Laboratory Animal Facilities

Laboratory Animal Facilities


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  • Animal Housing Room Appearance

    The Animal Welfare Act and the Guide highlight the importance of maintaining animal rooms in an organized, clean manner. Animal housing areas that double as procedural space must be regarded primarily as a housing room. These areas must receive the same sanitation measures afforded to conventional rooms (daily room care procedures, sanitation, and documentation of these activities).
    Storage of supplies and equipment in animal rooms is not allowed and must be limited to those items necessary for the animal's primary care. Consult the LAF and the IACUC to verify the maintenance of these materials in animal rooms. Cage racks, equipment carts, etc. should be on casters to allow easy movement and sanitation procedures to proceed unobstructed.

    The LAF operates and maintains 44,000 ft2 of animal housing and support space. Primary facilities are located on the basement level of the Arthur C. Guyton Laboratory Research Complex and the 8th floor of the David S. Pankratz Building. Included in these environments are animal housing areas, animal husbandry support spaces and veterinary medical support facilities. Other specialized environments are the transgenic mouse facility in the James D. Hardy Clinical Sciences Building and the Aquatic Animal Quarters that houses channel catfish.