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The following additional information is strongly recommended to be included on the cage card:
Pertinent dates (date of birth, date of arrival)
Source of the animal (e.g., name of commercial vendor or institution, breeding colony)
Strain or stock of animal (if known)
Individual rodent cages must have a card unless there is an approved protocol exception or as directed by veterinary staff or facility supervisor.
For species that tend to chew or damage cards, keep cards in a nearby location, such as a room logbook, or posted on a door.
For animals lacking a permanent physical identification (i.e. tattoo) and for which the cage cards are not directly placed on their cages, a method must be in place and readily accessible to vets and husbandry staff for linking these animals to their identifying information and records (e.g. room diagram of animal(s) location or a description of individual animals).