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Division of Biology

Laboratory Animal Care Service

Animal Procurement
The Kansas State University Laboratory Animal Care Service (LACS) has facilities to maintain most types of laboratory research animals and will do so for any University investigator in any department who wishes professional animal care. Experimental animals may be procured from any licensed commercial vendor through the Division of Biology office, Room 231, or other departmental offices using a standard purchase order. Animals may also be ordered through the Comparative Medicine Group (CMG) at the College of Veterinary Medicine. All investigators wishing to utilize LACS must have, on file, a current Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) protocol and, when appropriate, a current Insitutional BioSafety Committee (IBC) protocol. Information for these protocols can be found on the University Research Compliance website. Under no circumstances will animals be housed within LACS facilities without the investigator possessing a current IACUC protocol. For detailed information, please contact LACS by email.
Veterinary Care

All animals under LACS care are inspected daily by LACS personnel 365 days of the year. The University attending veterinarian, or designated representative is on call 24 hr/day, if a problem occurs. Special preventive health care and veterinary medical care of animals is available through the KSU Veterinary school on request; however, there will be a charge for this service. All animal rooms are inspected on a routine basis twice per year by the IACUC.

Routine rodent cage changing will be a minimum of once a week, occasionally twice depending upon housing conditions, and will usually occur the same time each week. Exceptions may occur during holidays, when cages may be changed ahead of the regular schedule. Extra cage changes may be necessary for special circumstances and could incur extra charges. In addition, special diets, weaning, autoclaving, and breeding services may also require additional fees.

Routine animal care charges are as follows (revised 11/18)
*Charges for routine animal care [per animal unless specified]
Mouse Litter [nursing]0.19/day0.30/day
Mouse, immunocompromised0.21/day0.32/day
Mouse Immunocompromised Litter [nursing]0.22/day0.34/day
Mouse Infected0.24/day0.36/day
Mouse litter, Infected0.27/day0.41/day
Fish (rack) (water quality and twice daily flakes)125.54/rack/month189.30/rack/month
Technician Genotyping, surgical, training and other assistance       23.10/hr35.11/hr
Procedure room use15.00/hr22.80/hr
Making/feeding brine shrimp (per rack) per month156.48/mo237.85/mo
Making/feeding paramecium (per 10 containers) per month64.38/mo97.86/mo
Fish, bulk, daily log and health checks61.86/mo94.03/mo
Director assistance/consult time82.29/hr125.08/hr
The cost of medications and  specialty food or supplies will be charged to the PI.

Animals are counted at the time of cage changing. This count will be used as each day's count until the next cage change. If a large number of animals are euthanized or received between cage changes, the count will be adjusted to show this change. The LACS should be notified prior to any en mass necropsies, and whenever animals are removed from the facilities for any significant length of time.
Access to LACS Animal Facilities

The restrictive LACS policy regarding admission to animal facilities serves to protect the public and KSU employees from unnecessary exposure to potential hazards, and protects animals and animal experiments from interference by unauthorized personnel. The faculty and staff are requested to assist in enforcing this policy and to report any and all exceptions to the LACS Assistant Director. Unauthorized exceptions to this policy will be considered trespassing. Access to LACS facilities is limited to the following individuals:

  1. LACS staff, which also includes the Director and Assistant Directors of the Division of Biology.
  2. KSU faculty and staff who have animals in the facilities and who have been properly briefed by LACS staff. Access of these investigators and their staff is restricted to rooms where their animals are housed.
  3. The attending veterinarian or designated representative.
  4. The KSU Compliance Officer.
  5. Members of the Kansas State University IACUC.
  6. Others specifically approved on a case by case basis by the Director or Assistant Director of LACS, and only when accompanied by a representative of the LACS.

Minors are strictly forbidden entry into LACS facilities because of potential health hazards associated with infectious diseases, radiation and/or chemical toxins. There may be a strong temptation for faculty and staff to bring their families or friends to see the animals. To do so exposes their loved ones and the animals to hazards and compromises the research of fellow investigators.

Policy on use of live vertebrate animals in the classroom

Statement of policy

The Division of Biology at Kansas State University recognizes the importance of using live animals in some classroom demonstrations and teaching laboratories, particularly classes containing high numbers of biology, microbiology, and/or wildlife majors. The use of live animals in teaching is a common and acceptable educational practice, and is considered vital in some courses for students to understand certain biological processes. Specific examples include, but are not restricted to, physiology, behavior, immunology, parasitology, virology, bacteriology, developmental biology and embryology, evolutionary biology, and ecology. In the majority of cases, the instructor for a course will be responsible for deciding whether the use of live animals in teaching is warranted. The Division of Biology Laboratory Animal Care Service (LACS) will be responsible for providing any husbandry required for animals used in the classroom.

Applicability of Federal Guidelines

It is University policy that procurement, housing, care, use, and euthanasia of animals used in teaching conform to the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, to all standards set forth by the US Department of Agriculture, to the Animal Welfare Act, and to the K-State Animal Welfare Assurance (April 2014).

Division of Biology Guidelines

The principle investigator is the faculty member in charge of all animal use associated with the teaching project. The faculty member is responsible for following the specific guidelines of the Division of Biology which can be obtained by contacting LACS.

PI Responsibilities

The PI is responsible for providing a copy of all IACUC protocols and appropriate approval letter (including modifications) prior to ordering animals.  Facilitating many studies by multiple PIs within a small facility requires good communication and experimental coordination with  LACS.  This includes but is not limited to timely notification of needed animals, animal numbers and length of animal stay within the facility.

All individuals entering rooms must be trained by LACS personnel for entry procedure. However, the PI is responsible for training personnel in animal procedures. If needed, the LACS personnel or the director will provide assistance at the rate of service provided by the schedule of charges.

Special SOPs should be provided to the LACS personnel. Surgical and necropsy supplies will be provided by the PI.