Animal Transporation Policy and Guidelines

The transport of animals through and between University buildings is often necessary in animal research. It is important when transporting animals that all applicable laws and University and UPMC regulations be followed, so that the welfare of both the animals and the public is protected. We must ensure that animals are appropriately housed and that visitors, staff members, and hospital patients are not unnecessarily exposed to animals being transported. Many individuals have allergies to particular animal species, and their health can be seriously impacted by exposure to those species.

Accordingly, the IACUC has developed and approved a new policy and guidelines related to the transport of animals from University of Pittsburgh animal housing facilities to IACUC-approved research sites including investigator laboratories.

The Animal Transport Policy can be downloaded from:

The related guidelines can be downloaded from:

The Animal Transport Guidelines include specific information to facilitate safe and secure animal transport. These guidelines also include an appendix listing all of the accepted animal transport routes; these routes may be copied and pasted into the relevant section of an IACUC protocol submission.

Please note that animals cannot be removed from a housing facility unless this transport is included in an approved IACUC protocol. The Animal Transport Policy requires that the primary transport caging/device, secondary containment procedures, and transport route used in moving an animal be described in detail in the protocol. All personnel must adhere to the Animal Transport policy, as well as the information related to animal transport provided in the approved IACUC protocol to which an animal is assigned.