COMPASSION IN SCIENCE

STUDY ENDPOINT NOTIFICATIONS

GOLD HEART STICKERS

These gold heart euthanasia stickers are offered for use in consideration of helping our animal caretakers recognize when animals are scheduled to be used. Keeping up communication between researchers and animal caretakers can be difficult and we understand that everyone is busy with projects and experimental procedures. Additionally, some animal caretakers work in rooms consistently while others are shifted around from room to room or ​facility to facility.

Our hope is the researcher will place a simple sticker to the cage card days or weeks before animals reach study endpoint. These gold, heart shaped stickers allow space to write an expected “Euthanasia Date”. You can find these stickers at your Facility Husbandry Supervisor or Program Coordinator office. We strive to make this as easy as possible while helping to curb compassion fatigue among our staff.​​​​

CAGE TAGS

Similar to the Gold Heart Stickers, Cage Tags are intended to be used as a discreet notification system for the researcher to help the Animal Caretakers emotionally prepare for the research animal’s endpoint.

STUDY ENDPOINT NOTIFICATION EMAILS

An email template was created which incorporates an acknowledgement of the high levels of humane care the animal had received and the greater purpose the animal served for medical research. This email template is to be personalized and used to distribute among the care staff by the researcher prior to the animal’s endpoint.