Division of Laboratory Animal Resources

COVID-19 Preparedness

At present, research operations at the University of Kentucky are to continue as normal. Of course, the situation with COVID-19 is fluid and it is our hope that the impact on your research animal care and use will be limited. However, in the event that the situation becomes more serious we encourage you to consider the following in your preparations:

  1. Review with your colleagues and personnel your unit emergency response plan.
  2. Consider designating “essential personnel” to care for the daily husbandry needs of your animals. Be prepared for core facilities and other fee-for-service resources to become unavailable. 
  3. Since orders of critical supplies could be delayed, consider alternative sources.
  4. Although evidence shows the virus originated from an unknown animal source, the CDC states that, “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.” However, until additional information comes to light, we should be cautious and assume the possibility of both zoonotic (animal to human) and anthropozoonotic (human to animal) transmission is possible. For this reason, anyone showing clinical symptoms of respiratory disease should not enter animal quarters. Stay home if you are sick.
  5. As always, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water frequently and avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.

DLAR supports the biomedical research community at the University of Kentucky by providing the highest quality veterinary services and humane care and treatment to the animals in our care. DLAR has been continuously accredited since 1966 by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International.

DEA Registration

In order to complete the online application for a DEA-225 Research Registration see Section X of the UK Researcher Guide for the use of DEA Controlled Substances. This document also has important information regarding a registrant holder's responsibilities.

If you encounter any issues or have questions, please contact a DLAR Veterinarian for assistance.

DLAR Workshops and Continuing Education Credits

DLAR offers a variety of workshops and seminars, including Injection Techniques and Post-Surgical Monitoring. To see a list of offered subjects, see the Training page. All workshops and seminars offered by DLAR are eligible to fulfill IACUC Continuing Education Credit requirements. Presentation PowerPoints are available on the Training page. 

Outside Resources

  • Charles River Laboratories offers a free video article on JoVE, "Principles of Rodent Surgery for the New Surgeon". 
  • Jackson Lab
  • Nature ARRIVE - nature introduces editorial measures to improve consistency and quality of reporting in life-sciences articles. Central to this initiative is a checklist intended to prompt authors to disclose technical and statistical information in their sessions, and to encourage referees to consider aspects important for research reproducibility. Access the ARRIVE guidelines here.