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Dr. Wildcat is starting two new experimental procedures recently approved within their animal study protocol (ASP). The lab is performing a minor survival surgery procedure (tumor implantation) and a non-surgical procedure (IP injection) on two mouse cohorts. What cage-side level documentation is required once the respective procedures are done on both cohorts?

  1. Nothing, all information may be kept within lab notebooks. 
  2. The surgical procedure would need to be documented via Pink Card, maintained at cage-side level, and must include information regarding analgesics administration and supportive care. At a minimum this should include the drug name, date, time, dose, and route. 
  3. Both the surgical and non-surgical experimental procedures must be documented via the Pink Card and maintained at cage-side level. Including information regarding analgesics administration and supportive care. At a minimum this should include the drug name, date, time, dose, and route. 
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Dr. Wildcat is starting two new experimental procedures recently approved within their animal study protocol (ASP). The lab is performing a minor survival surgery procedure (tumor implantation) and a non-surgical procedure (IP injection) on two mouse cohorts. What cage-side level documentation is required once the respective procedures are done on both cohorts?

  1. Nothing, all information may be kept within lab notebooks. 
  2. The surgical procedure would need to be documented via Pink Card, maintained at cage-side level, and must include information regarding analgesics administration and supportive care. At a minimum this should include the drug name, date, time, dose, and route. 
  3. Both the surgical and non-surgical experimental procedures must be documented via the Pink Card and maintained at cage-side level. Including information regarding analgesics administration and supportive care. At a minimum this should include the drug name, date, time, dose, and route. 

Learner Feedback: The correct answer is 2. Per The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (The Guide) ,“Medical records are a key element of the veterinary care program and are considered critical for documenting animal well-being as well as tracking animal care and use at a facility.” The Policy on Medical Records for Rodents specifies that surgical procedures must be documented on an Investigator Rodent Health Record (“Pink Card”) and maintained at the cage level by research personnel. Surgery type, Analgesia, and Post-Operative Care must be documented on the Pink Card and maintained at the cage level by research personnel. At minimum analgesic administration should include the drug name, date, time, dose, and route. Information regarding non-surgical experiments that do not induce health conditions or disease models may be kept solely in laboratory notebooks unless otherwise required by your specific protocol. Please note that laboratory documents may be requested for review by various regulatory agencies, IACUC members, and/or CCM personnel.