Animal Procurement and Maintenance
Laboratory animals are procured from pre-approved sources of specific pathogen-free animals. Other sources of animals can be used if required for a specific project. Trained and experienced animal care staff provide seven-day-a-week animal care and husbandry. Animals are maintained in accordance with animal welfare regulations and federal guidelines.
Animal Care and Health Surveillance
Licensed veterinary technicians and laboratory animal care technicians with training and experience in the husbandry and behavior of laboratory animal species provide at least daily animal care and health surveillance under the direction of a laboratory animal veterinarian.
Project Cost Analysis
Investigators should get cost estimates for their proposed laboratory animal research projects from Research Services before submitting grant proposals or contracts. Research Services can also provide information on specialized facilities and equipment available to support the project. Animal facility billing rates for Godley-Snell Research Facility are published at the beginning of each University fiscal year.
Project Development and Veterinary Consultation
Laboratory animal professionals and veterinarians with laboratory animal and food animal training and experience are available to provide consultation regarding research animal models, veterinary care, surgical procedures and other aspects of the animal research project. All research investigators are encouraged to consult with the university veterinarians and Research Services staff during the project’s initial planning stages.
Technical support services include blood collection, veterinary care, euthanasia and sample collection. Research Services staff will also provide training to research staff and students on species-specific handling and technical procedures.
Research Services maintains a fully equipped aseptic surgical facility and provides certified veterinary technicians trained in anesthesia, surgical assistance and postoperative care of laboratory animal species. Veterinary staff are available for consultation and provision of surgical services.
Service Request Procedures
Investigators should complete a Service Request Form for any of the above services. Service requests should be submitted at least 24 hours in advance to allow for scheduling technician time and facility use. Requests for surgical services and other services that require more than one hour of technician time may require more advance notice.