CM-LAF is accredited, licensed and able to receive Public Health Services funding.
CM-LAF has a veterinary specialist, board certified in laboratory animal medicine, along with clinical veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, and experienced animal caretakers and administrators.
There are modern and fully equipped animal facilities on all three campuses with the Laboratory Animal Facilities headquartered in the Biomedical Education Building on South Campus. The CM-LAF facilities include:
In addition, facilities for imaging animals are available at CTRC which include PET, CT and MRI.
A self-contained Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) unit is available in the Biomedical Education Building animal facilities on South Campus. It is:
There is an eight-suite, Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) unit available between the Biomedical Education and Biomedical Research buildings. Each suite contains an animal holding room and a separate procedure area. This enables you to keep the animals within their immediate environment when performing treatments and procedures.
We are strict in maintaining sterile conditions and all animals are housed in micro isolator cages and ventilated racks. There are HEPA filtered cabinets located in each suite to use for animal manipulations. The SPF facility is designed specifically to house rodents that are either transgenic or immunosuppressed. Positive airflow and HEPA filters ensure air passes from the inside of the facility out, to keep potential pathogens from entering the area.