NATIONAL CENTRE FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCES (NCLAS)
SOME OF THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS
I. Environmental Conditions
Temperature : 25?C
± 2?C throughout the year.
Relative humidity : 45-55%
throughout the year.
Ventilation(number of air changes) : 16-20 fresh air changes/hour (Recirculation
of air from animal rooms is not recommended).
: 12 hours light and 12 hours dark or 14 hours light and 10 hours dark.
Light intensity : 350-400
lux one metre above the floor level.
Light source : Fluorescent
tube lights fixed in such a way to facilitate uniform distribution of light.
Noise level : Should
be less than 65 decibels (should avoid all high frequency sound).
II. Hygiene and Care
A high degree of hygienic conditions should be maintained. Periodical cleaning and
sterilisation of cages, diet and water containers and cleaning and disinfection
of rooms should be ensured. Animal rooms should be rodent and other vector proof
Pest control measures should be undertaken periodically. Use of any pesticide that
may have deleterious effect on animals should be avoided. "Pyrethrum", a plant extract
can be safely used as a pesticide in animal rooms. Trained personnel should undertake
the day-to-day care of the animals.
III. Nutritional Requirements
The animal should be provided with clean feed and water free of pathogenic organisms.
The feed should meet the nutritional requirements of the animals. Water should be
free of all pathogenic organisms. Boiled, cooled water can be used. Acidification
of water with conc. HCL to adjust the pH to 2.8 to 3.2 is good (Add about 3 ml of
HCL to 1 litre and boiled cooled water).
IV. Ethical Considerations and Experimental Protocols
Absolute care should be taken to avoid inflicting unnecessary and avoidable pain
to the animals. Experimental procedures on the animals should be carried out only
under the supervision/guidance of appropriately qualified persons. An Ethical Committee
consisting of experts should approve experiments involving live animals. While planning
any experiment it is recommended that you may consult a statistician for determining
the minimum sample size. The pricing of the animals is done on the basis of various
inputs. It will work out cheaper (and quality assured) to buy animals from our facility
rather than attempting to breed the animals in the user's premises. The facility
has the capacity and potential to breed and supply large number of different species
and strains of laboratory animals as per customer's requirement. Details of the
species and strains of animals available for supply and present price and terms
and conditions of supply, and ordering procedures are furnished for the convenience
of prospective buyers.
HOW TO ORDER THE ANIMALS
1. While ordering please specify the following:
(a) Your CPCSEA registration Number
(b) Your Institutional Animal Ethics Committee's approval for the animals required
(e) Age and /or weight range
(f) No. of animals required
(g) Sex (orders for both male and females will be given preference)
(h) Date on which the animals are required
(i) Nearest airport
(j) Distance from the airport to the Institute
(k) Telegraphic code, Fax number and Telephone numbers
(l) Residence Telephone number of the officer ordering for the animals.
(this will facilitate communicating despatch details)
Although orders can be executed at short notice for small
numbers of animals, it is desirable to give advance notice of 30-40 days regarding
requirement for animals. This will ensure better planning of the breeding programme
and supply of animals according to the specifications and on the date required.
2. Animals are generally supplied against advance payment either in cash or by demand
draft payable to the Director NCLAS at the branches of the Nationalised Banks
in Secunderabad. Outstation cheques will not be accepted.
3. Animals can be either collected from our Animal Facility or air freighted to
the nearest airport. In case of air-freighting, packing, forwarding and handling
charges will be extra. Animals will not be sent unaccompanied by rail.
4. Appropriate kind of transport boxes for air freighting animals are available
from the facility. Those who come to collect animals from our facility, please ensure
to bring appropriate size and adequate number of cages.
5. Prompt acknowledgement of receipts of animals by air is requested
6. As soon as the animals are received please transfer them
to clean cages and feed
Transportation is a stress on animals. Therefore
it is advisable to use the animals for experimentation or breeding only after an
acclimatization period of 7 to 15 days in the new environment.
7. We will not be responsible for any death, injury or escape of animals after they
leave our premises.
Requests for free replacement of animals or refund of cost
will not be entertained.
8. Feed-back on the quality of animals supplied by us in terms of experimental results
will be appreciated. It will enable us to monitor the quality of animals.
9. Indents for animals may please be sent to:
National Centre for Laboratory Animal Sciences
National Institute of Nutrition
Hyderabad - 500 007.
Telegram : NUTRITION
Fax : 040-27003317 / 27019074
Monday to Friday between 9.00 am. & 5.30 pm 27197201/202/205/207
After office hours and on holidays : 27197200
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCES
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NUTRITION
(W.E.F 1st APRIL2014)
PRICE LIST OF ANIMALS, FEEDS, BLOOD AND BLOOD PRODUCTS