Animals in Science

Animals in Science
Animals in Science

Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provide a detailed description of commonly used procedures. SOPs offer investigators an alternative to writing detailed procedures in their animal use protocol (AUP). Any deviation from the approved procedures must be clearly described and justified in the AUP. Approval of the AUP indicates approval of the deviation from the SOP for that AUP only.

These SOPs were created and/or revised by the SOP committee and approved by the University Animal Care Committee (UACC). There is no need to attach SOPs to your AUP in Topaz – you may simply refer to the appropriate SOP number and title in the relevant procedural description within the AUP.

Rat and Mouse SOPs are listed below. Please follow the link to the Queen's UACC approved SOPs for additional species. Access requires registration through the Training Coordinator.

SOP development and revision is an ongoing process. Please ensure that you read all SOPs thoroughly prior to referencing them in any of your protocols. If you have a need for a specific SOP that you do not see in the database, please contact the University Veterinarian.

Should you require technical assistance, please contact the Training Coordinator.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) – Mice
7.6 Anesthesia (Mice) (PDF, 90 KB)
7.14 Genotyping (Mice) (PDF, 109 KB)
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) – Rats
10.6 Anesthesia (Rats) (PDF, 110 KB)
10.14 Genotyping (Rats) (PDF, 115 KB)


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