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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Guidelines

Animal Acclimation and Quarantine Guidelines

ACCLIMATION

Rationale: The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals recommends a period of acclimation for newly arrived animals. This period allows newly arrived animals time to adjust to new surroundings, feed, light/dark cycles, cage/pen mates, and personnel prior to being used on research, teaching, or testing protocols.  Boise State recognizes that shorter periods of acclimation may be desirable, such as studies involving wild-caught animals, where long periods of acclimation may become stressful.

QUARANTINE

Rationale: The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals recommends a period of quarantine for newly arrived animals.  The separation of newly arrived animals from those already in the facility minimizes the risk of pathogens into an established colony.