The Network of Laboratory Animal Coordinators’ (NLAC) goal is to enhance communication between animal research laboratory personnel, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM). NLAC activities will support the University’s mission to expand the body of knowledge and teach individuals involved in all levels of animal research by providing a forum for the open exchange of ideas and an information network for policies, procedures, and regulations.


The NLAC will hold quarterly forums promoting open communication and discussion among laboratory animal coordinators, researchers, Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU), and Division of Comparative Medicine.

Next Meeting(s)


Past Meetings

May 17, 2017 & May 25, 2017 – Upcoming AAALAC Visit

July 26, 2016 – GreenLabs, and EHS, IACUC, & DLAM Information

June 23, 2016 – Jax Seminar

  • CRISPR/Cas9
  • Cryopreservation
  • NSG Mice & More

May 26, 2016 – AALAS Webinar: Mouse Colony Management Fundamentals

February 26, 2016 – NCABR Webinar

June 9, 2015 – IACUC, EHS, & DLAM Updates

June 12, 2014 – Summer Seminar

October 14, 2013 – IACUC, EHS, & DLAM Updates and Upcoming AAALAC Visit

March 14, 2013 – Jax Seminar

February 25, 2013 – DLAM and OACU Updates

June 21, 2012 – Jax Seminar

2005-2011 Meetings

Steering Committee | Contact the Steering Committee

Useful Information

Informational Memo June 2013 – New ACAP Changes

Identification of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals

Adding a rotating / time limited student

IACUC approved Policies and Procedures

Personalized Training Sessions (one-on-one)

Application for a State DEA license (DHHS 225)

Disposal of Pharmaceutical Compounds
Contact EHS to dispose of expired or unused pharmaceutical containers.

Reporting Animal Mistreatment or Noncompliance

Principal Investigator Responsibilities

OLAW – Animals in Research

Amendment to an approved protocol: Submission Guidelines

New Lab Personnel:Getting Started – Registration Link

DCM Related Issues

Procedure to Gain DCM Access for New Lab Members (Info also available in ACAP)

DCM Access Request Form

How do I proceed with an animal INTERNAL TRANSFER?

Copy: Internal Transfer Form

DCM: Animal Transfer, Weaning and Cage Cards

How to proceed if DLAM Cage Cards are unavailable

Chemical Hazards: Cage Side Identification

Posting an approved EXCEPTION in DLAM housing facilities

Request for Isoflurane Vaporizer Training – Contact 3-3407 and complete this form

Laboratory Compliance Related Issues

How To Become A Laboratory Animal Coordinator 

Instructions for LAC: How To Certify Laboratory Personnel

Laboratory Animal Coordinator Lecture

Training and Compliance at UNC-Chapel Hill

Drug Log: Controlled and Non-controlled Substances

Example of completed log

Alcohol as a Disinfectant

Isoflurane: Chemical Hazard?

Isoflurane Monitoring Log

Pharmaceutical Grade Powdered Pentobarbital

Research Supplies and Equipment Information

Transporting Mice from the Housing Facility to the Laboratory

Mouse Related Topics

Mose Restraint -ventral view edited

IACUC Hands-On-Training – Mouse Techniques

Pre-requisite: Review of the Animal Handler Form

Wet Lab Survey

Mouse Breeding Cage Density

Coding of facial expressions of pain in the laboratory mouse Langford,D.J, Bailey, A.L, Mogil,J.S et al.

Identifying Gender in Neonates Amanda Ogden, RVT, RLATG, Rodent Breeding Colony Manager, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, UCLA

Gender Spotting and Chimeric Mice

UNC Mouse Breeding Policy Lecture

UNC Mouse Colony Management

To sign up for the next lecture, please utilize the UNC Event Registration System (look under Office of Animal Care and Use).

Rodent Administration Routes

Rodent Blood Withdrawal Routes

Footpad Injection Guidelines in Mice & Rats

Effect of Blood Collection Technique in Mice on Clinical Pathology Parameters

UNC Euthanasia Policy

DCM Analgesic Guide

DCM Anesthetic Guide

Age Determination of Mice

Rat Related Topics

Rat restraint edited

IACUC Hands-On-Training – Rat Techniques

Pre-requisite: Review of the Animal Handler Form

Wet Lab Survey

Rat Breeding Cage Density

Rat Anatomy and Physiology

Rodent Administration Routes

Rodent Blood Withdrawal Routes

Footpad Injection Guidelines in Mice & Rats

UNC Euthanasia Policy

DCM Analgesic Guide

DCM Anesthetic Guide

Aseptic Surgery Related Topics

NIH Aseptic Technique Training Course

Please contact the Office of Animal Care and Use for a copy of the most current Institutional training video as dictated by the NIH

IACUC Hands-On-Training – Aseptic Techniques

Pre-requisite: Review of the Animal Handler Form

IACUC Guidelines – Survival Rodent Surgeries

IACUC Guidelines – Anesthesia Post-Operative Care Guidelines

Archived Information

Informational Memos:

2nd Informational Memo: August 2011

1st Informational Memo: August 2011

Informational Memo: June 2011

Informational Memo: April 2011

Informational Memo June 2010

IACUC Informational: February 2010

IACUC Informational Memo: November 2009

Ketamine Recall