Appendix 6: Example monitoring sheet for animals after surgery or invasive procedures
This is Appendix 6 of the Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Laboratory Mice, Rats, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits.
This is a general assessment for all animals, which may be altered for each individual animal or research project.
AEC Project number:
Investigator name and contact:
Animal — number:
Start date and surgery/procedure date:
OBSERVATIONS (Day in relation to surgery)
DAY / DATE / TIME
Discharge from the surgical site
These daily observations should start 3 days before surgery.
On the day of surgery/procedure and for 2 days after surgery/procedure, observations should be made each morning and afternoon.
From day 2 post-surgery/procedure observations should then revert to a daily basis.
- Analgesia should be administered for the first 12 and/or 24 hours and thereafter as determined by daily observation, any evidence of pain and speed of return to normal behaviour.
- If any abnormal behaviour is observed or if there is discharge from the wound, please contact your Animal Welfare Officer or your Animal House Manager.