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Animal Ordering Information

All animal orders, import/export of animals, and transportation must be processed through the DCM.  Animals may only be ordered on IACUC approved protocols that have an adequate number of animals remaining.  An account authorization form must be submitted to the DCM.  An online request must be completed for each animal order using the animal order form. To import animals from vendors not listed below, submit an import/export form.

All requisitions, cancellations and changes must be received by the ordering deadline in order to be accommodated.  All orders placed after the ordering deadline will be placed the following week.

Animal Transfers

An Animal Transfer Form is used for the following:

  • Transfer between protocols
  • Transfer between investigators

All transfers require at least five working days to process from the date that the DCM receives the completed Animal Transfer Form.

Cage Card Requests

Please use the Cage Card Request Form to request new cage cards when creating new cages of animals for breeding or experimental purposes.

Non-Commercial Vendors

Animals obtained from or going to non-commercial vendors must have an Import/Export Form completed. The DCM will process these as quickly as possible, but there may be a delay in shipping/receiving based on animal availability, quarantine space, or ambient temperature out of acceptable shipping range.

Please note: temperature limits are 45 deg F to 85 deg F and shipping animals in the winter months and summer months may lead to weather related delays.

A health report is required, from the source institution for all incoming animal shipments. The health report should include results dating back 1 year on the serology, parasitology and microbiological status of the animals being shipped and the facility in which they are housed. In addition, information on the type of housing and husbandry for the facility/room of origin should be included. The health report should be faxed or e-mailed to the DCM office, attention Lynell Dupepe ldupepe@tulane.edu.

The Attending Veterinarian will review the health reports and determine if quarantine or re-derivation procedures are appropriate. Once animals have been approved for quarantine the request will be forwarded to the shipping coordinator. Should re-derivation procedures be recommended, the principal investigator will be contacted with the appropriate information and options.

Incoming animals will be housed in the DCM’s rodent quarantine facility located downtown.  The cost of the quarantine procedures will be recharged to the investigator directly. The total quarantine period is approximately 6 - 8 weeks.

The above steps help to ensure that all rodents at Tulane University remain disease free. Since multiple faculty members use the animal facilities, please take these precautions to ensure that the University’s research programs are not compromised. 

Facility Access

The animal facility is accessed by entering a unique code. Each individual must have their own code. Codes are not to be shared by laboratory groups. Each individual is allowed to access needed animal rooms and areas in the vivarium. In order to request an access code the following three requirements must have been completed and processed by the appropriate department.

  • DCM animal training including wet-lab, lecture, and facility tour.
  • PAF (Personnel Addition Form) to the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee)
  • RAHF (Risk Assessment and History Form) to the OEHS (Office of Environments Health and Safety)See below to request your code.

Request Access Code

If you believe your code has been compromised, please request a replacement code.

For any questions regarding facility access please contact the Associate Director.

Surgery Room Requests

The DCM has several shared rodent surgery rooms that can be rented by individual laboratory groups.

Be advised that if the room is left dirty an additional cleanup fee will be assessed. 

Cleaning supplies are located in the room.

Schedule A Surgery Room

You will be required to set up a username and password to schedule a room.  Please use your tulane email.

For any questions please contact the Associate Director.

Per Diem Rates / Service Charges

Housing Charges

Per Diem - Per Cage Charges 

Species Per Diem
Mouse     Micro Isolator  $0.93
Mouse     Sterile Cage $0.99
Mouse     Quarantine / ABSL-2 $1.02
Rat           Micro Isolator  $0.96
Rat           Sterile Cage $1.04
Rat           Quarantine / ABSL-2 $1.14

 

Per Diem - Per Animal Charges

Species Per Diem
Rabbit $1.75
Guinea Pig $0.78
Guinea Pig / BSL-2 $1.50
Pig $5.96

Note:  Per Diem rates are calculated as the number of cages or number of animals per day (cages/day or animals/day)

There is a 15% surcharge on every animal order.

Please contact DCM for a quote on species not listed here.

Professional Services

Service Rate per hour
Animal Care Technician $18.00
Surgery Technician $28.00
Veterinarian $44.00

This fee is charged for services which include but are not limited to: transporting animals, weighing, identifying, training, radiology, separating overcrowded cages, euthanizing animals, clinical pathology, clinical microbiology and serology, biopsy/necropsy, and venipuncture.

Surgery Rooms

Large Animal Surgery - $26 per hour, supplies, technician and/or veterinarian time, plus a 15% surcharge.

Rodent Surgery Rooms - $ 5.50 per hour

Mobile Anesthesia Unit - $5.50 per hour or $25 per day.  Please submit a service request to rent a mobile unit.

Necropsy Areas

There is no charge for the use of necropsy areas, however; a fee of $18 per hour will be assessed if the room is not cleaned after use.

Animal Transport

The cost of applicable crates suitable for shipping rodents, technician time, and freight charges plus a 15% surcharge. 

Acclimation Period

The minimum acclimation for newly received animals is three days but the DCM recommends up to a week. The acclimation period is provided to allow physiological and psychological stabilization prior to any experimental manipulation. Any exceptions to this minimum acclimation must be approved by the DCM.

Special Housing

Special housing, food, drug or water administration may be necessary for certain experimental models. A Service Request Form must be filled out for these requests.