Transferring Animals

Transferring Animals Within Ohio State

Animal transfers occurring within The Ohio State University must be submitted in e-protocol following the User Guideline Online Animal Transfers allowing 3 business days for processing.

All animal movement outside the animal housing location, including transfers, must follow the IACUC animal-specific transportation policy, Movement of Animals Outside the Animal Housing Location.

Animal Facility Movement

  • Movement of Cages
    Once the request has received approvals it will go to the “transportation requested” state if ULAR transport was requested. ULAR provides free transport services via a climate-controlled vehicle. Principal investigators and their staff are strongly encouraged to use this service. See User Guidance Requesting Animal Movement by ULAR for details. Alternatively, principal investigators and their teams may choose to move their own animals. Only after the transfer request indicates it is “complete” in e-protocol, can the animals be moved.  Use of a personal vehicle requires IACUC approval.
  • Additional Testing
    Certain animals may require additional testing before being transferred to a more restricted animal housing room. For example, animals to be moved from a barrier or conventional room into a sterile room, at the request of the principal investigator, may undergo additional testing. Testing costs will be billed to the principal investigator and delays in final approval will vary, dependent upon the tests required.

Protocol to Protocol Transfers

When animals need to move from one protocol to another, use the transfer animals request in e-protocol. This request must be completed for all protocol to protocol transfers regardless of  whether the animal’s physical space has changed. It is important that the cage card information be updated as described in the User Guideline Online Animal Transfers following completion of the transfer.

Transferring Animals to Another Institution (i.e. Export)

Animals that are being transferred to a location not associated with The Ohio State University are considered “exports”. Read the User Guidance Export of Rodents which outlines the required steps need for ULAR to ensure that all rodents are transported safely to their final destination.

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