Non-approved Sources

This section is for individuals who plan to ship animals to another institution or obtain animals from any source other than a commercial animal vendor. The UAC Procurement Office must coordinate all imports/exports to ensure compliance with UAC health standards and governmental regulations.

* 2019 UAC Imports Exports Overview

Click here to view information on our Mouse Pathogen Surveillance Program or Rat Pathogen Surveillance Program.


Q:  Is there a fee for this service?

A:  Yes. UAC charges a service fee to cover our costs for all NAS animal orders. Please note that this charge is only for animals ordered from non-approved sources and do not apply to animals ordered through approved vendors.

The NAS Order fee does not include the cost of animals, shipping supplies, shipping fees, transportation to/from airports, and any diagnostic tests required before or after receipt of the animals, or at the end of quarantine. These costs will be recharged accordingly, in addition to the NAS Order fee.

For NAS and other rates associated with animal orders, visit our Animal Ordering rate page. Please note that all fees are subject to change. For more information, contact the UAC Business Services Office at (520) 626-6702 or email


Q:  Why is there a fee?

A:  Obtaining animals from a non-approved source (NAS) requires considerably more effort from our procurement staff and veterinarians than ordering animals from approved sources. Additional tasks include: contacting the non-approved source representative; requesting and reviewing health records for incoming NAS animals; arranging for shipping and coordinating packing and pick-up with the NAS and the shipping company; courier arrangements for international shipments; scheduling space to ensure availability of quarantine housing when the animals arrive; and ordering appropriate laboratory tests on incoming NAS animals.

UAC personnel also handle preparation of purchase orders for animals and/or shipping, investigator transfer agreement contracts, and technology transfer paperwork.


Q:  After my animals arrive, where will they be housed?

A: Incoming animals from NAS sources will be housed in quarantine at the Central Animal Facility located on main campus. The importation of NAS animals to the UA requires a quarantine period of 5-6 weeks. Exceptions to this may be made if receiving animals from the same NAS institution and the same barrier/room at that institution within the last calendar year. If there are any changes to the health status of the barrier/room within that year, the animals must go through quarantine again. All of the situations listed are subject to approval by a UAC veterinarian.


Q:  What will the per diem rate be while my animals are in quarantine?

A:  There are additional precautions taken while the animals are in quarantine to ensure that potential disease is contained. We follow many of the same procedures used for biohazard rooms, which result in higher costs for daily care. For this reason, daily care for NAS animals during the quarantine period will be billed at the biohazard per diem rate.


Q:  Can my animals breed while they are in quarantine?

A:  Yes, as long as certain parameters are met. Investigators importing animals that will be bred at the University must have an approved Protocol that allows breeding and Breeding Colony instruction form in place before the animals can be bred. Contact for assistance with this process.