University of Toledo

Department of Laboratory Animal Resources "DLAR"

 

Coronavirus

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR), and the IACUC continue our efforts to support animal research operations during these unprecedented times:

  • DLAR staff will continue to provide veterinary medical care; assessment of animal health and wellbeing; provision of food, water, and clean cages; and maintenance of proper environmental conditions. 
  • Until further notice, no additional animals may be ordered.   DLAR will working closely with the labs on canceling or postponing any pending orders.   
  • All imports and exports of animals are temporarily suspended. 
  • All in-person DLAR training courses have been canceled until normal schedules resume. Classes will be rescheduled at a later date.    
  • Serious consideration should be taken when evaluating current rodent breeding.  If possible, rodent breeding should stop unless there are critical strains that need to be maintained.   
  • In the event the University changes its response to COVID-19 and limits access to university buildings to essential personnel only DLAR will do the following:
    • DLAR will support all weaning of critical breeding strains at no additional charge.  
    • DLAR will feed special diets to cages that are clearly labeled and the diets are centrally located in the walk-in cooler at no additional charge.  
  • Current studies may continue to completion, as long as they may be monitored according to the animal protocol and humane endpoints. 
  • The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and support staff will continue to review submissions (i.e., protocols and amendments) during this time.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at IACUC@utoledo.edu. However, no new animal studies will be approved to start until further notice. 

In addition to these steps, DLAR is specifically taking these extra precautions:

  • DLAR is enforcing the 6 foot social distancing among DLAR staff as well as researchers in the vivarium.
  • DLAR staff has staggered shift start times and lunch times to prevent employee contact.
  • DLAR staff will be actively monitoring their temperatures and staying home if they have a fever.
  • DLAR is disinfecting all high-touch areas multiple times per day throughout the vivarium (e.g. door handles, hood surfaces, hood controls, etc.).

 We ask that researchers also take the following steps:

  • Start the process of identifying their essential personnel.
  • Provide DLAR with the cell phone numbers of these designated essential individuals so that we may contact them in the event of an emergency.  Email Scott.Bechaz@utoledo.edu and Ashley.Kurth@utoledo.edu with these phone numbers. 
  • Start limiting DLAR access to only those personnel managing current experiments.   
  • Adhere to the 6 foot social distancing.  If you should see anyone not adhering to the 6 feet of separation address this with the individuals and inform DLAR staff.  Some animal rooms are small and 6 feet of separation may be impossible with multiple individuals in the room at the same time. Therefore, coordinate hood use with DLAR and other laboratories so there is only one person in the hood or 6 foot area at a time. 
  • Disinfect all surfaces after each use. Use a clean paper towel to open door handles, discard towel after each use.  
  • If you or your staff are unable to perform essential animal duties, DLAR may be able to assist you. Please contact us as soon as you can to discuss this or any other concerns you have.   

For the latest updates on coronavirus, please visit the UToledo website.  Thank you for your attention to these matters.

Sincerely,

DLAR

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Mission Statement       mouse

The Department of Laboratory Animal Resources  "DLAR" is committed to provide high-quality research animal care, veterinary services, and expertise with animal models and with research animal regulations.

Overview

DLAR’s goal is to facilitate compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations governing animal utilization in teaching, research, and testing. The staff of the department strives to maintain a quality animal care program which meets the standards required to receive accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). 

Locations

DLAR maintains vivariums on both the Health Science Campus (HSC) and the Main Campus (MC). The HSC campus is the primary office and is staffed full-time by the department secretary. Calls and interdepartmental mail should be addressed to the HSC.

Health Science Campus                                                            Main Campus
3000 Arlington Avenue                                                                2801 West Bancroft St.
Health Education Building                                                        Wolfe Hall      
MS 1004, HEB 012                                                                          MS 600, WH 0263
Toledo, OH 43614                                                                          Toledo, OH 43606
419-383-4310                                                                                    419-530-1987


 

PER DIEM RATES

The Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) Per Diem Rates & Service Rates


FORMS:  

If the form doesn't seem to be working for you then download the form to your computer and complete that way. 
  •  Animal Requisition Form:  Purchasing research animals from approved vendors such as Charles River, Jackson, Taconic, Envigo, etc.
  • Animal Transfer Form:  This form is used to transfer animals between Principle Investigators “PIs” approved protocols within the university. Examples: Transferring animals from a PI’s breeding protocol to their research protocol or between 2 different PIs.  This form is not used to transfer animals to PI's outside the university.
  • Breeding Record:  Required to be submitted to DLAR on a month basis to track and deduct additional research animals born against a given protocol.  
  • Importation/Exportation of Live Animals Request Form: Required for Import/Export of research animals from non-approved sources such as colleagues at other institutions.  

Training

https://www.utoledo.edu/depts/dlar/training.html

 

 

Shared Research Equipment within DLAR 

Here is a list of all the Specialized Research Equipment Shared in the DLAR Vivarium






Last Updated: 3/20/20