Tissue Manual | Using the Tissue Collection

Using the Tissue Collection

All uses of frozen, ethanol, or other preserved tissues are tracked as transactions in Arctos.

Use by non-MVZ researchers must follow procedures outlined in the Tissue Loans page, and samples will be taken by a curatorial assistant under direct supervision of an MVZ Staff Curator.

Use by MVZ researchers must be approved in advance by an MVZ Curator responsible for that collection. This applies both to cataloged tissues and to tissues waiting to be cataloged. MVZ researchers must obtain a Curator’s signature and complete the MVZ In-House Tissue Use Form (.docx) prior to subsampling from the collection. Samples should be removed from the storage unit only temporarily for subsampling, and must be returned immediately after subsampling to the spot where they were found.

MVZ researchers and curatorial assistants should notify a Staff Curator if a sample is found to be depleted, missing, or misplaced, or has only a small amount of tissue remaining. Subsamples from vials with small amounts of tissue should not be taken without prior approval from a Curator.

After sampling, give the completed MVZ In-House Tissue Use Form to the appropriate Staff Curator.

Disposal of Tissue Waste

All uses of frozen, ethanol, or other preserved tissues are tracked as transactions in Arctos.

Use by non-MVZ researchers must follow procedures outlined in the Tissue Loans page, and samples will be taken by a curatorial assistant under direct supervision of an MVZ Staff Curator.

Use by MVZ researchers must be approved in advance by an MVZ Curator responsible for that collection. This applies both to cataloged tissues and to tissues waiting to be cataloged. MVZ researchers must obtain a Curator’s signature and complete the MVZ In-House Tissue Use Form (.docx) prior to subsampling from the collection. Samples should be removed from the storage unit only temporarily for subsampling, and must be returned immediately after subsampling to the spot where they were found.

MVZ researchers and curatorial assistants should notify a Staff Curator if a sample is found to be depleted, missing, or misplaced, or has only a small amount of tissue remaining. Subsamples from vials with small amounts of tissue should not be taken without prior approval from a Curator.

After sampling, give the completed MVZ In-House Tissue Use Form to the appropriate Staff Curator.