All warm-blooded vertebrate animals to be
used for teaching, research, testing,
or experimentation at ETSU must be purchased or otherwise
obtained through the DLAR.
The Director of the DLAR is responsible for
approving the source of all animals.
Since animals are an
important part of the research studies, it is imperative that
they be of defined quality in order for the data obtained to be
valid and replicable.
Therefore, the major criteria
for the selection of a vendor should be the suitability and
quality of the animal.
All scientific arguments from
the user will be considered by the DLAR in making the
The cost of the animals
should be considered, but will not be the most important factor
in vendor selection.
Other considerations in
making the dec
ision will be:
the ability of the vendor to provide the
animals as ordered
health status of the animals
vendor must be a USDA licensed dealer (if
transportation facilities and connections
ethical and fiscal integrity of the
previous vendor used if the project is a
continuation or collaboration effort
Animal procurement should be discussed with
of the DLAR.
Because of experience and
knowledge he/she will be able to assist in the selection of the
most appropriate animal model, acquaint you with services available
at ETSU, apprise you of sources, availability, and costs, and help
avoid untimely delays of animal orders due to lack of necessary
Before any animal(s) can be used, the
investigator must submit to the DLAR office an "
The application will then be
submitted to the
Committee on Animal Care (UCAC) for review at the next
The UCAC meets
and all Animal Study Protocol Applications must be submitted to
the DLAR office by the
for each month's meeting.
Animals will not be ordered, purchased,
imported or otherwise acquired without an approved experimental
Upon UCAC approval of the protocol and
assignment of a Protocol I.D., the completed
Laboratory Animal Order Form
can be forwarded to the DLAR office.
The investigator should ensure
that all pertinent information is provided and that the
appropriate account numbers plus the required original signatures
Signature of the department
chairman is required for purchases drawn on a departmental
Photo-copy, fax, telephone or
e-mail orders will not be accepted.
The Assistant Director of the DLAR will
review the order and ensure the availability of vendor, space,
caging, and other services for the project.
To ensure timely delivery and
adequate housing, orders should be placed as far in advance as
Annual blanket accounts are
maintained by the DLAR with several high quality animal
The DLAR must process a
requisition through the ETSU Purchasing Department for animals
from sources with which the DLAR does not maintain an account.
Arrival of such animals
usually is delayed 3 to 6 weeks.
Plan ahead to avoid costly
Rodent orders are placed on Wednesday,
Thursday, or Friday (see ordering schedule below) for delivery
the following week, contingent upon strain availability.
Failure to submit animal
orders by the deadlines listed below may result in delayed
delivery. All ordering information must be verified prior to
placing an order, and a
Animal Order Form with required signature(s) must be
submitted to the DLAR.
Deadline for Order Submission
Method of Delivery
Thursday, 12:00 pm
Thursday, 12:00 pm
Thursday, 12:00 pm
Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Air freight - day varies
Truck - Thursday
Air or truck
Other vendors - please inquire
Availability of animals is dependent upon
Certain orders, such as some
strains of transgenic mice, may be backordered for several weeks
or even months.
Orders for large animals should be placed a
minimum of 2 weeks in advance of the preferred delivery date.
Upon arrival, animals are inspected by DLAR
personnel prior to acceptance and are placed into appropriate
They are examined for correct
size, weight, sex, and apparent health.
At this time, the principal
investigator or his/her designee will be informed by email of the
arrival of the shipment.
Any abnormality detected by the
user should be promptly reported to the DLAR.
If animals are found to be
diseased or otherwise unsatisfactory, the DLAR may be able to
obtain restitution from the vendor.
This is particularly true when
it can be determined by laboratory findings that the animals were
diseased upon arrival or otherwise were not as ordered.
The designated account will be charged the
current purchase price per animal, freight, carton charge and any
handling charges, plus a DLAR surcharge which is calculated at
17% of the cost of the animals (the surcharge is calculated based
on the price of the animals only, and the maximum surcharge per
order is $125).
Assistant Director for
additional information on animal prices or shipping /freight
Per Diem Maintenance Charges / Fees for