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Animal Orders

Ordering Animals from Approved Vendors 

Animal Care's centralized animal ordering platform, ACFC (Animal Care and Facilities Commitee) was implemented on October 1st.  Beginning October 1, investigators who wish to order animals, will use the ACFC (Animal Care and Facilities Commitee) portal. Researchers will submit an online animal procurement form in ACFC and the order will be placed by the Animal Order Coordinator.  ACFC contains all relevant protocol, census and account information, available to the PI.

Key features of the centralized ordering process include:

-Placing the animal order using Animal Care’s account with the vendor
-Entering the confirmed order information into ACFC
-Notifying the PI lab and CMR Husbandry of confirmed animal order and scheduled arrival date
-Billing the PI for the total cost of the animal order at the end of the month the animals are received

In addition, the animal usage is recorded and deducted from the allowed number of animals associated with the protocol.

ACFC Training for the research staff will begin on September 23.  Registration for training will be available on September 21 on Course Registration System (CRS) found on the eIACUC website.

Please note the following:

  • Weekly Deadline- Animal order requests must be submitted prior to Wednesday, 5:00 PM for orders arriving in the following week. Any orders submitted after the deadline are subject to individual vendor delivery deadlines and may not be deliverable on the requested date. Late orders that are deliverable, are subject to a late fee.
  • USDA Species- As per department policy, all USDA species received from vendors must arrive with permanent identification, such as a tattoo or tag. Any vendor costs associated with applying the permanent identification, will be included in the animal order total cost.

All animal orders and transfers must be approved by CMR prior to being initiated. The information below will help you begin this process. Please note that the species, stock, strain and genetic status of the animal being ordered must be covered under your current, IACUC approved animal use protocol.

CMR maintains a list of approved vendors for each species. Animals acquired from approved vendors can be ordered and received according to established procedures. Animals from non-approved sources may be subject to special quarantine, isolation and/or testing procedures and may not be allowed in certain facilities.  Investigators wishing to have a vendor included as an approved vendor should contact the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Sumanth Putta at sp1806@ored.rutgers.edu.

Approved vendor status is determined by the CMR veterinary staff based on some or all of the following criteria:
- Quality control and testing results provided by the vendor
- Vendor Reputation
- Facility tours by CMR
- Test data available from other institutions

For your reference, instructions for using different functions of ACFC is available below, accessible using your Net-ID.  If you have questions about animal orders, please direct your inquiries to: cmr_managers@ored.rutgers.edu

 

Net ID Protected: