Animal Health Database

Direct and frequent communication

The Office of the Campus Veterinarian (OCV) utilizes the Animal Health Database as a mechanism for efficient and timely reporting of the health status of research and teaching animals at all WSU campuses. Animal care staff, facility managers, investigators and research staff use the Animal Health Database to report:

  • New cases of abnormal animals
  • Resolution of active cases
  • “No changes today” – no case updates and there are no new cases to report

Reporting on the Animal Health Database should be done Monday through Friday. Updates from the weekend may be reported on Monday.

How to access the Animal Health Database

Personnel on an approved protocol who are responsible for daily animal health checks may request access to the Animal Health Database by contacting OCV. When requesting access, please provide the name of the Principal Investigator, the associated protocol number(s), and the animal housing location (building and room number). Please allow 1-2 business days for your request to be processed.

Once permission has been granted, an “OCV” tab will be visible when you log into MyResearch. Select the OCV tab to see the area(s) to which you have been given access for health reporting.

How to use the Animal Health Database

Download and view the Animal Health Database and Notifications training document (PDF) for detailed instructions. Helpful information is also available in the Animal Health User Manual, located under the OCV tab in MyResearch. If you have any questions after viewing the training materials, please contact OCV.

Please note: if animals are temporarily housed in your area, daily reporting is still required. Automatic e-mail notifications are sent to health reporters after 7 days of inactivity. Notify OCV when animals are first present or are no longer housed in the facility so that the automated reporting notifications can be turned on or off.

The following links provide additional information specific to common health conditions and standard treatments for small rodents:

Health Database Problem Abbreviations

WSU IACUC SOP #9: Common Minor Medical Conditions of Rodents and Treatments

WSU IACUC SOP #11: Management of Ulcerative Dermatitis in Mice

WSU IACUC SOP #12: Effects of Humidity and Treatment of Ringtail in Rodents

24-Hour Emergency