Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact for a laboratory animal related emergency?
During normal business hours (8am – 5pm, M-F), call the ACU Office at 785-864-5587 or Dr. George at 785-864-8842. For after hours, weekend, and holiday laboratory animal emergencies, contact Dr. George at 919-597-0938. Additionally, emergency contact information is readily posted in all animal facilities. ACU veterinarians do not provide care for privately owned pets or ill or injured wildlife. For health issues or emergencies involving pets or wildlife, please contact a local veterinarian or wildlife management company.
Who should I contact for a laboratory animal health problem?
During normal business hours (8am – 5pm, M-F), call the ACU Office at 785-864-5587 or Dr. George at 785-864-8842. For after hours, weekend, and holiday laboratory animal health problems, contact Dr. George at 919-597-0938. ACU veterinarians do not provide care for privately owned pets or ill or injured wildlife. For health issues or emergencies involving pets or wildlife, please contact a local veterinarian or wildlife management company.
How do I report animal welfare or noncompliance concerns?
Concerns or complaints may be brought to the attention of the IACUC by any member of the University or general public.  Reports may be made anonymously.  The anonymity of individuals reporting concerns will be maintained to the degree legally possible.  No person shall be retaliated against as a result of voicing a concern.  Information on how to report a concern.
What steps are necessary before conducting animal work at KU?
Several steps are required to begin animal work at KU.  Visit the Getting Started link for more information.
Who do I contact regarding the Occupational Health Program (OHP) for animal users?
All individuals with direct animal contact and noncontact personnel that enter ACU facilities are included in the OHP.  To enroll in the OHP, contact the IACUC Compliance Coordinator at 785-864-8841.
Who do I contact regarding use of hazardous material in animal use statements?
Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) oversees the use of biological, chemical, and radiological hazards.  For guidance, contact the EHS Director at 785-864-2854.
How do I obtain access to ACU facilities?
Entrance into ACU facilities is access controlled.  Personnel must complete ACU orientation, required AALAS Learning Library modules, and receive Occupational Health Program “approval” before access is granted.  Contact the ACU Facility Manager at 785-864-8845 to receive access.
What training does the ACU provide?
In addition to orientation, the ACU conducts regularly scheduled wet-labs to provide training in animal handling and experimental manipulation.  Individualized training is available upon request.  Contact the ACU Clinical Veterinarian at 785-864-8842 to learn about upcoming training opportunities or to schedule individual training.

Additional training is available through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Learning Library.  The AALAS Learning Library provides training appropriate for all individuals working with research animals.  The courses are designed to meet training mandates of regulatory agencies and improve your knowledge in technical areas.  To access the Learning Library, contact IACUC personnel at iacuc@ku.edu or 785-864-8841.
Where can I find information about the KU Animal Care and Use Program for my grant application?
KU-Lawrence maintains an Assurance (A3339-01) with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and adheres to standards prescribed in the PHS Policy and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide) for all activities involving laboratory animals.  Additionally, KU-Lawrence is a USDA registered facility (48-R-0002) and complies with provisions of the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations for all activities involving regulated species.  The KU Animal Care Unit (ACU) has been continuously accredited by AAALAC International since 1982.
What are current ACU approved commercial vendor sources?
Current approved ACU commercial vendors include: Charles River Laboratories, Harlan Laboratories, Jackson Laboratories, and Taconic.
How do I order animals?
All acquisition and procurement of vertebrate animals used for teaching, research, or exhibition at the University of Kansas, regardless of species or housing location, must be specifically approved in advance by the IACUC via an approved Animal Use Statement and the University Attending Veterinarian or designee.

ACU approved commercial vendor sources
The online Animal Order Request Form must be completed and submitted.  For deliveries from approved ACU commercial vendors, Animal Order Requests must be submitted by noon on Thursday for delivery the following week.

Rodents from non-commercial sources
Receipt of rodents from non-commercial sources must be approved in advance by the University Attending Veterinarian or designee.  The Non-Approved Vendor Source Rodent Request (pdf) and Rodent History Questionnaire (pdf) forms, along with the Animal Order Form must be completed to initiate importation of animals from non-approved sources.  The Non-Approved Vendor Source Rodent Request and Rodent History Questionnaire forms should be faxed to 785-864-5305.

Animals other than rodents and rabbits
Contact the Dr. George at 785-864-8842.

How do I transfer animals from one AUS to another AUS?
Transfer of animals between Animal Use Statements must be specifically approved in advance by the IACUC and the University Attending Veterinarian or designee. To facilitate approval and to maintain appropriate records, the online Animal Use Statement Transfer Request must be completed and submitted. The University Attending Veterinarian or designee will review each Animal Use Statement Transfer Request to determine if animal transfer is appropriate based on previous and intended use of the animal(s). Approval from the University Attending Veterinarian or designee is required prior to animal transfer between Animal Use Statements.
How do I move animals from the ACU to my laboratory?
See the ACU Policy on Animal Transport (pdf).
How do I obtain controlled substances for research animal use?
Investigators order all pharmaceutical grade drugs for animal use from the ACU.  All individuals who transport, administer, or otherwise have access to controlled substances must undergo a criminal conviction check and receive authorization from University Human Resources.  Contact University Human Resources at 785-864-4946 for information regarding the criminal conviction check.
What is the disease status of rodent colonies by building?
Contact the ACU Clinical Veterinarian at 785-864-8842 for information regarding current health status of rodent colonies.
Are diagnostic services available?
Necropsy facilities are available.  The ACU diagnostic laboratory is equipped with a compound light microscope, dissecting scope, centrifuge, and refractometer.  The ACU utilizes a commercial vendor for clinical pathology, histology, and microbiology services.

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