Operation principles of the Animals’ Facilities in the Hebrew University
1. The animal facilities are managed as a unified all-university array providing services to all researchers, whilst observation of the research requirements, welfare of the animals and meeting the highest ethical and professional standards:
· Determining and maintaining a defined microbiological standard
· Aiming to maintain an SPF level in the rodent facilities.
· Dividing animals between rooms according to various use (pathogens), dividing animals between rooms according to regulatory factors’ requirements (no two species in one room).
· Aiming to include all animal facilities under the AAALAC accreditation
2. Animal facilities will be managed in the most effective manner, while ensuring the previous section and equality among all users of the system. The meaning is maximal centralization in constructing the animal facilities in the various campuses.Animal facilities will be managed in the most effective manner, while ensuring the previous section and equality among all users of the system. The meaning is maximal centralization in constructing the animal facilities in the various campuses:
· Usage of premises will be optimal regarding occupancy and use of the system’s resources. Each animal facility will serve researchers from various departments and not specifically from the building in which it is located.
· Determining the identity of the researchers who will use the animal facilities will be done by the Authority from of an all-university overview. The Authority will of course operate taking into consideration the researchers’ needs and their geographical location.
· The expected size of the research group will determine the necessity of a separate animal room or affiliation to an existing one.
· The operation of the animal facilities will be according to the principle of First Come - First Served. That is, equality in services to all consumers with no privileges.
· Manpower will not be specific to a certain animal facility, but will be channeled according to professional needs.
· Large animals - professional skills of the employees and operating expensiveness will be main considerations in centralization of the large animals units.
· Quarantine as an example for a central service in one
3. Any place in which animals will be kept for the purposes of research in the premises of the University will be defined/recognized as an animal facility of the “Biological and Pre Clinical Models Authority”. The entire management, maintenance and operation of that animal facility will be done by the Authority:
· There will be no “private” sections of certain researchers and there will be no “private” systems.
4. The establishment of a new animal facility will be done only after pre-coordination with the Authority:
· In any case of establishing a new animal facility, the need for the animal facility should be examined versus the use of the existing animal facilities while reviewing the budget aspect and additional costs that will be created.
5. The routine care of the animals will be performed by the Authority’s employees. The researcher is responsible for performing all research work and follow up on the animals during the study:
· We should aspire to prepare adequate spaces, train qualified personnel and purchase appropriate equipment in order to perform most of the researches within the premises of the animal facilities.
6. The scientific work with the animals will be performed, as much as possible, within the Animal facilities. Taking animals out (with the purpose of returning them) will be done only in cases where it is impossible to perform the study at the animal facility and only after the approval of the Authority:
· We should aspire that the scientific equipment to be purchased will be in a similar model to those of the inter-departmental equipment, to allow maximal utilization and use of expensive equipment by researchers who cannot purchase such equipment independently.
7. The scientific work with animals requires high professional level and significant resources. It should be strived that the scientific equipment will be used in the most efficient manner through centralization of resources:
· We should make sure that suitable personnel is trained within the Authority / University to be able to provide service (imaging, behavior).
8. Payment will be done by the consumers only for the actual use, in accordance with the Authority’s price list:
· Consumers will be charged only for the services they receive in the Authority.
· The Authority’s price list will be uniform regarding a specific service in all animal facilities.
· The Authority’s price list will be uniform regarding a specific service for any consumers group (for example, university’s researchers paying from university funds - authority of R&D, university researchers paying from implementation budgets, Hadassah researchers, external factors, etc.).
· The University's management, through the Authority, will need to take care both of setting up animal facilities, including their equipment, and for the maintenance of the animal facilities beyond the incomes from their use (should a deficit be created).