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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provide a detailed description of commonly used procedures. SOPs offer investigators an alternative to writing detailed procedures in their protocol. Any deviation from the approved procedures must be clearly described and justified in the Animal Use Protocol application in Darwin. Approval of the protocol indicates approval of the deviation from the SOP for that project only.
The following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were created and/or revised by the Veterinary Committee and/or the Occupational Health and Safety Working Group, and approved by the Animal Policy and Welfare Oversight Committee (APWOC). They are reviewed every 3 years at most. The month and year appearing in the file name indicate when that SOP last underwent changes. Starting in 2020, the date of last review will now be specified inside the SOP even if no changes were made to it.
If you have questions or have a recommendation to make, please send an animalcare [at] mcgill.ca (email) or talk to the Veterinarian in your area.
DRAFT SOP FOR APWOC REVIEW UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2022:
Small edits, typo corrections, etc:
Note that the SOP #416 Social Defeat is currently undergoing revisions again. Once done, it will be re-posted for review.
APPROVED SOPS BELOW:
McGill EHS SOP 401- Controlled Substances - Aug 2021 <- Undergoing Revisions by EHS, includes template logs and record sheets at the end
This Monitoring Log is to be prepared by the Facility Animal Care Committee as per the approved Animal Use Protocol: Monitoring log TEMPLATE - Oct 2017
Metastatic Model Monitoring log <- is a log
Tumor Monitoring Log <- is a log
Removed: SOP 535 - Animal Facility Regulations
Of interest: Article Body Condition Score for Rats
Refer to the McGill Environmental Health and Safety Office's SOP on Cannabis and Controlled Substances #401 above.
Research Institutes of affiliated hospitals should contact their local Safety Office or Officer.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has implemented since December 2015, new regulations pertaining to the use of Human Pathogens and Toxins. Background information can be found on their website and details on the regulation here.
In order to work with Biohazardous Materials in a laboratory setting, researchers must complete an “Application to Use Biohazardous Materials”. These applications are reviewed and approved by McGill's Environmental Health and Safety Office (not the Animal Care Committee). Approval of the Application means that the researcher is compliant with the Biosafety Programwhich includes lab inspections and training.
Useful links (these two are also available as free Apps for a smart phone or tablet as well):
- Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), 2nd edition.
- Public Health Agency of Canada Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDS).
Small Animal Research Unit (SARU)
Large Animal Research Unit (LARU)
SOP LARU_08-Controlled drug was removed - EHS has created a new one, please see SOP #401 under 'Experimental Guidelines' above.
Macdonald Campus Farm Cattle Complex
Donald McQueen Shaver Poultry Complex
McGill University Animal Incident Report Form:
Template for a Crisis Management and Communication Plan SOP: