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  1. What must be documented on the Rodent Medical Record (Pink Card)?
    A.Post-operative analgesics
    B. Feed and fluid administration
    C. Animal hair color
    D. Cage changes

Correct Answer: A


The IACUC Policy on Medical Records for Rodents requires:

  • Surgical Procedures and Post-operative Care: The Investigator Rodent Health Record (“Pink Card”) must be used to document the surgery type and post-operative care.  Documentation on the Pink Card must include records of post-operative analgesic administration as well as any other treatments or supportive care administered during the immediate post-operative period.  At a minimum, documentation of analgesics should include the drug name, date, time, dose and route.
  • Non-surgical Experimentally Induced Health Conditions: Cages must have a general description of the model identified on a Pink Card at the cage level.   Detailed clinical care notations and monitoring related to non-surgical experimentally induced disease should be maintained by research personnel in research records such as a lab notebook, Pink Card or similar system.  Records must be available to IACUC or CCM veterinary staff upon request.

Review the Policy on Medical Records for Rodents here:


  1. Medical record documentation for USDA-covered species (rabbits and larger) includes:
    A.Surgical records, including vitals monitoring
    B. Monitoring and health checks
    C. Euthanasia
    D. All of the above

Correct Answer:  D


The IACUC Medical Record Policy for USDA-covered species (rabbits and larger) requires the Principal Investigators and veterinary staff to ensure that all:

  • Observations, care, treatments and procedures (experimental or clinical) are documented in the animals’ medical records.
  • Concise and factual descriptions of procedures and care provided to the animals.
  • All handwritten medical record forms (e.g., anesthesia records, post-operative monitoring forms) must be legible to someone other than the writer.
  • All paper medical record forms (e.g., anesthesia records, post-operative monitoring forms, diagnostic reports) must be scanned and appended to the electronic medical record in a timely manner.
  • The final disposition of the animal (e.g., euthanasia, transfer to another investigator/institution) and necropsy report if performed.

Review the IACUC Medical Records Policy here: