Do we have to care for animals on school campuses?

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Yes, you must care for animals that are classroom pets.  The big problem here is not the day-to-day maintenance of the animal while school is in session, but those times when everyone is on break.  When that happens we tend to run into problems with the animal care:  feeding, warmth and our own difficulties driving to the campus to do these chores.  Therefore, we leave on the heat lamps, turn the water on a trickle/drip, or ask someone else to take over for us.  The next thing we know we have a structure fire and the animal is dead, because the heat lamp tipped over.

For emergency purposes (we’re talking disasters here – earthquakes and such), you must follow the CARES program.

Humane care for lab animals is covered in H&S Code Sections 1650, 1651, 1660, 1662.

1650.  The public health and welfare depend on the humane use of
animals for scientific advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of
human and animal diseases, for education, for research in the
advancement of veterinary, dental, medical and biologic sciences, for
research in animal and human nutrition, and improvement and
standardization of laboratory procedures of biologic products,
pharmaceuticals and drugs.

1651.  The State Department of Health Services shall administer the
provisions of this chapter.
   Every provision of this chapter shall be liberally construed to
protect the interests of all persons and animals affected.
   As used in this chapter, "person" includes: laboratory, firm,
association, corporation, copartnership, and educational institution.
   As used in this chapter, "board" or "department" means the State
Department of Health Services.
1660.  The department shall make and promulgate, and may thereafter
modify, amend or rescind, reasonable rules and regulations to carry
out the purposes of this chapter, including the control of the humane
use of animals for the diagnosis and treatment of human and animal
diseases, for research in the advancement of veterinary, dental,
medical and biologic sciences, for research in animal and human
nutrition, and for the testing and diagnosis, improvement and
standardization of laboratory specimens, biologic products,
pharmaceuticals and drugs. Such rules and regulations shall include
requirements for satisfactory shelter, food, sanitation, record
keeping, and for the humane treatment of animals by persons
authorized by the board to raise, keep or to use animals under the
provision of this chapter. The department shall not make or
promulgate any rule compelling the delivery of animals for the
purpose of research, demonstration, diagnosis, or experimentation.

1662.  The department is hereby authorized to inspect any premises
or property on or in which animals are kept for experimental or
diagnostic purposes, for the purpose of investigation of compliance
with the rules and regulations adopted hereunder. Such inspection or
other method of control shall be enforced only by employees of the
department and such power and authority may not be delegated to any
other persons or agency.

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