How to Order Animals through NCLAS
Some of the Basic Requirements:
I. Environmental Conditions
|Temperature||: 22o ± 2o C throughout the year.|
|Relative humidity||: 45-55% throughout the year.|
(number of air changes)
|: 16-20 fresh air changes/hour
(Recirculation of air from animal rooms is not recommended).
|Light-dark cycle||: 12 hours light and 12 hours dark or 14 hours light and 10 hours dark.|
|Light intensity||: 350-400 lux one metre above the floor level.|
|Light source||: Fluorescent tube lights fixed in such a way to facilitate uniform distribution of light.|
|: Should be less than 65 decibels (should avoid all high frequency sound)|
II. Hygiene and Care
A high degree of hygienic conditions should be maintained. Periodical cleaning and sterilization of cages, feral diet and water containers and cleaning and disinfection of rooms should be ensured. Animal rooms should be feral rodent and other vector proof. Pest control measures should be undertaken periodically. Use of any pesticide that may have deleterious effect on animals should be avoided. "Pyrethrum", a plant extract can be safely used as a pesticide in animal rooms and surrounding areas. Trained personnel should undertake the day-to-day care of the animals on all days.
III. Nutritional Requirements
The animal should be provided with clean feed and water free of pathogenic organisms. The feed should meet the nutritional requirements of the animals. Water should be free of all pathogenic organisms. Boiled, cooled water can be used. Acidification of water with conc. HCL to adjust the pH to 2.8 to 3.2 is good (Add about 3 ml of HCL to 1 litre and boiled cooled water).
IV. Ethical Considerations and Experimental Protocols
Absolute care should be taken to avoid inflicting unnecessary pain to the animals. Experimental procedures on the animals should be carried out only under the supervision/guidance of appropriately qualified persons. An Ethical Committee consisting of experts should approve experiments involving live animals. While planning any experiment it is recommended to consult a statistician for determining the minimum sample size.
The pricing of the animals is done on the basis of various inputs. It will be economical to buy quality assured animals from our facility rather than attempting to breed the animals in the user's premises. The facility has the capacity and potential to breed and supply large number of different species and strains of laboratory animals as per customer's requirement. Details of the species and strains of animals available for supply and present price and terms and conditions of supply, and ordering procedures are furnished for the convenience of prospective buyers.
V. While ordering please specify the following details in your email and send it to
(a) Your CPCSEA registration Number
(b) Your Institutional Animal Ethics Committee's approval for the animals required
(e) Age and /or weight range
(f) No. of animals required
(g) Sex (orders for both male and females will be given preference)
(h) Date on which the animals are required
(i) Nearest airport
(j) Distance from the airport to the Institute
(k) Telegraphic code, Fax number and Telephone numbers
(l) Residence Telephone number of the officer ordering for the animals.
(this will facilitate communicating dispatch details)
1. Although orders can be executed at short notice for small numbers of animals, it is desirable to give advance notice of 30-40 days regarding requirement for animals. This will ensure better planning of the breeding programme and supply of animals according to the specifications and on the date required.
2. Animals or feed are generally supplied against advance payment either in cash or by demand draft in favour of "Director NIN, NCLAS account" at the branches of the Nationalised Banks in Secunderabad. Outstation cheques will not be accepted.
3. Animals can either be arranged from our Animal Facility or air freighted to the nearest airport. In case of air transportation packing, forwarding and handling charges will be extra. Animals will not be sent unaccompanied by rail.
4. Appropriate size transport boxes for air freighting animals are available from the facility. Those who come to collect animals from our facility, please ensure to bring appropriate size and adequate number of cages.
5. Prompt acknowledgement of receipts of animals by air is requested
6. As soon as the animals are received please transfer them to clean cages and provide feed clean water. Transportation is a stress to animals. Therefore, it is advisable to use the animals for experimentation or breeding only after an acclimatization period of 7 to 15 days in the new environment.
7. We will not be responsible for any death, injury or escape of animals after they leave our premises. Requests for free replacement of animals or refund of cost will not be entertained.
8. Feed-back on the quality of animals supplied by us in terms of experimental results will be appreciated. It will enable us to monitor the quality of animals.
9. Indents for animals may please be sent to:
ICMR-National Animal Resource Facility for Biomedical Research, and Head
National Centre for Laboratory Animal Sciences,
NIN Campus, Jamai Osmania P.O.
Telephone: 040-27197201/205 (Monday to Friday between 9.00 am. & 5.30 pm)
Fax : 040-27003317 / 27019074