Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)

Useful Information

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Species

Default Enrichment

Optional Enrichment

NHP

Minimum two toys in cage produce fed daily; playpen access on a rotational basis within cage quadrant; daily human interaction.

Destructible toys such as chew sticks; mirrors; food/foraging; swimming pool; swing.

Sheep

Stainless Steel Mirror; forage feeder; Hay bag w/timothy orchard grass mix hay

Hanging apple milk jug toy

Swine

Rubber or plastic balls, heavy chains, empty plastic milk jugs; Forage feeders

Assorted fresh fruit and vegetables, 3 Musketeers® candy bars, and Milk Bone Dog Biscuits® offered on occasion Brooms fixed to side of cage for scratching

Chicken

Feed is placed out for them to forage

Enviro-dry ®

Cat

Elevated plastic resting shelf; Corrugated paper and commercially available cat toys

Cat pillow

Dog

Toys, nylabones, raised beds

Starch Bones

Rabbit

Timothy cubes, assorted fresh greens and fruit, Bunny Blocks™ in various flavors, Veggie Bites™, commercial rabbit treats; Timothy Mini hay bales

Toys such as a jingle ball

Guinea Pig

Sterilized paper tubes, Polycarbonate Guinea Pig Huts® and Rodent Retreats

Commercial Guinea Pig treats, apples, and carrots

Gerbil

Sand is offered as bedding

Sterilized paper tubes and tissues, Rodent Retreats®, Crawl Balls® Commercial Gerbil treats

Hamster

Nestlets®

Sterilized paper tubes and tissues, Rodent Retreats®, Crawl Balls®

Rat

Enviro-dry®

Sterilized paper tubes and tissues, Rodent Retreats®, Nylabone®, Crawl Balls®

Mouse

Nestlets® Enviro-dry®

Sterilized paper tubes or tissues, Shepherd Shacks® , Mouse Igloos® with or without Fast Tracs®, and mouse houses

Mouse; Nude or Hairless

Enviro-dry®

Sterilized paper tubes or tissues, Shepherd Shacks® , Mouse Igloos® with or without Fast Tracs®, and mouse houses

Information for investigators on USDA categories

New Identification and Temperature Technology Available

Mouse Breeding Colony information

Mouse Reproduction presentation
Please open the link entitled Care of weanling mice and rats this will give you some much needed information on successfully weaning your mice and rats contact information in the event you need additional assistance.
When using weaning cards for your mice, please refer to the information sheet. There is a similar information sheet for weaning rats. If you need further assistance, please contact Cheryl Carmichael in our main office.
Malocclusion in Mice an interesting article from Jax Labs

Occupational Health and Safety Information
An important part of working with laboratory animals is knowing the potential risks involved with certain species. The presentation below may be of value when assessing those risks. Please log on to the myUK webpage. The myUK webpage can be found at https://myuk.uky.edu/irj/portal Select Employee Self-Service tab, select the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources section and book the Occupational Health and Safety course. Once you have completed the course and quiz, print out your completion certificate and either fax it to 859-323-6002 or email it to our Zack Adams. You may also drop or mail a copy of the certificate to our Main office in HSRB 204. Please remember that this is an IACUC requirement for all members of the research staff.

Please complete this section for the Office of Research Integrity
Please click on the following link to access the The Animal Worker Questionnaire print out the form and complete it in full. Please send by campus mail, or attached to an email to the Office of Research Integrity or fax to 859-323-9882. Please note that the 859-323-9882 fax number is ONLY for the Animal Worker Questionnaire.