Required Monitoring of Animals Following Anesthesia

This is a reminder to animal users that all anesthetized animals must be observed until they fully recover from anesthesia. The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals states that "...animals should be in a clean, dry and comfortable area where they can be observed frequently by trained personnel." Failure to adequately monitor animals recovering from anesthesia is a serious noncompliance issue that must be reported to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare:

Please remind your students and staff members to always monitor animals (for example, at least every 15 minutes) after anesthesia until they have fully recovered. If an emergency occurs such that an animal monitor must leave before an animal is fully awake, and a replacement is not available, animal facility personnel must be notified. A new monitor must be in place before the original monitor leaves. 

If a mandatory evacuation occurs (e.g., a fire alarm sounds), recovering animals should be placed in a cage, box, or secured enclosure, and personnel must leave the area immediately. Animal research personnel leaving an animal unattended during an evacuation and then immediately returning to the animal upon reentry to a building are not in violation of regulations.  

If you have any questions please contact the IACUC Office or the IACUC Chair.

Frank Jenkins, Ph.D.