Exporting Rodents



 Please complete an export request form through RIO 





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 [email protected] or call 415-476-8564.