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UPDATED 5/12/2020

Guidance from Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

To prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on animal research, it is recommended that investigators plan carefully and consider altering the timing of experiments or breeding. Any elective activities or experiments that are not time-sensitive should be postponed. If they are not postponed, it is the responsibility of the investigator to develop a plan to ensure the collection of data without interruption if members of the laboratory staff are not available.

  • Animal Orders. Animal orders have been suspended indefinitely, unless the animals are needed for Covid-19 specific research or the PI has completed the Critical On-Campus Research Continuity Information Form found at https://coronavirus.purdue.edu/research/critical-research/. Once this form has been approved, the PI may order animals.
  • Essential Personnel. The personnel that care for the animals at Purdue are classified as essential personnel and will be here even if other segments of the University are closed. CMAF will provide continued daily care of all animals. This includes continued veterinary medical care, assessment of animal health and wellbeing, provision of food, water and clean cages, and maintenance of appropriate environmental conditions. As we may be working with a decreased work force, the LAP may not be able to provide other services. Contact Assistant Director, Sylvia Schlegel (sschlege@purdue.edu), with any questions.
  • Social distancing should be observed in the animal facility and/or laboratory setting. Large complex procedures that require multiple people to conduct should be postponed if possible.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use was addressed in a past memo to animal researchers. We will try to reuse and otherwise minimize the use of PPE materials when possible so that we don’t run out. DO NOT remove PPE from animal areas. This has a negative impact on everyone and the animals under our care.
  • Contact LAP veterinarians. You can contact LAP personnel including the veterinary team the same way you always have. Non-emergency questions can be directed to LAPVET@groups.purdue.edu. The veterinarian on call can be contacted directly for emergencies. A contact list of the veterinarian on call is available at all animal facilities, contact your facility manager with any questions.
  • Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee business will be conducted electronically. We will continue to review submissions, new protocols, amendments, annual, and triennial reviews. Please contact the IACUC Administrator, Lisa Snider (ldsnider@purdue.edu), or Dr. Kritchevsky, IACUC chair (sojkaje@purdue.edu), if you have any questions.
  • Animals as vectors. There is no evidence that the animals used for research on Purdue’s campus can transmit the virus or are susceptible to the virus. Pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19.
  • Animals at ASREC and other remote sites. Currently the farms are operating as usual. Plans are being put in place to ensure the highest level of animal care in the event of a reduced workforce.

More information about COVID-19 and animals can be found on the AVMA website: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

Guidance from Centrally Managed Animal Facilities (CMAF)

The following information is provided by Purdue University Centrally Managed Animal Facilities (CMAF) staff to assist Purdue animal researchers:

  • The CMAF staff have been stocking up on essential supplies in order to make certain that supply line disruptions do not impact our ability to care for animals in the facilities. Some supplies – such as surgical masks (used for immune deficient animals) and N95 respirators (for allergen control in open top rooms and for use with different hazards) - are in short supply. We have requested that all staff re-use their respirators for 7 days and may extend this if supplies drop low. We will continue to assess the situation and make modifications as needed. Guidance on respirator reuse will be available from CMAF or Radiological and Environmental Management staff. (Contact Eric Butt embutt@purdue.edu)
  • We ask that you assess your colonies and confirm all animals are necessary for your research.
  • We are requesting some procedural exemptions from the IACUC to shift some cleaning processes to give us more time to do essential cleaning (e.g., daily pen cleaning) and delay less essential cleaning (e.g., wire bar lid cleaning).
  • We will monitor staffing impacts and make adjustments as needed to ensure essential care. We may work longer days so you may receive calls about your animals later in the day than normal.
  • Depending on impact, we may suspend incoming animal orders and request that no new studies be started for a period of time.
  • Depending on impact, we may suspend animal movements and investigative staff may need to move their own animals. Please make certain you understand movement requirements, such as securing cages, and speak to the Facility Manager before moving anything. Forms will still need to be submitted for space approval and tracking of cages.
  • Please put a plan in place for maintaining your breeding colonies. Please DO NOT assume you can rely on the animal care staff. If we are staffed where we can help, we will but if we are impacted significantly, we will need to focus on direct animal care.
  • If your animals have special diets, please verify you have stocked up on needed foods.
  • Please verify your phone lists are up to date with the managers for the facilities. Please also confirm your people have the cell numbers for our staff. Also, please confirm you are using the NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES for the facilities so we can respond to all your questions or concerns:

LAP Veterinary Staff: LAPVET@groups.purdue.edu
CMAF Management: cmafmanagement@groups.purdue.edu
Bindley Animal Care Staff: bindleyanimalreceiving@groups.purdue.edu
MJIS Animal Care Staff: mjisanimalreceiving@groups.purdue.edu
LSA Animal Care Staff: lsaanimalreceiving@groups.purdue.edu
Hansen Animal Care Staff: hansenanimalreceiving@groups.purdue.edu
Vet Med Animal Care Staff: vetmedanimalreceiving@groups.purdue.edu


The Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee (PACUC) and the Laboratory Animal Program (LAP) perform distinct and complementary roles to ensure animal well being in research, testing, and teaching.

PACUC and LAP work together to conduct facilities inspections and investigate areas of concern.

PACUC

  • Reviews animal care and use protocols.
  • Assures that animal care and use is performed in accordance with protocols.
  • PACUC provides training for maintaining and documenting regulatory compliance.
  • PACUC identifies facility deficiencies.
  • Reports of "areas of concerns" are made to PACUC.

LAP

  • provides veterinary care.
  • assures that animal housing, environments, and husbandry practices are consistent with federal policies.
  • provides training in the performance of PACUC procedures.
  • LAP documents that deficiencies have been corrected in a timely manner.
  • LAP assesses and remedies reported areas of concern.
  • LAP ensures that corrective actions are implemented.

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