General Campus Policies:

Handbook of Policies and Procedures (PDF)

This is the University of Maryland IACUC’s policies and procedures specific to the IACUC.

Animal Emergency Response Handbook (PDF)

Emergency response plans related specifically to animal facilities on University of Maryland property. For general University information please go to this website.

Animal Handler Health and Safety Program (PDF)

The detailed description of the AHHSP on campus as well as specific hazards related to animal research.

IACUC Policies:

Invertebrates (Word)

Post-approval Monitoring (Word)

The Use of Designated Review in IACUC Animal Study Protocol Review (Pdf)

Accounting for Animal Numbers in Animal Study Protocols and Censuses (Word)

Guidance on USDA Categories for Pain (Word)

Veterinary Policies:

Physical Restraint Policy (Word)

Multiple Surgical Survival (Word)

Separation of Species (Word)

Chemical Grade Agents (Word)

Survival Surgery – Rodent, Bat and Bird (PDF)

Survival Bleeding (PDF)

Use of Hypothermia as Anesthesia for Neonatal Rodents (Word)

Documentation of Animal User Training for Lab Personnel (Word)

Adjuvants (Word)

Analgesia, Pain and Distress (Word)

Anesthesia (Word)

Anesthetic Gas (Word)

Anesthetic Record, sample (Excel)

Animal Health and Surgery Records (Word)

Animal Procurement (PDF)

Animal Procurement form (PDF)

Animal Transportation (PDF)

Food and Water Restriction (Word)

Humane Endpoints in Animal Study Protocols (PDF)

Medications for Laboratory Animals (Word)

Monoclonal Antibody Production (Word)

Polyclonal Antibody Production (Word)

Genotyping (Word)

Rodent Breeding (Word)

Use of Non-pharmaceutical Grade Drugs (Word)

Controlled Substances (Word)

Facility Policies:

Approved Rodent Source Vendors

- Taconic (

- The Jackson Laboratory (

- Charles River, Inc (

- Harlan (

- NCI Animal Prodcution (

- Convance Research Products (

- Hilltop Lab Animals, Inc (

Confirming Function of Steam Autoclaves (Word)

Documenting Temperature and Relative Humidity of Animal Rooms

Unless an automated system is on-line, temperature and humidity will be documented daily in each occupied conditioned animal room by noting the current, high and low values. Thermometers and hygrometers must be reset after the daily readings. Ranges for acceptable temperature and humidity will be prominently posted in each animal facility and laboratory that houses animals for more than 12 hours a day.

Posting of the Communicating Animal Care and Use Letter

The letter recounting animal abuse and neglect signed by the VP for Research must be prominently posted in each animal facility and each laboratory that uses animals.

Illumination and Noise in Animal Facilities

Food and Drink in Labs (Word)

Central Animal Procurement Systems (CAPS)(PDF)