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.