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Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)

Chapter: Appendix C: Transportation Checklist

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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Appendix C

Transportation Checklist

CHECKLIST FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF LIVE ANIMALS FOR RESEARCH

This checklist is provided to help you plan the transport of your animals for research. The following resources are for information purposes only and should not be considered complete. The checklist is not meant to replace official documents, permits, certificates, etc. It was created by compiling various points made by speakers and attendees of the Workshop on Transportation of Laboratory Animals.

SECTION A: General Information

Sending Investigator: Receiving Investigator:
Sending Institution: Receiving Institution:
Protocol Number: Protocol Number:
Approval Date: Approval Date:
Expiration Date: Expiration Date:
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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Sending Institution Shipping Coordinator Receiving Institution Shipping Coordinator
Name: Name:
Office Phone: Office Phone:
Mobile Phone: Mobile Phone:
Email: Email:
Backup Shipping Coordinator or Emergency After Hours Contact Backup Shipping Coordinator or Emergency After Hours Contact
Name: Name:
Office Phone: Office Phone:
Mobile Phone: Mobile Phone:
Email: Email:
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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SECTION B: Species Information

Common name:

Genus species:

Strain or stock:

Total males:

Total females:

Number of animals with litters:

**Note: Transport of nursing animals is strongly discouraged.

Age and number of animals in each litter:

  • Provide purpose and veterinary authorization to transport these animals

Total number of offspring or larvae (list by age):

Total number of animals:

Health or physical conditions that may impact travel (e.g., age, obesity, immune status, surgical alteration):

  • Provide purpose and veterinary authorization to transport these animals
  • What provisions are being made to address these issues?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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Number of shipping boxes:

Number of primary enclosures within shipping box (for aquatic and semi-aquatic):

SECTION C: Initial Requirements

Do you have all of the following?

  • A signed written agreement to transfer the animals between the two parties?
  • A signed material transfer agreement where applicable?
  • Funds to transport the animals?
  • Written approval from the sending institution?
  • Written approval from the receiving institution?
  • The exclusion pathogen/agent/parasite list for the United States? (imports only)
  • The exclusion/pathogen/agent/parasite list for the country of destination? (exports only)
  • The exclusion pathogen/agent/parasite list for the receiving institution?
  • Breeder’s statement, if animal was born in the United States?

Have you consulted the following regulatory requirements or guidelines?

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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SECTION D: Type of Movement and Corresponding Requirements

IMPORTATION OF LIVE ANIMALS INTO THE UNITED STATES

Entry location:

Quarantine location (where applicable):

Federal agencies to be contacted depending on species:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) CBP clears all shipments entering the country: 1-877-227-5511
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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EXPORTATION OF LIVE ANIMALS TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY

  1. U.S. site of embarkation:

  2. Destination country:

    • Obtain requirements through the consulate, embassy, or ministry of agriculture
    • Documents may need to be written in the destination country’s native language
  3. All borders crossed before reaching final destination:

    • Applies to land travel or off loading/hold over from a flight before continuing on
    • Information can be obtained from each country’s consulate, embassy, or ministry of agriculture

Federal agencies to be contacted prior to exportation depending on the species

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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INTER- AND INTRA-STATE TRANSPORTATION INVOLVING THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, HAWAII, ALASKA, AND U.S. TERRITORIES

State and Territory Requirements

Health, vaccination, and testing requirements:

Permits and species restrictions:

Prohibited/invasive species:

State anti-cruelty laws/statutes:

SECTION E: Journey Planning

  1. Dates of movement

  2. Origin of the animals

  3. Final destination of the animals

  4. Are the animals being imported into the United States or exported from the United States?

    • Borders crossed (ground transportation)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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  1. For import or export, has the FWS port been contacted to arrange inspection?
  2. Are all import or export documents finalized?

    • Do you have one original copy for each border crossed?
    • Are documents required to be written in the destination country’s native language?
    • Are documents attached to container/caging for easy inspection?
  3. Can the bedding be imported into the state or country of destination?

  4. Is the enclosure properly labeled?

  5. For airline travel:

    • Are non-stop flights available?
    • Are the flights confirmed?
    • Is the pilot alerted to animals being included in the manifest?
  6. At what time will the movement begin?

  7. At what time are the animals expected to arrive?

    • Is there a time difference between the site of origin and the site of destination?
  8. What is the total travel time of the trip?

  9. Will the travel occur over the weekend?

  10. Will the travel occur during a U.S., state, or foreign country holiday?

    **Note: This type of travel is highly discouraged.

  11. What are the weather reports along the entire route?

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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  1. Who are the points of contact for each leg of the trip?
  2. Will an intermediate handler take possession during the course of travel?

    • If so, when?
    • Is there a written agreement?
    • If multiple intermediate handlers are involved, list them:
  3. Is the operator of the transport vehicle adequately trained to transport the species?

  4. Will transportation be provided by a privately owned vehicle?

    • If so, what is the person’s name?
    • Is the vehicle temperature- and humidity-controlled?
    • Are backup heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems available?
    • How are environmental conditions monitored and recorded?
    • Have the state regulations regarding transport of animals in private vehicles been reviewed (e.g., anti-cruelty always, prohibited species, commercial licensure agreements)?
  5. How often will the animal be observed during the trip by the carrier or intermediate handler? (Note: may not be applicable to aquatic species)

    • Is there a written agreement?
    • How will the observation be recorded?
  6. How often will the animals receive water during the trip?

    (Note: not applicable to aquatic species)

    • How will water be provided (e.g., water, gel, other fluid, and foodstuffs)?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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SECTION F: Planning in Case of Emergencies and Other Unexpected Events

  1. How is the shipment tracked during transport?

  2. Can operators of the transport vehicle communicate the status of the shipment to senders and receivers during travel?

    • What is the mode of communication (e.g., cell phone, CB radio, walkie-talkie)?
    • What are the operators’ cell phone numbers?
  3. Is there enough food and water for 48 hours beyond the duration of the trip?

  4. Is the recipient institution prepared to receive early or delayed shipments?

  5. What back-up transportation is available in the event of a traffic accident or mechanical failure?

  6. Where can the animals be housed in the event of a mechanical failure or stranding?

    • In the vehicle, an institution, animal shelter, or zoo?
    • Is there a minimum/maximum temperature required for the holding area?
  7. What measures will be implemented to ensure animals are checked, fed, and/or watered during the delay?

  8. What arrangements are there for sick or injured animals during transport?

  9. Is there a rescue network (transport and veterinary) available along the transport route?

  10. Is there a preparedness or response plan in the event there is an escape?

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Transportation Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Transportation of Laboratory Animals: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21734.
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The obligation to treat animals used in research ethically and humanely extends beyond their lives in the laboratory to include their transportation from place to place. Yet transporting animals is a highly regulated and complex process that raises many difficult issues.

To examine these issues, the Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use held a workshop on September 3-4, 2014, in Washington, DC. More than 200 people participated in the workshop in person and online, including representatives of academic research institutions, pharmaceutical and consumer product companies, government agencies, research advocacy groups, professional associations, and the public. The workshop was designed to draw attention to the essential thoughtful journey planning behind each transport of laboratory animals.

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