COVID-19 Animal Ordering & Care

RAR has developed plans to support a staged return to research within our vivariums while keeping the safety of our employees and researchers foremost in mind.

See the OVPR Guidance for the Research Community for the latest information about COVID-19 impacts to research activities.
 

COVID-19 Impacts to Animal Ordering & Research

  • A COVID-19 Modified Ordering Process has been developed to use during this time of COVID-19 impacts to animal research.
  • Animal orders in the animal ordering system at the time the university shut down may have been canceled. If these animals are still needed, the order should be resubmitted using the new COVID-19 Modified Ordering Process.
  • Transgenic breeding service will soon be offered to protect and maintain limited, temporary breeding colonies.
  • RAR facilities/vivariums have posted signage to guide social distancing safety practices.
  • RAR staff on site has been reduced, please allow extra time for processing all animal orders, transfers, imports and exports.

COVID-19 Modified Ordering Process: Placing an Order

To order animals during this time of reduced operations please use this special order form:

New Modified Animal Order Form (COVID-19)

To submit an order, complete this form and email it along with a copy of requestor’s official letter or system approval email allowing them to resume research activities, to rarorders@umn.edu

Please note:

  • No web portal or phone orders will be accepted
  • Orders are filled on a first come first serve basis
  • If the number of orders and/or the number of animals on those orders is large we may be forced to limit them due to the restricted amount of RAR staff on site

Orders Canceled During Shutdown

If an RAR order was canceled due to the University shutdown, please re-submit your order using this COVID-19 Modified Order Process. RAR animal ordering personnel will contact those investigators with exception orders directly. There was no RAR animal order charge assessed for canceled orders since they were not executed.


Animal Transfers

Animal transfers for housing locations, protocol changes, etc. will be processed in the normal course of business and must use the animal transfer request forms. No transfers will be honored without the completed form.

Animal imports/exports may be delayed due to the sending/receiving entities not being open to receiving/sending animals and delayed internally due to restricted staff on site to check health reports, pack/unpack and house animals. The normal process will be followed, we ask that you allow extra time for processing.


Vivariums & Animal Research Spaces

RAR has posted signs on each animal holding and procedure room that lists the maximum number of people who can work within and still maintain social distancing safety practices. Masks are required to be worn in the vivarium.

Online calendars are used to reserve up to two hours of time in animal research spaces per day. These calendars, along with additional policies, are shared with returning researchers by the RAR area supervisor of the building where their animals are housed after the researcher has provided documentation to the area supervisor indicating that they are approved by their college to resume research on campus.

RAR will attempt to supply some non-clinical grade PPE to researchers housing animals in RAR facilities. However, RAR cannot guarantee any supplies of PPE until their supply chain is restored. RAR will communicate when certain PPE can once again be supplied to researchers.


Transgenic Breeding Service

To help researchers prevent the loss of unique, non-commercially available transgenic mouse and rat strains, RAR will soon offer limited, temporary breeding colony management services for these lines, including pairing, weaning, identification, and genotyping (through Transnetyx). 

RAR cannot provide in-house genotyping. Nutritional and clinical support will continue, as needed.

Breeding colony management services will be performed on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to RAR staffing and space considerations.

If you are interested, please submit the RAR Technical Services Request form. Check the procedure option “Breeding management to maintain unique transgenic lines during reduced operations,” and indicate the unique strain(s) in the “Additional information regarding this request” field.