2017 Laboratory Animal Medicine Handbook

The Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine is a 36-month program recognized by the American College of Laboratory Medicine (ACLAM). The program combines clinical and professional experience in laboratory animal medicine with advanced study leading to a Master of Science degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine.

This format meets the basic requirements of the ACLAM standards for training programs, providing more than 2,000 hours of supervised practice of laboratory animal medicine, approximately 500 hours of didactic teaching, and a mentored research component in the form of a thesis research project for the Master of Science degree.

The general plan is one that provides a broad, basic foundation upon which the individual can build a career in teaching, research, and/or in the professional direction of research animal facilities.

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General Information

About the Residency Program Expand answer

The goal of the residency program is to provide a broad base of training and experience in all aspects of an animal care and use program and to meet the required 2,000 hours of supervised practice of laboratory animal medicine specified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

The practice of laboratory animal medicine includes clinical care of research animals, preventive medicine, preoperative and postoperative care of surgically–manipulated animals, diagnosis of laboratory animal diseases, regulatory compliance and facility management.

The residency program is a joint effort between the student and the faculty, although primary responsibility for the diagnostic and clinical service rest with the assigned faculty member. The assigned faculty member, in turn, is responsible for involving the resident in those activities with educational benefit.

As an employee of the College of Medicine, the resident provides professional service in the form of veterinary care for the animal care and use program which may involve a significant portion of the work day. Meeting clinical/professional responsibilities and academic work will likely require working beyond normal business hours. Due to the major commitment that an intensive three–year training program entails, residents may not hold part–time employment or devote significant portions of their time to activities unrelated to the training program.

Residents are assigned clinical responsibilities on a rotating basis each quarter. The rotations are Central Animal Quarters (CAQ), Animal Research Farm (ARF), Barrier Facilities (ARF and HCAR), and Surgical Service. The ARF rotation includes ZooAmerica.

Residents are responsible for any necropsy and pathology work-up originating from their assigned area and this work must be completed in a timely manner. Residents may be asked to assist in providing professional service in any of the other areas if needed.

Additional details are provided in the “Clinical and Service Responsibilities” section of this handbook.

Other Information Expand answer

It is important for us to know your general whereabouts in case of an emergency. Please let the office personnel know where you can be reached if you are leaving the area. Please wear your assigned pager and have it turned on at all times. Pagers must be set to vibrate when worn in animal housing areas.

Individual workstations are provided in CG726 as office-type space for your convenience. In addition, student cubicles are provided in ARF 171.

In order to preserve the condition of these spaces for future students, you are requested to observe the following:

  • Do not use thumbtacks, nails, screws, etc., to affix anything to the woodwork or walls.
  • If items are displayed by using tape or some other type of adhesive, use a type that will not leave any residual marks.
  • Cubicles or work areas should be kept neat and orderly at all times.

Academic Requirements: Master of Science Degree

Overview Expand answer

The academic program is research-oriented and requires a basic knowledge of laboratory animal medicine. This information is presented in a core curriculum of lectures and active learning sessions, which are designed to review and update fundamental concepts; provide new information; and guide the student to the pertinent literature.

The curriculum is framed theoretically and practically from the perspective of active learning. For example, diagnostic cases, group discussion, and laboratory exercises may be used to emphasize concepts or develop technical skills.

Conferences, seminars, and informal discussions also supplement the program.

This approach to graduate education demands the coordinated effort of both the student and faculty. The relative success of your training will be a direct extension of your efforts. We expect this to be a major commitment in your life, and it will require a maximum effort and dedication during your tenure with us.

Coursework Expand answer

Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits for the master’s degree (see “Course Schedule” later in this guide).

The required courses include:

  • Laws, Regulations and Guidelines, CMED 597 (3 credits)
  • Biology and Care of Laboratory Animals, CMED 501 (3 credits)
  • Laboratory Animal Genetics, CMED 503 (3 credits)
  • Techniques of Animal Experimentation, CMED 507 (3 credits)
  • Experimental Surgery of Laboratory Animals, CMED 515 (3 credits)
  • Diseases of Laboratory Animals I, CMED 530 (3 credits)
  • Diseases of Laboratory Animals II, CMED 531 (3 credits)
  • Thesis Research, CMED 600 (minimum 9 credits)

In addition, students must complete 6 semesters of Colloquium, CMED 590 (1 credit) and Ethics in the Life Sciences, BMS 591 (1 credit).

Students may also elect to complete an independent study in a selected topic (CMED 596) or other courses with the approval of the Training Program Director.

Each student must successfully complete a research project which includes submission of a written thesis, and a final presentation of their research work to their thesis committee, fellow residents and department faculty.

Research may earn 9 to 12 credits (CMED 600) and is given an “R” grade. A 3.00 average or better must be maintained to remain in the program. Course work receiving an “R” grade is not calculated in the cumulative average.

Because of the 36-month limitation to the training program and commitment to the professional veterinary service mission of the department, there is no opportunity in the program to make-up deficient academic work.

Other coursework may be taken if approved in advance by the Training Program Director and if necessary the course director or director of the respective program. Available courses are not limited to the College of Medicine, but may also be taken at Penn State Harrisburg, University Park, or other Commonwealth campuses of Penn State or the World Campus.

In some cases there may be prerequisite requirements and additional tuition expenses. Travel arrangements to other campuses will be the responsibility of the student.

The Graduate School requires all graduate students to complete an online training ethics module during their first year, and participate in a minimum of 5 hours of discipline-specific ethics discussion before graduation. An overview of the program can be found here.

Additional details are provided during the orientation for new graduate students in August.

Thesis Research Expand answer

An original research project that utilizes the scientific method and will result in a manuscript that meets the first-author publication requirements for credentialing by ACLAM is required for completion of the degree. Given the shortened period of time in which to conduct research, projects should be selected that can be completed in 9 to 12 months. No formal laboratory rotation is required, but the student is advised to begin discussion and planning of research projects early in the first year.

The Training Program Director will approve the planned research project and assist the student in selecting members of the thesis committee.

Residents are reminded that completion of the thesis research is required to complete the training program and the master’s degree requirements.

The research work culminates in a written thesis, approved by at least two-thirds of the members of the thesis committee, submitted to The Graduate School (see the section of this handbook titled “Thesis Research Project Timeline”).

Acceptance of a written thesis by the Graduate School is required for completion of the training program.

A final presentation of the research work is made to the thesis committee, department faculty, residents and staff. Submission of a manuscript based on the research before the end of the training period is highly encouraged, but not a requirement for completion of the Master of Science degree. However, in order to apply to take the ACLAM board examination, acceptance of a first author publication is required (see the ACLAM website for additional information).

To assist in preparation of the manuscript, the optional journal format permitted by The Graduate School will be utilized to meet the written thesis requirement.

Briefly, to meet the alternative journal format, the thesis must consist of the research work summarized in a manuscript with an extensive literature review appended. To determine the format of the manuscript, the student is encouraged to use the “instructions to authors” of the journal they will most likely submit the manuscript to, as a guideline.

The student and their thesis committee should determine early in the process to which journal the manuscript will be submitted.

Master's Degree Committee Expand answer

The master’s committee will consists of three or more faculty members of the university (one committee member can be from outside the institution). At least one member of the committee must be a member of The Graduate Faculty.

One member of the committee must be a member of the Department of Comparative Medicine and will serve as the chair of the thesis committee. The role of the chair is to ensure the committee addresses the overall goals of the training program.

One committee member will serve as the thesis advisor and provide guidance to the student in the research. Thus, the thesis advisor should be the “expert” in the subject of the thesis. The thesis advisor may be a faculty member outside the department. The chair of the committee and the thesis advisor may be the same individual if appropriate.

One committee member can be from outside the institution if their expertise suits the project. The Training Program Director should be listed on the signatory page of the thesis but does not need to be a member of the committee.

The responsibilities of the master’s degree committee are to provide general guidance for the student and to ensure successful completion of the thesis research.

The committee will meet with the student a minimum of three times. The first meeting will be during the spring semester of the student’s first year to review and approve the student’s thesis research proposal. The second meeting will occur during the student’s second year to assess the progress of the research. A third meeting is held in the spring semester of the student’s third year to again assess the progress of the research and approve the final master’s thesis. The third meeting should occur no later than four weeks prior to the spring semester deadline for thesis submission.

Students are encouraged to schedule additional committee meetings to assure appropriate progress.

The student will give two presentations related to their research. A presentation of the proposed research will occur during the spring semester of the first year. The presentation of the student’s research progress to date will occur during the spring semester of the second year. The presentations are generally scheduled as part of Colloquium (CMED 590).

A defense of the thesis is not required.

External Rotations Expand answer

A four-week rotation at NIH is available to provide experience with non-human primates and other species.

In general, this rotation will be scheduled during May to July of the first year. Additional rotation opportunities may be schedule during the training program.

Residents will be responsible for scheduling the dates and other details of the rotations. The department will provide a housing allowance for the external rotations.

Course Schedule Expand answer
Research Schedule Expand answer

Departmental Standards

Attendance Expand answer
  • All residents/graduate students are expected to be in attendance at least 8 hours/day on all regular working days. The department’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents are expected to be present during normal business hours. Time off for local errands may be requested if they cannot be accomplished during the regular lunch hour period or after business hours.
  • Attendance at Grand Rounds (Friday), as well as department seminars and events is expected.
  • Absences for other than illness must be approved in advance of the departure date. Requests for such absences must be in writing and submitted to the Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine. Depending upon the situation, all or part of the absence may need to be taken as vacation time. All faculty affected by the absence of the student must be notified of the intended absence prior to submission of requests. Requests will not be approved if they interfere with class schedules or other assignments.
  • Absences for illness must be reported to 717-531-8460 no later than 8:30 a.m. on the day of absence.
  • The following days are usually established as holidays, however, residents may be scheduled for on-call duty on any of these days: New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day. Residents who perform
    on-call duties during university holidays will be granted a compensatory day for each holiday day worked. The timing of compensatory days off will be handled in the same manner as other vacation days (see below).
Vacation Expand answer

The resident may take up to two weeks (10 work days) as vacation time per year.

A written request (e-mail is acceptable) for vacation time must be submitted to the Training Program Director and the department chair.

Vacation days must be used within the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) and cannot be carried over.

New Parent Leave Expand answer

Residents are eligible for up to six weeks of paid leave in the event that they become parents, as defined in the Penn State University Guidelines for Graduate Assistant Paid Leave.

Residents requiring new parent leave must submit an online request to the Training Program Director and department chair as soon as the date of adoption or anticipated birth is known.

Faculty will work with the resident to make up didactic work, as circumstances allow.

Travel Expand answer

Each resident will be eligible for supported travel to one regional or national meeting during each year in the program. Residents are expected to submit an abstract for a poster presentation to the meeting of their choice. Residents are also expected to arrange for coverage of their clinical work while they attend meetings.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • First year residents complete their 1 month rotations at Poolesville.
  • Second year residents will attend the AVMA National Convention, typically held in mid- July to early August.
  • Third year residents will attend the AALAS National Meeting, typically held in late October to early November.
  • The program will provide registration for all residents annually to attend the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s Keystone Veterinary Conference held in mid-August in Hershey, PA.
  • Residents may be eligible for additional support for attendance of local meetings, depending on location and availability of funds. (Locally offered IACUC 101 courses, local AALAS Branch Conferences and the LAWTE meeting are examples).
Dress Code Expand answer

Residents are expected to dress in a manner consistent with a positive professional image. We recognize that clothes do not make a person. However, one must remember that first impressions are often based on one’s dress; and an individual is more likely to perform at a higher level if he/she feels well dressed.

It is not uncommon for our department to interact with members of the senior administration, outside organizations and the general public. Open–toed shoes or spiked heels are not acceptable for safety reasons. T-shirts and shorts are not appropriate dress during business hours.

Three lab coats are provided by the Department and will be laundered on a regular basis, if placed in the proper receptacle. If additional lab coats are required to maintain a neat appearance, they may be purchased online from Linen Services.

Confidentiality and Proprietary Information Expand answer

Research, by its very nature, involves techniques, methods and information which must be protected until published in the public domain.

Examples of protected information include:

  • details of ongoing research
  • information included in protocols and grant applications
  • information shared in different venues such as IACUC meetings

You should never post confidential or proprietary information on social media. Use good ethical judgment and do not post pictures you may take of research animals, whether with your cell phone or a camera.

On-campus users can refer to the Animal Facility Photography Policy 19.8 and Use of Electronic Devices Policy 19.9 for details (login required).

Student Services

American Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (AALAS) Membership Expand answer

Residents will be provided with a Gold-level AALAS membership for the duration of their residency.

Benefits include discounts on purchases from the AALAS store, membership in the TechLink listserv, and complimentary subscriptions to the Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Medicine (JAALAS) and Laboratory Animal Science Professional magazine.

See additional information about membership benefits here.

Departmental Library Expand answer

In addition to the Harrell Health Sciences Library, students have free access to the limited books in the departmental library (CAQ CG724). Books should not be removed from this room, unless they have been properly checked out with the clerical personnel.

Teaching/reference books, marked by a piece of red tape, are to remain in the Department Library at all times, and may not be checked out.

Supplies Expand answer

Pens, pencils, and paper will be provided for business use only. File folders and other items for personal use must be purchased by the student.

Pagers Expand answer

A pager is issued to each resident and must be used during normal business hours and when on-call. Pagers should be set on vibrate when worn in animal housing areas.

No cell phones, MP3 players, or other electronic devices are permitted in animal housing areas.

On-campus users can refer to the Use of Electronic Devices Policy 19.9 for details (login required).

Telephone Expand answer

The telephone in CG721 may be used for in-house or local, business calls. Personal calls should be made using personal cell phones.

Computers Expand answer

Four computers are available for Comparative Medicine student use at the residents’ workstation in Room CG726 (CAQ). Additional work stations are available in room 171 in the ARF.

The computers used by the clerical staff are for their use only.

Computers are also available for student use in the Harrell Health Sciences Library (first floor).

Technical and Clerical Services Expand answer

The services of technical and clerical personnel are, in general, not available to students, except for special circumstances pre-approved by the Chair.

Financial Assistance

Salary and Tuition Expand answer

Department of Comparative Medicine residents are appointed as half-time Graduate Assistants to assist in the provision of clinical care and professional services.

As Graduate Assistants, residents receive a salary, and tuition is covered by the College of Medicine.

For other students, financial assistance may be provided in the form of a research fellowship, or military pay and allowances.

Students appointed as Graduate Assistants or Research Fellows must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to retain their eligibility.

Students receiving any form of financial assistance from any source may not engage in any part-time employment.

Clinical Responsibilities and Requirements

Clinical and Service Responsibilities Expand answer

Resident assignments alternate quarterly between the following areas:

  • Animal Research Farm (ARF), including ZooAmerica
  • ARF Barrier Wing and Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR) Animal Facility
  • Central Animal Quarters (CAQ)
  • Surgical rotation, ARF Large Animal Wing and Gro-Mor Barn

The resident is expected to make an inspection of his/her assigned area beginning no later than 8 a.m. each morning (10:30 a.m. for the CAQ rotation). The purpose of these “rounds” is to study normal, as well as abnormal, behavioral patterns of the animals and provide clinical care for new and ongoing cases.

The resident is responsible for the initial assessment of every animal problem identified by the animal care staff or research personnel.

The resident will then present their assessment of the case to the clinical veterinarian assigned to the area. The clinical veterinarian and resident will determine the appropriate diagnostic and treatment options and communicate their findings and plans to the principal investigator or research staff. The clinical veterinarian may delegate additional follow-up to the resident.

Every postsurgical animal should be observed at least twice a day. An animal which is believed to be abnormal will be given a complete physical examination after determining its history. All relevant findings should be made in writing in the animal’s clinical record or on the Animal Observation Notification (AON) card, as applicable.

These findings, as well as recommended diagnostic tests, differential diagnoses, therapies or other management strategies must be presented and discussed with the clinical veterinarian responsible for that area. This will normally be done immediately following morning rounds.

Presentations of case materials and results of diagnostic tests should be discussed with the clinical veterinarian as soon as possible.

The faculty mentor”s name should be placed in the space marked “Requested by” on all diagnostic request slips and initiated by both the faculty mentor and resident. The faculty mentor will discuss the results with the resident as soon as possible after receipt from the diagnostic laboratory.

Any dead or euthanized animals submitted for necropsy will be the responsibility of the resident assigned to the area in which the animals were housed. The resident assigned to the surgical rotation will assist with scheduled surgeries and any necessary pre- and post-procedural care. The resident assigned to ARF (non-barrier facilities) will accompany the clinical veterinarian on any visits to ZooAmerica. However, any resident is welcomed and encouraged to participate in these activities if their schedule permits.

This schedule does not preclude the resident and/or faculty members from responsibility at any other time should an emergency arrive. An emergency is defined as a situation which is potentially life-threatening or one in which immediate attention is required. In this case, the resident or faculty member will contact the other. In order for this to function, it is necessary that the faculty members and students inform each other, as well as the assigned area’s administrative assistants, where they can be reached. They also must wear their assigned pagers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week.

Clinical Rotations: All Areas Expand answer

Routine responsibilities:

  • Make rounds on a daily basis of the assigned clinical area (refer to Resident Rotation Schedule).
  • Check each animal room, assessing especially those animals identified for observation (AON card). Animal room checks should also include an assessment of appropriate environmental conditions as well as identification of any other non-animal related problems.
  • Residents are responsible for making sure that all treatments are performed and documented. Treatments may be performed by licensed veterinary technicians or animal care technicians as permitted by the facility manager and under the direction of the clinical veterinarian. First-year residents are responsible for performing treatments as directed by the clinical veterinarian for the rotation.
  • Meet with the clinical veterinarian for your assigned area and discuss the cases and develop a management plan. The clinical veterinarian will determine the appropriate follow-up. It is expected as residents gain experience, they will take on more responsibilities for follow-up on cases and communication with research staff.
  • Other diagnostic and routine procedures will be scheduled in advance in conjunction with the clinical veterinarian.
  • Diagnostic tests or procedures on animals whose lives are in danger will be done as soon as possible. Non-life-threatening situations may be scheduled in advance.
  • Quarantine/Acclimation:
    • Refer to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual for the appropriate quarantine/acclimation period for each species.
    • Generally, rodents (purchased from approved vendors) are acclimated in the room in which they will be permanently housed and released from acclimation on the Monday following receipt.
    • Any medical problems or unexpected deaths during quarantine or acclimation should be reported immediately to the clinical veterinarian and Atrya Reigle (ARF 185) to qualify for possible replacement or credit.
    • Any animal that becomes ill or dies while in quarantine or acclimation must be necropsied.
    • Animals cannot be used for experimentation while in quarantine or under acclimation, or released early from quarantine/acclimation without the approval of the Director of the Animal Resource Program (Dr. Ronald Wilson).
  • In general, necropsies should be completed for all dead or euthanized animals, particularly if there is unexpected morbidity or mortality. Residents should work in close communication with the clinical veterinarians to determine whether a necropsy should be performed.
ARF Barrier Wing and HCAR Animal Facility Expand answer
  • Make daily rounds in the HCAR Animal Facility and the ARF Barrier Wing following the prescribed traffic flow pattern.
  • Assure that routine treatments are completed and documented on the AON card. All residents are responsible for performing routine treatments (teeth trims, nail trims, medication administration) and/or assuring that treatments have been performed (researchers may elect to be trained to perform their own treatments and some animal care givers may be authorized to do some treatments like teeth trims).
  • Participation in the sentinel animal health monitoring program, including collection of tissue and samples for testing and arranging sentinel animals within animal rooms is expected, as directed by the clinical veterinarian.
ARF Small Animal Wings and ZooAmerica Expand answer
  • Make rounds on a daily basis of the small animal wings following the prescribed traffic flow pattern.
  • Assure that routine treatments are completed and documented on clinical records for rabbits and guinea pigs or AON cards for rodents. All residents are responsible for performing routine treatments and assisting in teach and nail trims.
  • Assure that rabbits are housed in cages with space size in accordance with the Guide and with appropriate enrichment devises.
  • Arrange and perform fecal collection and submission from newly received rabbits for testing within 48 hours of receipt and treatments as needed.
  • Check any animals in Quarantine, ARF 104 that are identified by the animal care staff as requiring veterinary attention. Note: this room is to be entered only after entering all other animal rooms at ARF or CAQ for the day, except for ARF 144 with known contaminated mice for rederivation.
  • Assist with termination, collection of samples, necropsy, and processing of samples from sentinel animals in ARF 104 quarantine.
  • Make rounds at ZooAmerica, typically, the second and fourth Monday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon. Other visits may be scheduled as needed. The resident is not required to perform necropsies for zoo animals, but is responsible for following any necropsy case from the zoo to completion.
Central Animal Quarters Expand answer
  • Make rounds on a daily basis of all areas, including the biohazard suite (B34) following the prescribed traffic flow pattern.
  • Assure that routine treatments are completed and documented on the AON card. All residents are responsible for performing routine treatments (teeth trims, nail trims, medication administration) and/or assuring that treatments have been performed (researchers may elect to be trained to perform their own treatments and some animal care givers may be authorized to do some treatments like teeth trims).
  • Assist with the sentinel animal health monitoring program, including collection of tissue and samples for testing.
Surgical Rotation, Large Animal Wing and Gro-Mor Barn Expand answer
  • Make rounds on a daily basis of the Large Animal Wing and Gro-Mor Barn.
  • Calves, sheep, goats and pigs should be checked within 24 hours of receipt and have a physical examination completed and recorded in the clinical record.
  • Check the OR schedule with Joy Ellwanger, OR Coordinator or Lori Davis, CVT. Discuss upcoming cases with Dr. Izer beforehand and determine what pre- and post-procedural care will be needed.
  • Calves, sheep, goats, cats and dogs scheduled for surgery should have a complete physical examination at least 24 hours prior to surgery. Other species such as pigs or rabbits should be examined/observed to the extent possible prior to surgery. In some cases, preoperative blood work may be required; check with the clinical veterinarian.
  • Post-surgical animals should be examined at least twice a day for the first 48 hours post-surgery. Assessment of the animal for signs of pain or distress is an essential part of this examination. All findings, treatments and procedures must be recorded in the animal’s medical record. In most cases, analgesic drugs will to be given during this period and are the responsibility of the resident. Dogs, cats, sheep, goats and calves should have a TPR done daily during the first 48-72 hours following surgery. (Animals under the care of Artificial Organs will have this done by their animal technicians, but the animal’s condition should still be checked and the results of TPR and other assessments reviewed by the resident.)
On-Call Duties Expand answer
  • Each resident will participate, along with faculty veterinarians, in providing emergency coverage on a rotating schedule. Residents can anticipate that they will be assigned on-call for at least one major holiday per year. In most cases, residents are able to plan major holiday emergency coverage with one another in a manner that allows individuals to celebrate religious holidays yet provides fairness in distribution of holiday duties.
  • Changes in the on-call schedule must be approved by Dr. Ronald Wilson in advance. Because changes in on-call assignment must be revised on the schedule which is distributed to a number of different places, changes must be kept to a minimum.
  • Residents will be assigned a pager which must be worn at all times when on-call. They are also encouraged to wear their pagers during regular working hours when not on call. Pager numbers, home telephone numbers and cell phone numbers (if available) will be listed on the on-call schedule, placards that are placed throughout the animal facility and on the Animal Resources Program Infonet website (internally facing and password protected).
  • The on-call veterinarian is expected make a daily assessment of all cases identified as needing follow–up on weekends and holidays, beginning no later than 9 a.m. In some situations, the on–call veterinarian may be required to provide treatment although treatments are usually coordinated with animal care and research staff. They may also have to respond to emergencies at ZooAmerica or the Weis Center for Research.
  • The on-call veterinarian must respond by telephone to any page within 15 minutes and should be prepared to physically respond to an emergency within 30 minutes of the call.
  • Residents will be provided 4 hours (1/2 day) of compensation time off after each on-call week they work. Compensatory half days must be taken within 2 weeks of the on call week. Half-days can be accumulated to one full day with permission from the Program Director. Compensatory half days should be negotiated among the faculty and residents to assure that there is appropriate coverage for all clinical areas and that important opportunities for learning aren’t missed.
How to Report Problems in Animal Facilities Expand answer

When something abnormal is observed with any animal, note the following before contacting the clinical veterinarian:

  • Species, age, sex, identification number (if it has one), and animal protocol number
  • Receiving date and supplier
  • Location (ARF, CAQ, Gro-Mor Barn) and room number
  • Review the associated animal protocol (located in the PRAMS system) to understand the research project.

When a personnel or management problem is observed, contact the Facility Manager, Ms. Penny Devlin (pager 0639, 717-531-8465).

When an environmental problem (air flow, plumbing, temperature, lighting, alarms, etc.) is observed, contact the following according to severity and availability of the person:

  • Technician for that area (ARF technician pager – 0413; CAQ technician pager – 0593)
  • Ms. Penny Devlin – 717-531-8465, pager 0639
  • Building Operations Center (BOC) – 717-531-8013