Department of Comparative Medicine

Aquatic Animals

Purchasing Aquatic Animals

Aquatic Animals Not Ordered by Animal Purchasing: Submit the order request via the AOps system. In the section for “Special Ordering Instructions”; please type: Do Not Order Animals. Debit Animal Numbers on Protocol Only.

Ordering from Approved Vendors: Submit the request via the “Order Animals” command in AOps

Transferring Aquatic Animals

Transfer of Aquatic Animals from Western Fisheries to UW Protocol: Submit an approved vendor order via the AOps System. In the “Special ordering instructions” section please type: Do Not Order Animals. Debit Animal Numbers on Protocol Only.

Transfer of Aquatic Animals Between UW Protocols: Use the “Transfer/Export” command in AOps from the source protocol.

Importing Aquatic Animals to the University of Washington

  1. Complete the order submission via AOps.
  2. Please include the following “Supporting Documents” after pressing submit in AOps:
  • Indicate the common name plus genus and species of the fish embryos you are requesting so that we can assist you in determining if there are any federal or state importation regulations that will require you to obtain the necessary permits from various agencies.
  • If the facility is sending ONLY disinfected (bleached or iodophor treated) eggs:
    • we will need a written document from the originating facility/colony stating when the eggs were disinfected (date), with what disinfectant, at what concentration or percentage of disinfectant in solution, and the length of contact time of the eggs to the disinfectant.
  • If the facility is sending live post-hatched larval fish
    • We will need a document from the originating facility including the colony’s past history of disease diagnosis and any treatments performed, the colony’s importation quarantine procedures, the current health status of the colony, the animals spawned to produce the larvae, and the larvae.
    • This information should also be attached to the health certificate signed and dated by their veterinarian to accompany the shipment container.

Notes Regarding Specific Fish Species

  • Completed veterinary health certificates should always accompany fish shipped internationally. This is also recommended for the shipment of fish within the USA. As of 2019 there are no federal (USDA-APHIS or US Fish & Wildlife) importation requirements or restrictions for zebrafish (Danio rerio).
  • As of 2019 there are no importation requirements or restrictions for zebrafish (Danio rerio) from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife if the fish WILL ONLY be used for research endeavors.”

For questions regarding transferring or ordering aquatic animals please contact Dr. George Sanders 206-543-4652.