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Animal Safety Officer

safety logoFollow APLAC rules & keep records.
Keep in clean.
Treat animals with respect and kindness.



Orders for vertebrates go through Judy, x249. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Captured specimens - ONLY take species/numbers allowed on your permit.
- You MUST have a California Fish and Game permit in hand before collecting.
- You must call F&G at least 24 hours in advance of your collecting trip.
- Sometimes you must also call local agencies. In PG, call the police department, 647-7900.


APLAC is anal about record keeping.
animalcarelog.pdf of feeding, cleaning, etc. MUST be kept.
- That means even on weekends and vacations.
- SOMEONE must be checking in with the animals.

All users and care givers MUST BE ON THE PROTOCOL.
- Meetings to amend protocols for new people/ species are once a month.
- Requests must be in approximately 3 weeks in advance of the meeting.

Protocols must be renewed YEARLY.
- Failure to get you renewal request in on time can result in your grant being held up until renewal approval has been granted.

Has everyone on your protocol signed the Stanford University Occupational Health Surveillance Questionnaire or the Declination form?


- Keep areas of clean of everything not directly associated with the immediate needs of the animals.
- Extra tanks, food, valves, tubing, pumps, etc. MUST BE KEPT ELSEWHERE.
- Food must be dated and no more than 6 months old.
   + It must be in a rodent proof container. [a refrigerator is one such container]


We are inspected by main campus every 6 months.
By AALAC International every three years [extremely anal].
Judy can inspect at any time.
Any visitor will also pass judgement on your care quality.


ANIMAL TRAINING - required before all fish & amphibian work
STARS: Animal Care and Use Program (VSC-PROG-0001)
and: May 14th 2013 video by Stephanie Jensen on Fish and Frogs

Followed by in lab animal training.pdf.


Except for TRCC, all dead vertebrate animals are collected, frozen and then at regular intervals taken to main campus for incineration and disposal. Labs cooperate and pool their animals. Check with other labs for what is going on.