Policy

Exporting Laboratory Animals

Type

Policy

Policy

The University of Illinois investigator will provide the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) with the information required to produce a health status report and contact information for the receiving institution’s veterinarian or import/export coordinator and the receiving investigator. Animal Export Request Forms specifying required information are available on DAR’s forms webpage. The investigator will hold shipment of animals pending notification from DAR that the receiving institution has agreed to accept the shipment.

DAR will provide the investigator with an Animal Export Request Form. When provided with a completed form, the DAR will produce, fax, and mail a health status report within five business days. DAR will notify the investigator and the unit supervisor when the receiving institution’s laboratory animal veterinary office agrees to accept the shipment. The animal facility supervisor will work with the investigator to arrange shipping after export approval is received.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will oversee compliance with this policy.

Background

Many institutions request/require a report on the health status of animals prior to receiving them. DAR will send a report of the health status of animals proposed for shipment to the laboratory animal veterinary office of the receiving institution.n Notification of acceptance from the receiving institution’s laboratory animal veterinary office to DAR must be received before animals are shipped.

Guidelines for Implementation

  1. Download the DAR Animal Export Request form.
  2. Provide all requested information and submit completed forms electronically to DAR via email. If someone other than the UIUC investigator submits the form, the UIUC investigator must be copied on the emailed submission.
  3. Within five business days from receipt of the completed Export Request Form, DAR will provide the receiving institution’s laboratory animal veterinarian with documentation of health status. All information provided is based upon the health surveillance sentinel program. Additional testing may be requested by the receiving institution.
  4. The receiving institution must provide DAR written approval from their laboratory animal veterinarian or import/export coordinator. DAR will not authorize the shipment until the written approval has been received.
  5. The UIUC investigator and facility supervisor will be notified promptly of the approval to ship.
  6. DAR must be notified when the animals have left the facility.

Please note the approval process and shipping could take several weeks to complete based on the receiving institution’s response time and potential weather restrictions.

References

Related Standards

Guidelines for Implementation of DAR Policy on Export of Laboratory Animals

Approved Date

Revised Date