COVID-related FAQs

Animal Care Services personnel continue to provide care and feeding to animals housed in Memorial’s animal facilities on a daily basis throughout all COVID alert levels.

My research involves access to Memorial’s Animal Care Services facilities. What are the COVID-19 protocols for access and use?

Access to Memorial’s St. John’s campus animal facilities is restricted to those who have permission from their dean to work during the university’s corresponding COVID alert level. Please refer to Memorial’s COVID-19 Information Hub for updates. For all new protocols, procedures or personnel, exemptions are required.

Are extra precautions 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 suspends animal ordering if a Level 5 COVID alert level is in place. For all other alert levels, an exemption must be in place for the corresponding level.

Are there any changes to the process for registering for or participating in animal handling and procedure training?

Training will proceed for animal handling and procedures during all alert levels with the exception of Level 5 COVID. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation noting the time, date and location, and any relevant COVID information. In order for lab members to access training, they must be listed on a protocol and be included in the COVID exemption that is in place at the time of training.

Will the Animal Care Committee (ACC) continue to function during the pandemic?

The committee is operating virtually with its full membership. Researchers may submit new protocols or amendments through the Researcher Portal.



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