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Animal Procurement

Animal Ordering

The purchase of all research animals is coordinated by the LAR central office. This process aims to ensure regulatory compliance, availability of sufficient housing space for the animals, and the maintenance of a Specific pathogen free (SPF) health status of the vivarium.

Animal Sources

LAR procures the animals from commercial vendors supplying SPF-quality animals. LAR maintains a list of “approved vendors” that have been evaluated and approved by the attending veterinarian and the vivarium director. Vendor-supplied health status reports are reviewed regularly by the vivarium director and the attending veterinarian to ensure the continuity and maintenance of the SPF status of their colonies. The current list of approved vendors includes Charles River LaboratoriesJackson LaboratoriesTaconic Bioscience Inc., and Envigo.

In the case where procuring animals from non-approved vendor (e.g. another academic institute) is justified and deemed necessary to initiate or continue an IACUC-approved research project, the requesting scientist must obtain a current animal health report from the source institute and provide to LAR, along with the procurement request, for review by the attending veterinarian and the vivarium director. Based on the review results, additional testing, rederivation or extended quarantine of the animals maybe requested prior to the approval of the shipment.

Animal Request Form & Process

To place an animal order with LAR, please proceed with the following steps,

  1. Review your IACUC-approved protocol to confirm that the requested species and strain are listed in the protocol and the number of animals requested is within the approved limit as well.
  2. Obtain your purchase order (PO) number and a price quote as it will be required to complete and submit the request form. To obtain your PO,
    1. Contact the vendor for a price quote
    2. Enter an animal requisition and attach the price quote within people soft/workday
    3. Once requisition is approved, a PO will be generated
  3. Complete and submit the animal request form
  4. To avoid any delay on your animal orders, please submit the request form at least 10 business days prior to the desired delivery date.
  5. In case of any questions or if you need any assistance with placing your order, please contact LAR on

Submit an Animal Procurement Request