how do i initiate a weaning cage request?

There are two places where a user may initiate a new weaning cage request.

Within the weaning cage

STEP 1: Initiate request.

Navigate to the Animal Services tab. Choose Request Service within the Weaning Cage Request section. (Figure 1)

Figure 1: Initiate a weaning cage request

Note: Only PIs, PI Lab members or designated protocol Additional Members with an active protocol in iLab may initiate a weaning cage request. A core facility admin may also submit a request on behalf of a researcher with an active protocol.

A “wizard” will display and step the user through various sections of information they will need to fill out in order to successfully submit a request.

STEP 2: Enter user info. (This step is visible only for Core Admin.)

Select the researcher for whom this request should be placed. (Figure 2)

Figure 2: Select user for which you wish to create this request.

STEP 3: Select a protocol.

Select the protocol and appropriate species/stress category combination against which this order should be placed against.

NOTE: A protocol may have multiple species associated with it. The requester may only choose one protocol/one species/stress category per request. (Figure 3)

Figure 3: Select a protocol.

STEP 4: Enter cage information.

On the Cage Information step, the user will indicate the Housing Type of this cage, the location (building and room) where this weaning cage will be housed and contact information for a lab member the animal facility can contact in case of urgent matters. (Figure 4) 29

Once all fields have been filled out, click Continue.

STEP 5: Enter animal information.

Select an active Breeding cage and litter from which to wean pups. (Figure 4) 

  • Search for the breeding Cage Card number and appropriate litter you’d like to wean pups from and move into new cages

NOTE: Breeding cages available for selection are restricted to those that:

  • have a status of "Active" in the system
  • have at least one litter added to them

Figure 4: Enter animal information.

NOTE: Once a Cage Card number and appropriate litter is selected, the Species, Strain, Date of Birth and Date of Weaning fields will be autopopulated, based on the information previously added to that litter. (Figure 5)

Figure 5: Some fields are auto-populated .

STEP 6: To create a new weaning cage, click Add Cage.

Enter the number of Animals per Cage, their sex, and any comments about the set of animals being moved to the new cage. (Figure 6)

Figure 6: Enter number of animals, sex, and comments.

Add additional cages as needed. As you create new Weaning cages and add new animals to them, you will see the Available in litter #/ Number Weaned # counter being automatically updated. (Figure 7)

Figure 7: The Available in litter and Number weaned fields will automatically update.

When you are finished creating new weaning cages from this litter, click Continue.

STEP 7: Enter payment information.

Information and fields that display here will be dependent on core-level settings that govern how payment information is captured for a request. (Figure 7)

Figure 7: Enter payment information.

STEP 8: Finalize request.

Review a summary of all of the request details. You will also need to indicate the date they will need this weaning cage to be set up, using the calendar within the Date Needed section. (Figure 8)

Figure 8: Review and finalize request. Then enter delivery date.

From A Litter That Has Been Added To A Breeding Cage

STEP 1: Locate the appropriate breeding cage.

Navigate to the Cage Records page and locate the Breeding Cage from which you’d like to wean pups. Click on its hyperlink to open the Cage Record modal window. (Figure 9)

Figure 9: Locate the breeding cage.

STEP 2: Select the Litter tab. (Figure 10)

Figure 10: Select the wean button.

Then, click the Wean button to initiate a Weaning Cage request directly from that cage and litter. This will take you to the same Weaning Cage request workflow as detailed above in Option 1.

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