DAR insider Fall2013

Investigator Manual

Breeding Policy

Rodent Biologics Policy

Standard Operating Procedures
The Department of Animal Resources standard operating procedures are now available on this web site for your information. The SOP document is linked above.

Tail Biopsy Policy
This IACUC approved policy describes the procedures for when and how to take a sample for genotyping

Body Condition Score
The Body Condition Score (BCS) allows you to more precisely evaluate the general condition and health of your animals when body weight is falsely elevated: for instance in tumor or ascites production studies.

Anesthetic and Analgesic Dosages
Anesthetic and Analgesic drug dosages are provided for your reference. It is highly recommended to consult a DAR veterinarian before the administration of these drugs.
Remember it is against federal guidelines to administer non-pharmaceutical grade drugs(i.e. Chemical grade drugs purchased from Sigma). These items must be purchased through the Department of Animal Resources.

Alternative Drug Usage Form for Xylazine

Justification for Multiple Controlled Substances
Our departmental policy is to dispense only 1 bottle of a controlled substance at a time. If your experiment requires you to obtain more than the alloted amount, then you must complete the above justification form which will be reviewed by a DAR veterinarian. Once this review is completed, you will be contacted about the decision to dispense a different amount.

Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Substances Policy

Euthanasia Policy

Tumor guidelines


Animal Health Information
Web Links
Mouse Phenotyping Resources

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  • Department of Animal Resources

    Center for Health Professions 234
    Health Sciences Campus
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, California 90033-9004

    Main Phone: (323) 442-1689
    Main Fax: (323) 442-2768