The University is committed to ensuring both the health and safety of our personnel, as well as all animals under our care. To that end, the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) requires that manual assessments of anesthetic machines and vaporizers be conducted at yearly intervals.
The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) is responsible for coordinating an anesthetic certification company’s visits to the University of Michigan to conduct inspections on a quarterly basis. Campus visits occur in March, June, September, and December of each year. As part of their visit, the certification company will verify machine calibration and provide servicing to anesthetic machines for laboratories.
How to Schedule Certification and Servicing
Emails announcing upcoming certification dates are sent out one month in advance to all investigators who have listed the use of inhalation anesthetics on their IACUC-approved protocol.
If you are interested in having ULAM coordinate the servicing of machine(s) on your behalf, please download and submit the Anesthetic Machine Service Authorization Form. Prior to completing the Authorization Form, please also review the handout on applicable services and fees.
For more information, please review the U-M Policy on Monitoring Anesthetic Machines and Vaporizers.
Gas Anesthesia Machine Rental
ULAM also maintains a pool of gas anesthetic machines that investigators may rent for use in their procedures. The machines are suitable for use with most species, including small rodents. Some units are equipped with multiple ports so that more than one animal can be anesthetized at one time.
Please note that only isoflurane vaporizers are used.