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Policy#: 529-280

Title: ANIMAL CARE / VIVARIA ISSUES: Vivarium, Room, and Cage/Tank Cards Postings

Effective: 2/10/2022


Related Policies and Guidance

  • Policy 529-201: Reporting the Mistreatment of Animals and Deficiencies in Their Care at UCR
  • Guidance 529-276: Investigator Care of Animals: A) Inside Vivaria; B) Outside Vivaria


The following information must be posted at all sites where vertebrate animals are maintained (housed or held for procedures) for greater than 12 hours at UCR. For the purposes of this policy, a laboratory site may include a suite of rooms. Information common to all rooms may be posted once at the site. Information that varies among rooms within a site must be posted within each room. Information that varies among animal cages or housing areas within a room must be posted on cage/tank cards.

Note: Information placement can be adjusted as is practical for outdoor sites.

1. Emergency Contact information

Campus information

Must be posted in at least one prominent location at a given site, and include the following:
  • Campus Veterinarian
  • Office of the Campus Veterinarian
  • Campus Police Department
  • UCR Environmental Health and Safety
  • Campus Physical Plant

    Investigators may contact for a compilation of these numbers.

Laboratory/Vivarium information

  • Vivarium Supervisor, if applicable (campus phone)
  • Faculty Member Responsible for Animals (campus phone)
  • Individual(s) to be Notified in Case of Emergency (campus and emergency phone numbers)

2. Cage/tank cards

Cage/tank cards are required for all rodent cages, whether or not located within the vivaria. Cage/tank cards are available inside all vivaria animal rooms or from the vivarium area lead. Within the vivaria the Campus Veterinarian or senior Animal Technician may require additional information to be placed on cage cards to allow for changes in vivaria organization.

For species other than rodents (e.g., aquatic species), it is acceptable to document the below required information in a format other than cage/tank cards. However, this information must be accessible in the animal room or a nearby location.
  • Protocol (AUP) number
  • Species
  • Strain/genetic information (if appropriate)
  • Source (“in-house breeding,” if appropriate)
  • Date received and/or date of birth
  • Sex
  • Number of animals in cage/tank
If relevant for animal care and in the listed approved AUP, the following should also be listed on cage cards:
  • Cage/tank identification
  • Special diet
  • Food or water restriction
  • Environmental modification(s)
  • Infectious agents, toxins, medications or chemical treatments administered to the animal
  • Surgical procedures performed on the animal

3. AUP information

Animals not housed in the vivaria

A copy of the AUP must be accessible to all individuals using/caring for the animals in the animal room or a nearby location. All individuals working with the animals must know the AUP location. If the site is outdoors, the AUP must be stored as close to the site as practical, e.g., the location where the food is prepared. Personal information may be redacted from the AUP.  

Animals housed in the vivaria

A copy of the AUP will be maintained by the senior animal technician.  All PIs housing animals in the vivaria must maintain a copy of the approved AUP in their laboratory that is available to laboratory members accessing the vivaria. All individuals working with the animals must know the AUP location.

4. Reporting animal misuse, mistreatment, or noncompliance

Poster must be posted prominently once at a given site. Investigators may contact for a copy of this poster.

5. Animal Users Health and Safety Program

The Animal Users Health and Safety Program allergens risk poster should be posted in satellite sites where animals are taken. Investigators may contact for a copy of this poster.

Approved: 1/7/2008, last updated 1/10/2022