Record-Keeping Requirements for Animal Surgery

Intra-Operative Records (i.e., records kept during the surgery) must include the following information: 

  • Animal identification – species and animal identification.
  • Body weight at the start of the procedure (if using inhalant anesthetics alone, this can be an estimate for mice and rats, e.g., 25 or 30 gm).  This may be required for precise calculation of drug dosages (anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, etc.)
  • Name of the surgeon.
  • Date and description of surgical procedure.
  • Details of all medications given to the animal, including dosage (mg or mg/kg), route, and time of administration.
  • Notes concerning any complications encountered.
  • Euthanasia method (terminal surgeries only)
  • Researchers are encouraged to use or customize one of the following templates:

Post-Operative Monitoring Records must include the following: 

  • Details of all care and monitoring provided to the animal such as wound cleaning, bandage changes, flushing of indwelling catheters, body temperature, heart rate, etc., as described in the approved IACUC protocol.
  • Any complications encountered-- e.g., delayed recovery from anesthesia, bleeding from incision site, excessive inflammation, lameness or head tilt, any indication of pain, etc.
  • Dose, route, and time of all medications or compounds administered to the animal, especially post-operative analgesia.
  • If postoperative records are maintained in the vivarium, contact information for all research staff responsible for daily assessment and care must be provided on the record.
  • All postoperative record entries must include time, date, and initials of personnel performing the procedure.
  • Researchers are encouraged to use or modify one of the templates listed below:

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