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II.Animal Environment, Housing and Management

Note: Complete each section including where applicable, procedures performed in farm settings, field studies, aquatic environments, etc.

A.Animal Environment

1.Temperature and Humidity [ETS 123, Article 5 and Appendix A, p. 10; Guide, pp. 43-45]

a.Describe briefly the heating and air conditioning system performance.  Provide method and frequency for assessing, monitoring, and documenting animal room or housing area temperature and humidity that is appropriate for each species.  Note current (measured within the last 12 months), detailed (by room)

b.If temperature set points and/or environmental conditions are outside the thermoneutral zone for the species, describe the process for ensuring behavioural thermoregulation (e.g., nesting material, shelter, etc.) and/or IACUC/OB approved exception.  

2.Ventilation and Air Quality [ETS 123, Appendix A, pp. 9-10; Guide, pp. 45-47]

a.Briefly describe the performance aspects of the ventilation system. Provide method and frequency for assessing, monitoring, and documenting the animal room ventilation rates and pressure gradients (with adjacent areas).  Note: current (measured within the last 12 months) detailed (by room) information is to be provided as indicated on the enclosed Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Summary appendix.

b.Describe ventilation aspects of any special primary enclosures using forced ventilation.

c.If any supply air used in a room or primary enclosure is recycled, describe the percent and source of the air and how gaseous and particulate contaminants are removed.  

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