DVR and LASP monitor the health status of rodents and rabbits from various commonly
used vendors of research animals. These vendors are considered "Approved Sources."
Animals from these sources are generally shipped directly to NIH animal facilities
for immediate investigator accessibility.
The health status of animals from "Unapproved Sources" must be verified before they
can be incorporated into established animal colonies. Most of the rodent/rabbit
facilities at the NIH have restrictions on which pathogens are acceptable.
Regulation of the importation of rodents from "Unapproved Sources" is covered by
NIH Policy Manual 3043-1,
entitled Introduction of Rodents and Rodent Products. Generally, rodents from "Unapproved
Sources" must be quarantined and tested for a routine panel of pathogens at either
the NIH Animal Center (Poolesville, MD) or at Frederick National Lab.
An application for Permit to Introduce Rodents and Rodent Products (NIH-2369-1)
must be completed to acquire rodents from “Unapproved Sources”. This
form must be signed by the investigator, the NCI Animal Program Director, and the
Facility Veterinarian. All applicable materials need to be provided to the Rodent
Import Officer who will sign the form and issue a permit number.
In general, the following information is required on the originating colony:
Additional information is available at:
Division of Veterinary Resources
Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP)
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