Animal Care Services
I utilize Memorial’s Animal Care Services facilities and laboratories for my research. How am I affected?
As of Feb. 14, 2021, access to Memorial’s campuses is restricted until further notice in response to the provincial public health declaration of a level 5 COVID alert level. Please see here for an update to the university community. The only people who are permitted on campus are essential workers and research team members with approved, current level 5 exemptions. Animal Care Services personnel will continue to provide care and feeding to animals.
Can I access Animal Care Services facilities?
Please refer to this statement from our vice-president (research) regarding Memorial's revised COVID-19 Research Working Group (CRWG) Framework and appropriate forms for the St. John's Campus. Researchers who obtained level 5 exemptions in March-April of 2020 have permission to access the facility housing research animals on their approved protocols. As alert levels lower, additional permissions will be re-instated. For all new protocols, procedures or personnel, exemptions must be requested.
What extra precautions are required for working in the animal facilities?
All researchers, staff and students are required to wear a mask while in the animal facilities. For entry into animal holding rooms, procedure rooms and surgeries, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements continue to be cap, gown, mask, gloves and booties. For any procedures where physical distancing cannot be maintained at two metres or more, face shields are required.
Can I order animals?
Animal Care Services has suspended animal ordering while the provincial public health declaration of a level 5 COVID alert level is in place.
What do I do if I notice an animal that is not well?
Please contact clinical veterinarian Dr. Kate Wilson at email@example.com. If the matter is urgent, please refer to the phone numbers listed inside the entrance to each facility.
Will there be training for animal handling and animal procedures?
Training has been suspended during the provincial public health declaration of a level 5 COVID alert level.
Will all of the Animal Care Services (ACS) staff be present during working hours?
Yes, ACS professional and technical staff are present. Management and professional staff will occasionally work from home but can be reached by email or phone. ACS administrative personnel will be working from home during the provincial public health declaration of a level 5 COVID alert level.
Will the Animal Care Committee (ACC) continue to function during the pandemic?
The committee operates virtually with its full membership. If you have any questions on protocol submissions, amendments and annual reports, please contact Anulika Mbakwe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that new protocol work cannot commence until an exemption for alert level 5 has been granted.
Can I submit a new protocol or an amendment to add a procedure, animals or personnel?
Researchers may submit new protocols or amendments through the Researcher Portal. However, no new protocol work cannot commence until an exemption for alert level 5 has been granted. New personnel who need training or facility orientation will only be considered if level 5 exemption has been granted. Please contact Animal Care Committee Co-ordinator Anulika Mbakwe via email at email@example.com with any questions about submitting new protocols or amendments.
Can we use the break room at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) facility or the Biotechnology building?
The HSC and Biotechnology break rooms are limited to use by one person at a time. All users must bring their own dishes and utensils and remove them from common areas after use.