General

New FY 2016 animal care per diem rates take effect September 1

Wed, 29th July, 2015

Animal care per diem rates will increase on September 1, 2015. University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) has worked very hard to keep per diem increases to a minimum. The new FY 2016 per diem rates represent the increased costs associated with personnel and benefits, and reflect a 3% increase over FY 2015 rates.

Valerie Bergdall, director of ULAR and her staff will continue to find innovative ways to control costs and keep per diem rates as low as possible in the future. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Bergdall.

 

Category : General / Rates and Fees

Holiday Delivery Schedule

Fri, 13th December, 2013

NIA

We will not schedule any deliveries the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

The order desk is closed between Christmas and New Years – any orders for the week of January 6, 2014 should be placed by December 19th to ensure it is processed by both the NIA office and the Contractor.

Harlan

No deliveries the week of Christmas.

Thursday 1/2/14 delivery for the week of New Year’s. Animals supplied from our Indianapolis barriers only.

Jackson

Christmas week:       Friday Dec 20,  regular ship& delivery

New Year: Week:     Friday Dec 20,  regular ship& delivery

Taconic

For both Holidays (Christmas and New Year’s) we will be delivering on Tuesday-only on those weeks (12/24 + 12/31).

NCI

Upcoming holidays we are still working out with Direct Services on how Christmas and New Year’s week will work out.

Veteran’s day  Nov. 11th everything will stay the besides that our office is closed.

Thanksgiving week Delivery will be the same with orders being delivered on Tuesday ~ We will be asking that orders by our 9:00 am Tuesday Morning that week.

Charles River

Christmas Week

All deliveries on Monday 12/23

New Year’s Week

Deliveries from Wilmington, Kingston, Raleigh or Canada on Monday 12/30

Deliveries from Portage on Monday 12/30 or Thursday 1/2/14

Category : General

Automated Census System

Wed, 5th December, 2012

The automated census system is now ready for roll-out, so we will be adding the census tab to the protocol workspace. The census information displayed in that tab is updated every night, and should accurately reflect the location of all your animals, how many cages you have, and what chartfield account they are allocated to. We have made every effort to help ensure this information is accurate and would appreciate you looking at this as well. Please report any inaccuracies to comeaux.5@research.osu.edu.

If you would like to update any chartfield information for your animal housing, you can easily do that with the transfer activity by choosing “account transfer” only.

We are planning to utilize the new system for generating our per diem billings for the January billing cycle. This will allow approximately 6 weeks for corrections before the January billing occurs. At that point, you will also see the invoice tab in your protocol workspace. Within this invoice space, the ULAR invoice by month for all animals housed on this protocol can be found.

Category : General

New! E-Protocol Handouts Now Available

Fri, 18th May, 2012

These are quick, one page instruction sheets on how to process animal orders and transfers. Click on Training>e-Protocol for more information!

Category : General

Animal handling and technique training

Mon, 11th July, 2011

Classes are provided by ULAR staff FREE OF CHARGE and are highly encouraged. ULAR offers scheduled classes, as well as individually scheduled sessions.

Before you register for training, please be sure that you are listed in the protocol and have completed all of the required training.

Category : General / Training

Animal care and use newsletter

Wed, 22nd June, 2011

The latest edition of the Animal Care and Use Newsletter is now available online.

  • Preventing protocol drift
  • Animal Handling and Technique Training
  • Recent News from the IACUC
  • Updated IACUC Policies
  • Need protocol preparation help?
  • What is Early Removal Criteria?
Category : General

Animal care and use guidelines updated

Tue, 24th May, 2011

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) recently finalized two new guidelines and revised several others.

The following new guidelines have been posted:

  • Housing and Veterinary Care of Aquatic Species:  The “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” contains a new section on using aquatic species. The new guideline outlines the use of these animals in research.
  • IACUC Member Conflict of Interest: The new quideline outlines the requirements that IACUC members must follow to ensure that there are no potential conflicts of interest during the review of protocols.

The following guidelines have been revised:

  • Changes to Approved Animal Use Protocols (Amendments): To meet regulatory agency requirements, any change of anesthetic agents is now considered a “significant” change.
  • Mouse Breeding Cages: The procedures for documenting litters and weaning animals has been updated. Additionally, ULAR veterinarians are now required to review all IACUC approved weaning age extensions beyond 21 days to ensure that the welfare of the animals is not compromised.
  • Genotyping of Rodents: The procedure for genotyping of rodents has been clarified.

Read  more

Category : General

Compliance with NIH Regulations Over Transgenic Animal Purchase or Generation

Tue, 13th May, 2008

Since The Ohio State University receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, the OSU research community must comply with The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. In order to comply with these NIH Guidelines, the purchase or generation of transgenic animals, including rodents, requires registration or protocol submission to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). To help identify studies using transgenic animals and assist in determining the appropriate IBC form, the IACUC Animal Use Protocol (AUP) has been updated (see “Use of Transgenic Animals” section 12c).

The IBC has also updated several forms, including the Application for Rodent Gene Transfer.

The IACUC and IBC kindly request investigators to please use the most recent version of the form posted on our respective web sites. View current IACUC and IBC forms.

For assistance regarding the IACUC review process, please contact the IACUC Office at IACUCinfo@osu.edu, 292-4494, or 292-0409. Assistance regarding the IBC review process is available by contacting Jennifer Spohn, IBC Coordinator at spohn.31@osu.edu or 247-1562.

Category : Compliance / General