02 NCAC 52J .0803          ADDITIONAL CONTENTS

A certified facility's policy and procedure manual shall be kept consistent with the publications listed below and reflect the current information for each. The manual shall include:

(1)           A copy of the current North Carolina Animal Welfare Act and the rules in this Subchapter;

(2)           A copy of the most recent American Veterinary Medical Association ('AVMA') Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals and any future revisions, replacements, supplements or changes thereto issued by that organization;

(3)           A copy of the most recent Euthanasia Reference Manual of the Humane Society of the United States;

(4)           A copy of the facility's policies and/or procedures for euthanasia by injection;

(5)           A list of Certified Euthanasia Technicians and the date of certification;

(6)           The name, address and contact information for the veterinarian responsible for the written program of veterinary care as described in 02 NCAC 52J .0210(a);

(7)           The name, address and contact information for veterinarians responsible for the veterinary medical care of the animals. The contact information shall include telephone numbers for working hours, weekends, nights and holidays;

(8)           Euthanasia procedure to use in emergencies, after hours, holidays and weekends;

(9)           Procedures to follow if no Certified Euthanasia Technician is present and euthanasia of an animal is necessary;

(10)         Procedures to follow including the names(s) of shelter manager designee(s) when the shelter manager is not available to make the decisions necessary and complete the required paperwork when an animal is to be euthanized prior to the end of the 72-hour holding period;

(11)         Methods of verifying death of an animal after a euthanasia process is performed;

(12)         The name and contact information of the suppliers of:

(a)           Injectable euthanasia solution;

(b)           Tranquilizer, sedation, and anesthetic medications;

(13)         Original of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration certification permitting the use of controlled substances;

(14)         Original of the North Carolina Health and Human Services certificate permitting the storage and use of controlled substances;

(15)         Material safety data sheets for all chemical, anesthetic, tranquilizing, sedation and euthanasia medications used in that facility;

(16)         Information detailing the signs and symptoms associated with human exposure to the agents used for euthanasia at the facility;

(17)         Information detailing First Aid for people accidentally exposed to the agents used for euthanasia at the facility; and

(18)         Contact information of the physician or medical facility providing medical treatment to employees of the facility. The information shall include the name of the medical facility, the telephone number for both working and after-hours contact and directions to the medical facility from the certified facility including a map. If the medical facility does not provide service after-hours, on weekends or on holidays, there must be contact information as described in this item for the nearest medical facility, urgent care clinic or emergency room that does provide care during that time.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 19A-24;

Eff. March 23, 2009;

Readopted Eff. September 1, 2022.