Exporting Rodents

EXPORTING RODENTS:

 

 Please complete an export request form through RIO 

 

EXPORTING RODENTS FROM UCSF TO DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

RODENT MUST NEVER BE EXPORTED FROM UCSF WITHOUT WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION FROM THE RECEIVING INSTITUTION.

 

Summary of Export Procedure:

- Complete an Export Request through RIO

  •       Make sure the form is filled out completely to avoid processing delay.
  •       The receiving institution should provide you with their contact information to complete the request form.

 After receipt of a properly completed request, the LARC shipping coordinator will contact the receiving institution to inform them of the proposed export from UCSF.

  •       The LARC shipping coordinator will provide the receiving institution with a description of the UCSF colony and twelve months of health reports from the UCSF facility from which the mice are to be shipped. 

Some receiving institutions will request additional information:

  •    The rodent shipment team will provide this information if available.
  •    If additional testing is requested, the UCSF lab exporting the mice must approve the tests and will be recharged for the testing fees, technician time, and sample shipping costs.
  •    The rodent shipment team will coordinate these tests. 

All requests are handled in the order in which they are received.

Processing of an uncomplicated request may take up to 7 to 10 working days.

  •    International exports usually require paperwork and authorizations from outside UCSF (i.e., authorization from a State or Federal-USDA official). This will involve additional time.
  •    Please plan your exports accordingly.

 

Procedure for Exporting Rodents From UCSF:

 Complete Export Request via RIO.

When approval from the receiving institution has been receive, the LARC shipping coordinator will notify the UCSF lab.

  •    The UCSF lab will need to tag the cages with RIO-generated export number.
  •    The LARC shipping coordinator  will order shipping boxes. The cost of the containers will be recharged to the shipping lab.
  •    The LARC shipping coordinator will coordinate a ship date with the courier and notify the shipping lab of the details via email. 
  •    The UCSF lab is responsible for the actual packing of the mice and bringing the animals to the LARC receiving/shipping area (campus specific) between 7:30am and 9:30am on the morning of shipment. 
  •    The following couriers are used by UCSF: Validated Delivery Solutions, World Courier, Midnite Express (MNX), Marken or TransporTech. The receiving Institution may indicate a preference for a courier.
  •    The cost of shipping will be recharged to the shipping lab, unless the receiving institution has provided you with a courier account in advance. 

 

Special Notes Regarding International Exports

  •     You may provide any additional forms that are produced and required by foreign countries.
  •     Some countries require direct inspection of the animals by a veterinarian. Rodent Shipment will coordinate this exam, but scheduling may affect the timing of your shipment. Please plan accordingly.
  •     International exports usually require paperwork and authorizations from outside UCSF (i.e. authorization from a State or Federal-USDA official).This will require additional time.
  •     Paperwork and documents for international shipments will be handed to the courier by LARC staff upon pick up. 

 

Summary of Lab Responsibilities for Animal Export:

  • Completing RIO export/transport application form at least 48 hours before export/transport is needed (larger transports may take more time).
  • Tagging the cages for export.
  • Once screening process has been completed, and export approved, lab members need to pack the animals and bring to LARC shipping/receiving area (campus specific) between 7:30am and 9:30am on the scheduled ship date. 

*Reminder: Researchers can check the UCSF Mouse Inventory Database for needed strains before ordering else where.

For any questions or concerns please email RodentShipment@ucsf.edu or call 415-476-8564.