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 review the associated fees for unit inspection and repair.
Investigators are not required to utilize the ULAM service in order to comply with the IACUC policy. If desired, investigators can independently contract with an appropriate vendor to provide the service as outlined in the IACUC policy.
For more information, please review the 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.
Unless otherwise requested, ULAM will process all charges incurred by labs associated with the ULAM Anesthetic Machine Inspection Program. With the exception of Veterinary Technician Labor, our vendor (Vetamac) sets all rates for anesthetic machine servicing and inspection(s).
|Anesthetic delivery system and vaporizer with no sodasorb canister
or breathing head. This includes a traditional, single station rodent anesthesia unit
|Anesthetic delivery system and vaporizer with breathing circuit
and sodasorb canister
|Minor repairs performed at the time of inspection||Varies|
|Non-compact rodent machines such as surgivet (multiple stations)||$ 148.00|
|Loaner vaporizer while one is being repaired||$ 90.00|
|Vaporizer calibration and major repair (must be done offsite)||$ 273.00 - $ 365.00|
|Service charge for Vetamac to come to campus||$ 162.00 per day.
Charge is divided by number of labs requesting the service.
Usually ~ $15.00 - $ 25.00 per lab
|Veterinary Technician Labor Rate - Anesthesia Machine Certification & Servicing||Varies depending on time spent on service,
but usually ~ $30.00 per machine
|Veterinary Technician Labor Rate - Anesthesia Machine Overnight Rental||$ 17.40|
* Rates subject to change.