Mice – transport

Information about the requirements for transporting mice from one location to another.

Mice must be transported using appropriate cages that allow them to lie down, stand up and change position during transport and should always be covered, keeping light to a minimum.

Mice may need to be transported in certain cases. These include taking a sick mouse to the vet, taking animals to a new home during school holidays, in the case of an emergency or re-homing a mouse. In any of these situations, appropriate methods must be used to transport mice to ensure safety and minimize stress.

To prevent escaping, mice should always be transported in solid, small animal transport crates that are extremely secure. Never transport mice in cardboard or cloth bags, as they will chew through these quite easily. Always line the cage with a thick layer of newspaper and add some straw or hay for comfort. For long distance trips provide the mouse with pellets and vegetables to keep them hydrated. Check the animals regularly and observe them for signs of stress. Always keep transport times to a minimum and never leave animals in a hot car unattended.

Unless being transported to the vet, sick or unhealthy animals should not be moved. If an animal is showing any signs of illness or disease, they must not be moved to where other animals may be at risk of contracting the illness or disease.

It is important to have good knowledge of the disease status of animals prior to bringing them to the school. New mice should be quarantined for four weeks and need to be closely monitored for any signs of illness or disease. It is common for mice to harbour diseases without showing any signs of illness.


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