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Vertebrate animal species arriving from outside the UW–Madison campus must have a minimum of 72 hours to stabilize, acclimate and recover from shipping stress prior to use in any survival procedure.
Acclimation periods shorter than 72 hours may be used with scientific justification and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval or with approval from a Research Animal Resources and Compliance (RARC) or Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) veterinarian.
A minimum acclimation period is not required for animals intended for use after intra-campus transport or in non-survival procedures; it is however strongly recommended animals receive at least 72 hours post-transport acclimation prior to use in a research protocol.
A RARC or WNPRC veterinarian may extend the acclimation period or deny the use of an animal if in their professional judgment there are medical or animal-welfare concerns.
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