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Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane

Program of Laboratory Animal Resources (PLAR)

Animal Ordering and Transport

Approved Vendors

All animals must be acquired lawfully. The receiving institution should ensure that all procedures involving animal procurement are conducted in a lawful manner. To order animals from an approved vendor:

  • Complete the Animal Order, Import, Export Request form.
  • A copy of the completed form will be sent to you, your department fiscal contact, and PLAR.
  • Send a copy of your completed form to the appropriate Purchasing Department to obtain a PO number.
  • The Purchasing Department will submit the Animal Order Form and PO number to PLAR. This information needs to be completed by the end of day Wednesday.
  • PLAR places orders on Thursday morning. This allows the vendor time to verify that the order can be filled or if alternative ages or weights are available.
  • Animals are received the following week on either Tuesday (JAX) or Wednesday (Envigo). Charles River delivers on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The shipments are delivered directly to the vivaria.
  • PLAR husbandry staff will receive, house and verify health status of all incoming shipments. The PI is then notified of the arrival of the animals. The PI and Veterinarian will be notified of any shipping or health concerns. Shipping or health issues will be addressed with the vendor by PLAR Management.
  • Animals must be allowed to acclimate for a minimum of 3 days.

Interinstitutional transfers

A MATERIAL TRANSFER AGREEMENT is required to obtain from or send animals to other institutions not listed on the approved vendor list:

  • Contact the Office of Research Support and Operations to initiate a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA).
  • Complete the Animal Order, Import, Export Request form.
  • The veterinarian will contact the other institution to exchange health reports and to determine the requirements for receiving/shipping animals.
  • Depending on the health status of incoming animals, it may be necessary to have the animals delivered to Pullman for quarantine and/or rederivation.
  • The cost of shipping, quarantine, and rederivation is the responsibility of the principal investigator.

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