Department of Comparative Medicine

There are a number of prerequisites for ordering and receiving animals:

  1. Please review the Animal Purchasing Work Flow (below) so that you know where orders may encounter difficulties and may require action by the lab group.
  2. Order forms cannot be older than one year. If an old order form is submitted, the order will be rejected.
  3. All animal handlers and investigators must be on an Approved Protocol List. To be listed on the protocol each person must complete a training session offered through the University’s Office of Animal Welfare.
  4. No animals may be ordered without an Approved Project Review which describes the nature of the research and the procedures that will be followed. Any significant change in the research or personnel will also require approval from the Office of Animal Welfare.
  5. If investigators and animal handlers need access to a facility they must first meet all training prerequisites. To verify that you have met the training requirements please visit Animal Use Training.

Order Cancellation and Change Procedure & Policy:

  • Send notification of cancellations or changes by email prior to species-specific deadline (see below)
  • Animal Purchasing will respond to confirm the email was received.
  • Another email will be sent once the cancellation or change has been confirmed.
  • If you do not receive the 2nd “Cancellation or Change Confirmed” email within 24 hours, the cancellation or change has not been made.

Cancellations, suspensions, or changes to animal orders must be received by 

  • Small Animals (Mice, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Gerbils, Hamsters): one (1) business day prior to scheduled ship date (prefer 2-5 days to ensure cancellation can be communicated with the vendor).
  • Large Animals (Pigs, Dogs, Rabbits): five (5) business days prior to scheduled ship date (prefer 6-10 days to ensure cancellation can be communicated with the vendor).

JAX Repository-Live Strains

  • If you have special needs for a repository strain, please specify it in the special ordering instructions field.
  • Because of the limited availability, an age can only be requested, and not guaranteed.
    Repository Strains typically are delivered at 4 to 8 weeks of age and will not exceed 12 weeks of age on the day of shipping.

Commonly Used  Animal Ordering Forms

Approved Vendor Order Form

NIA Order Form

Animal Import Form

Non-Approved Vendor Order Form

Imaging Animals at UW Request Form

Frozen Mouse Embryo or In Vitro Fertilization Request

Aquatic Animal Program WFRC Protocol Transfer Request Form

Additional Forms

Animal purchasing work flow