Vivarium Standard Operating Procedures

Accrediting and funding agencies require EHS to review all agents used in animal experiments to identify potential occupational hazards, and prescribe appropriate waste disposa​l methods. Based on the review, EHS makes recommendations to IACUC, which has the final authority on SOP approval. 

The form developed by EHS for this review includes a means to determine whether a particular agent requires an SOP, based on its category (listed below), and method of administration.

See the Chemical Database for Vivarium SOPs​ to determine category of agent being used, from among these possibilities. 

  • Hazardous
  • Environmental (ecological) hazard
  • Pharmaceutical with acute toxicity
  • Pharmaceutical without acute toxicity
  • Non-hazardous (includes antibodies)

NOTE: Follow these steps to successfully download an SOP.

  1. ​Right click on the desired SOP link (under FORMS, below).
  • If using Microsoft Edge, choose "Save target as" ​​
  • If using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, choose "Save link as..."

how to download a file in various browsers

2. Open the saved file to complete the SOP.



  • Anesthetics
  • Therepeutic analgesics
  • Antibodies
  • Buffers
  • Peptides
  • Non-hazardous (see EHS database and substance SDS)
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • Ecological hazard in chow or water
  • Hazardous pharmaceutical in chow or water
  • Hazardous administered by any means