Animal Resource Facility
Conducting Research with Animals
The ARF is responsible for ALL research animal procurement. ALL requests for animals and all
animal orders MUST be placed ONLY by the ARF office. All requests and inquiries to use animals
should be directed to the ARF office. Procedures for procuring animals are detailed below:
Transfer from Other Institutions
- Prerequisites / Conditions
To maintain animals in the ARF a Principal Investigator MUST:
- Have a current, approved Animal Use Protocol with sufficient numbers available for
the species requested.
- Have an ARF account for billing purposes. To establish an account, direct
inquiries to ARF accounting dept.
- Commercial Vendors
- When placing an animal order for rodents, you must first determine the
species/strain/substrain/genotype that you need. If uncertain of the supplier,
please visit the following approved vendor list to determine availability, cost,
- Harlan Sprague-Dawley
- Jackson Laboratories
- Charles River
Animal Order Deadlines
- Animal Orders to vendors are routinely placed on Thursday morning.
- Animal Order requests must be placed prior to 9:00 AM on Thursday for
animals expected to be delivered the following week.
- Holiday Deadlines
- Holidays sometimes disrupt normal ordering and delivery
- Check with the ARF office regarding holiday schedules 272-3936 or
- On-line Ordering
Animal Order Form
- Attach the completed form and email to
In order to receive animals from another academic or research institution, the
transfer must first be approved by the HSC ARF attending veterinarian. The
approval is based upon the determination of the health and SPF (Specific
Pathogen Free) status of the animals. In order to complete this assessment, the
HSC ARF veterinarian must review a Health Surveillance Report, to be provided by
the originating institution veterinary staff.
Transfer to Other Institutions
- Animal Transfer Procedures
- Complete the
IMPORTING ANIMALS TO UNM form
- Forward the document to the originating institution for completion of
- Submit the completed form to the ARF
veterinarian with a complete explanation of the request
- The ARF office will notify you of approval or disproval of the request, as
well as conditions of the importation and quarantine of the animals.
- When notified of approval, the PI is responsible for contacting the ARF
office (272-3936) to verify animal numbers, gender, housing conditions, protocol
number, ARF account number, etc.
Transfer of animals within UNM HSC
- Complete the form EXPORTING
ANIMALS FROM UNM
- Provide destination institution Animal Resource Facility veterinary staff
- Coordinate shipment through ARF
- ARF will coordinate shipment/transfer
All animals maintained within the ARF must be maintained on a current, approved
Animal Use Protocol. If you wish to transfer animals form one protocol to
another, you must know what the animal protocol numbers are. If the animals are
being transferred from one PI to another, on approved protocols, the PIs names
and protocol numbers must be available.
- Contact the ARF Office to request transfer
- Provide the following information
- Quantity of animals, number of cages
- Age, gender
- Housing arrangements requested
- Number of cage cards needed
- Protocol numbers
- PI name(s)
- Animal Room requested
- Complete and submit the form
"IMPORTING ANIMALS TO UNM"
- IMPORTATION: Follow USDA Guidelines for importation of animals into the United States -
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/live_animals.shtml. USDA does not normally regulate import of
laboratory rodents unless they have been exposed to foreign agriculture relevant animal diseases. However,
specific information should be added to the health certificate based upon USDA Guidelines for Importation
of Laboratory Mammals # 1103 [
The CDC regulates import of specific species of animals and infected animals and tissues if they pose a human
infectious disease risks. Specific species include nonhuman primates, dogs cats, ferrets, African rodents and
other exotic pets. Specific pathogen free (SPF laboratory mice and rats are not generally regulated by the CDC.
- EXPORTATION: Contact the ARF veterinary staff
- Contact the UNM HSC ARF veterinarian for additional information that may be