University Laboratory Animal Resources News

New! E-Protocol Handouts Now Available

Posted: May 18, 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

Posted: July 11, 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

Posted: June 22, 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

Posted: May 24, 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.

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Category : General

Compliance with NIH Regulations Over Transgenic Animal Purchase or Generation

Posted: May 13, 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, 292-4494, or 292-0409. Assistance regarding the IBC review process is available by contacting Jennifer Spohn, IBC Coordinator at or 247-1562.

Category : Compliance / General