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Policy on Isolation of Sick Animals

Contact Information

When animals are determined to be sick by a member of the Animal Facility staff or a member of the Research Staff, the Consulting Veterinarian is contacted. The Attending Veterinarian either collects information regarding the animal's condition via telephone from the staff contacting him, or if necessary, the Attending Veterinarian arranges to travel to the CSULB animal facilities to evaluate the animals' condition.

Colony Health Risk

If in the opinion of the Attending Veterinarian, the sick animal is likely to present a health risk to other animals in the facility, the Attending Veterinarian will instruct the facility staff to place the sick animal in isolation until the PI (or designee) responsible for the animals can be contacted. Once the PI is contacted, the Veterinarian and the PI develop a plan to either treat the animal or euthanitize it.

No Colony Health Risk

If in the opinion of the Veterinarian, the sick animal does not pose a health risk to other animals, the sick animal will be left in its home cage and the PI is contacted. The Veterinarian and PI develop a plan to either treat the animal or euthanitize it.

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