Biologics and other drugs must be stored so as to prevent contamination and deterioration according to the packaging and storage requirements of the United States Pharmacopeia & the National Formulary, 1990 edition, published by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc., Rockville, Maryland. That publication is incorporated by reference, subject to frequent change, and available for inspection and copying through the Minitex interlibrary loan system.
Separate compartments must be provided for each hospitalized animal, except that neonate and juvenile litter mates or animals from the same owner may be caged together when appropriate. Cages must be cleaned and sanitized before their use by newly arrived animals. Excreta, spilled feed, and water must be removed from cages as often as necessary to prevent contamination of the animals, to reduce hazards to the health of the animals, and to eliminate odors. Cage size must be sufficient to allow an animal to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around comfortably.
Animals affected with any clinical evidence of infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases must be separated from all other animals so as to minimize the spread of disease, and the animals must not be permitted to commingle with other animals on the premises.
Equipment must be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
Food and water for animals must be kept free from contamination, and all receptacles for food and water must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition. Animals must be provided with food of sufficient quantity and quality to allow normal growth or the maintenance of body weight. Clean, potable water sufficient to satisfy the animal's needs must be provided.
An effective program for the control of insects and other vermin on the premises must be established and maintained.
The premises must be kept clean and in good repair to facilitate acceptable sanitary practices and must be kept free of accumulations of refuse.
All supplies, including food and bedding, must be stored in facilities that adequately protect the supplies against infestation, contamination, or deterioration. Refrigeration must be provided for all supplies that are of a perishable nature, including foods, drugs, and biologics.
Covered, vermin-proof waste containers impermeable by water must be used for the removal and disposal of animal and food wastes, bedding, dead animals, debris, and other waste. Disposal facilities must be so operated to prevent a nuisance condition, to minimize insect and other vermin infestation, odor, and disease hazards.
Reliable electric power and potable water adequate for the practice of veterinary medicine must be made available at all times on the premises.
October 2, 2007
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