This has been a challenge during the Covid-10 pandemic, when staff shortages occur. Many institutions have written guidelines for this situation.
Many scientists are unaware of the complexity of an animal facility, the procedures needed to maintain its function, and the effects of environmental factors on animal studies. When animal research is to take place within a facility, scientists should conduct an inspection, together with the staff who know most about its functions, to assess the suitability for their studies.
Recruitment of new scientists should be performed in collaboration with the institution’s animal services director to ensure that their needs are met. Facility evaluation can be a useful part of that process.