TABLE 4-3Characteristics of a Good Shippera

A good shipper of research animals:
  • finalizes the method of shipment, route, and special care required for a shipment before accepting it;
  • obtains all required federal, state, and regulatory-agency permits and documents;
  • ensures that the carrier is US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified for live-animal shipments or meets International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations for dangerous goods;
  • provides the carrier with information about the shipment, including type of animal (scientific and common name), sex, physical conditions, number of animals per container, medication given, and whether the shipment is a dangerous good;
  • provides containers that adhere to current IATA regulations for live animals or dangerous goods;
  • provides suitable bedding and food for the animals;
  • obtains all documentation and correct information required by IATA, by national and carrier regulations, and for the shipper’s certification;
  • provides special feeding and watering instructions on the outside of each container and provides the carrier with a respective copy;
  • develops an emergency plan and a 24-hr contact number for a responsible official to coordinate responses; and
  • maintains records for each shipment—including such information as the species and number of animals, dates of shipment and receipt, carrier, and name and address of consignee—for at least 3 years.

Adapted from Section 1.2 of the Live Animals Regulations (IATA, 2005).

Adapted from Section 1.2 of the Live Animals Regulations (IATA, 2005).

From: 4, Biosecurity

Cover of Guidelines for the Humane Transportation of Research Animals
Guidelines for the Humane Transportation of Research Animals.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Guidelines for the Humane Transportation of Laboratory Animals.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2006.
Copyright © 2006, National Academy of Sciences.

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