Be Familiar with Approved APLAC Guidelines! This is especially important if you have agreed to follow them in your APLAC Protocol. Here is a partial list and a link to access all of the APLAC Guidelines:
- Guidelines for the Transfer of Ownership for Animals Used for Research, Testing or Teaching at Stanford University
- Conditional Use of Expired Medical Materials in Research Animals
- Endpoint Monitoring and Humane Termination
- Transportation of Animals on Stanford Campus or to the Stanford Campus
- Guidelines for the Use of Prolonged Physical Restraint of Conscious Animals
- Use of Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Compounds in Research Animals
- Weekend and Holiday Care
Typical Questions asked during an national AAALAC inspection:
Below, you will find some commonly asked questions from AAALAC site visitors.
- Are you familiar with your APLAC protocol? Can you produce a current copy (printed or online) upon request?
- Do you know how to contact the Veterinary Service Center or Vet on call, or how to report an animal welfare concern? - Post the attached signs!
- Who are the emergency contacts within your lab? – Especially important for PI-managed areas!
- Are animal use areas clean, free of clutter, and easily sanitized? -Move cardboard boxes up off the floor!
- Are animals prepped in a separate and distinct area from where surgery is performed? Are you removing the hair/fur, and aseptically scrubbing the incision site?
- Does the surgeon wear gloves and a mask? Are instruments sterilized before use, and how (steam, gas, hot bead, chemical sterilant)?
- Are surgical logs that document anesthetic dose, depth of anesthesia, vital signs, analgesics given, etc. kept for each animal? Are your controlled substance logs up to date?
- Have fume/biosafety hoods and anesthetic vaporizers been certified in the last year? Are any drugs or chemicals for use in or on animals expired? - If so, dispose of promptly & properly!
- Are waste anesthetic gases being properly scavenged (active via building exhaust, or passive via charcoal canisters)? If you have concerns, contact EH&S for a workplace evaluation.
- Do you know about Lab Animal Allergies and how to protect yourself and your co-workers from developing allergies to animals?