Animal Importation

For animal import, please download a Service Request Form from LAF website, fill electronically and send to apcf@ust.hk  for initiating the job request. We will contact you and guide you step by step through the processes below.

 

Step 1. Information collection and planning 

  • User will provide information on the source of animals, strains, gender and quantity of animals intended to relocate/procure
  • ​If required, seek LAF for advice on genetic factors, risk of infertility, loss of individuals etc
  • LAF will liaise with the exporting party and the user to make plan accordingly​
  • Responsible person: Dr. Siva Tsang (contact: tsangwh@ust.hk)
Step 2. Biosecurity check
  • User will obtain health reports from the exporting facility for LAF to evaluate biosecurity risk
  • LAF will directly contact the exporting facility for further information on the animal health, if required
  • If importation approved:
    • import directly to LAF without quarantine or further screening, or
    • import directly to LAF for quarantine​ and microorganism screening, or
    • rederive upon arrival
  • If importation not approved:
    • Infected animals are cleaned-up from the source at the facility after deemed fit by LAF before transportation
    • Responsible person (health check and quarantine): Dr. Dawn Ngai (contact: dawnngai@ust.hk)
Step 3. Transportation arrangement
  • Contact LAF on the transportation arrangements
  • If required, LAF can help to get one quotation from a courier
  • Follow importation compliances
  • LAF will liaise with ​the courier and users until the animals arrive LAF
  • Responsible person: Mr. William Chau (contact: bokwchau@ust.hk)
Step 4. Animal arrival health check and quarantine
  • The condition of the animals​ will be evaluated upon arrival
  • If quarantine not required, animals will be directly moved into the SPF animal holding barrier by a designated LAF staff
  • If quarantine required, the animals will be cared for and monitored by the LAF vet team. Microbiological screening ​will be carried out during quarantine to confirm the microbiological quality of the animals before relocating to the SPF animal holding barrier
  • If rederivation required, LAF will provide assistance for rederivation on animals.
  • Responsible person (health check and quarantine): Dr. Dawn Ngai (contact: dawnngai@ust.hk)
  • Responsible person (rederivation): Dr. Siva Tsang (contact: tsangwh@ust.hk)