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Lab Animal Anesthesia Machine Service

Meets IACUC and AALAS standards.

  • On-Site machine service for all types of machines.
  • Required documentation is provided.
  • All components of machine are tested and verified.
  • Vaporizer calibration is verified.
  • Machine and vaporizer are pressure tested.
  • Repair parts for many brands of machine.
  • Accessories and products for various lab set-ups.

Animal research institutions are required to provide regular maintenance of gas anesthesia equipment and verification of the output, to comply with NIOSH/OSHA standards for human health, and with regulatory agencies governing research animal health (USDA, NIH/OLAW, and AAALAC International).  All agencies encourage institutions to establish standard operating policies regarding anesthetic machine use and maintenance.  

Current standards in the industry vary from semi-annual to triennial requirements for vaporizer output testing, depending on use.  Such service may best be provided onsite, because the service may then include examination and monitoring of the entire anesthetic machine, to check for inappropriate connections and improperly functioning components, such as flutter valves, gaskets, tubing, hoses, connecting devices and scavenging equipment.  Companies that sell vaporizers and recommend only triennial “depot” service (sending the vaporizer in to their shop) are not advising the best service for research organizations.  According to the AAALAC International FAQs:  “Note that NIOSH (Health Care Workers Guidelines/Chap5) states that all anesthetic equipment must be regularly monitored for leakage, improper design, or defects. …The manufacturer of your vaporizer should have recommended intervals for both on-site calibration and for maintenance that requires sending the vaporizer in to them, as well as recommended maintenance intervals for the rest of the anesthetic machine.”  (https://www.aaalac.org/accreditation/faq_landing.cfm#D1, question E1, Calibrating anesthetic equipment).   

Very few companies provide onsite service to cover all of the previously mentioned components, and also provide depot services when required – and all at a reasonable price.  Companies that service human hospitals have been used by many animal research institutions, especially ones affiliated with human hospitals – however, these companies often are quite expensive, and have no familiarity with the varied design of research animal anesthesia equipment setup.  VETAMAC, Inc. has many years of experience providing such services to animal research institutions, and has well-qualified technicians providing services in parts or all of 18 states, including SD, NE, KS, IA, MO, WI, IL, IN, MI, KY, OH, PA, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, and FL.  Please call 800-334-1583 for further information.

 

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A few of the research faciliites we currently service:

University of Chicago
Northwestern University, Chicago
Eli Lilly & Company
Purdue University
University of Florida
Charles River Laboratories
Iowa State University
University of Michigan