Animal and Veterinary Service

Veterinary Care

A veterinary-care program is the responsibility of the attending veterinarian, who is certified or has training or experience in laboratory animal science and medicine or in the care of the species being used. Some aspects of the veterinary-care program can be conducted by persons other than the veterinarian, but a mechanism for direct and frequent communication should be established to ensure that timely and accurate information is conveyed to the veterinarian on problems associated with animal health, behavior, and well-being. The veterinarian must provide guidance to investigators and all personnel involved in the care and use of animals to ensure appropriate handling, immobilization, sedation, analgesia, anesthesia, and euthanasia. The attending veterinarian must provide guidance or oversight to surgery programs and oversight to post-surgical care. (Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals). Please also refer to the Policy for Veterinary Care for the System-wide UH Animal Care and Use Program for additional guidelines.

Each UH animal facility must have access to veterinary care. An emergency phone roster posted prominently in the facility should alert employees of the proper mechanism for obtaining veterinary care.

Principal Investigators please select one of the following when requesting veterinary care for your UH IACUC protocol.