Transporting animals outside of an animal house poses a number of significant risks including:
- escape of animals
- stress to the animals
- infection transfer
- breach of quarantine
- breach of PC2 containment for transgenic animals or animals infected with GM micro-organisms
- security risks
These risks exist even when animals are just being transferred from an animal facility to another location within the same building.
LAS managed animals
It is strongly encouraged that the transfer of cages between buildings be undertaken in a vehicle if practical. Air conditioning must be used when necessary for animal comfort.
Staff may make LAS vehicles available when necessary (within reason) to assist researchers who use LAS facilities. Animals must not be left unattended in a vehicle.
The transporting of cages by hand is discouraged.
As a minimum, the lids of cages must be taped in place and the cages completely covered by a black plastic bag, cloth or similar.
Other conditions that must be met in particular situations are
- Before transporting animals between facilities managed by LAS, approval must be obtained from the Director in order to assess how best to manage any risk of transferring infectious agents.
- No animals may be removed from a quarantine facility without the Director’s approval. In general, this will only be possible when the animals have been approved for release by AQIS.
- The movement of animals from a PC2 area (i.e. the PC2 rooms in Biochemistry and Blackburn) must comply with OGTR requirements. Specifically
(i) Transgenic animals may only be moved from one PC2 facility to another facility with similar or higher PC2 certification; this may be either a PC2 animal house or a PC2 laboratory.
(ii) It is the researcher’s responsibility to record the number of animals removed from one facility and confirm that all animals are accounted for upon arrival at the other facility.
(iii) The lids of the cages must be taped in place and the cages must be placed in a rigid box with a secure lid. LAS staff are to ensure that such a container is readily available.
For information about transporting other species see: