Animal Care in Research (CM-LAF)

UB's Division of Comparative Medicine and Laboratory Animal Facilities (CM-LAF) is a centralized service organization, which supports animal care, research and education across campus and at the university's affiliated institutions.

In preparation for re-opening the LAF, we have made changes that will ensure the safety of our staff and researchers in preventing the spread of COVID19.  Signage will be placed throughout the facilities to aid in reminding people and directing people on the guidance outlined below.

  1. All persons entering LAF should take their temperature twice daily (before arrival and after work) to monitor their baseline temperature for changes.  If suspicious of being sick, stay home.
  2. Any individual who is able to tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering when entering LAF.  A well-secured paper (e.g. dust mask) or cloth (bandana, scarf) that covers your nose and mouth.
  3. Hands must be washed or sanitized before entry into LAF.  Investigators will be redirected to public restrooms or hand sanitizers will be available.
  4. Hands must be washed with soap and water upon entry to each Animal Holding rooms and again before leaving.
  5. All persons while inside LAF must maintaining a distance of 6 feet from another person.
  6. Only 1 person will be allowed at a time in an animal holding room.
  7. A weekly schedule will be posted on every animal holding room door (see attached)
    • This will indicate when weekly husbandry is scheduled and the room is unavailable
    • It enables users to sign up and schedule use for a room with multiple investigators.
    • If someone needs to retrieve a cage, they must ask the occupant before entering and wait until the occupant exits.
  8. Lab coats or dedicated scrub suits must be worn and removed before leaving the workplace.
  9. Surgical masks and a face shield are required when receiving technical assistance from LAF.
    • Face shields are available from EH&S
  10. All LAF restrooms will be closed.  Use public restrooms exterior to LAF spaces.
  11. All correspondence with LAF staff should be done via email, phone or online conferencing.
    • Office drop-ins will no longer be allowed
  12. Forms and drop offs boxes will be relocated to the corridors outside of main offices at each facility.
    • All forms are on the LAF website and can be scanned and returned via email.

Getting Started

It's important to have your research protocols and approvals in place before beginning your research. If new to the process, you will need training for handling your animals as well as understanding what to do in case of an emergency for your animals or injury/mishap to you.

The CM-LAF works closely with the IACUC and its staff to ensure responsible and ethical research with the least possible harm to the animals. 

Researcher Support

CM-LAF staff can help with wide-ranging needs in biomedical research, including:

  • Development and writing of  research protocol;
  • Protocol discussions at Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review sessions;
  • Setting up animal related procedures;
  • Research methodology; and
  • Completion of research in minimum time.

We also have a library in BEB room 119 with books, videos and instructional brochures and leaflets on the care of research animals. Available journals include: JALAS; Comparative Medicine and ILAR.

  • 12/14/15
    We have a veterinary specialist, board certified in laboratory animal medicine, along with clinical veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians and experienced animal caretakers.
  • 9/29/20
    In order to maintain staffing, supplies and equipment the CM-LAF has a per diem fee structure for the care of animals. The rates run concurrent with UB's fiscal year, July 1—June 30.
  • 10/18/19
    The CM-LAF operates six accredited and licensed animal facilities on UB North, South and Downtown campuses, all capable of receiving PHS funding.
  • 8/31/16
    An integral part of an animal care program is attending to the needs of researchers from an administrative perspective. The CM-LAF has a knowledgeable staff who can assist with a wide variety of needs.
  • 7/8/20
    The CM-LAF has a number of forms to cover common circumstances in a lab animal environment.  They include everything from animal care and movement to administrative services.
  • 12/14/15
    The Comparative Medicine-Laboratory Animal Facility (CM-LAF) staff includes several professionals highly capable of providing professional animal care, training researchers and managing the facilities in support of your research goals.  
  • 1/4/19
    Every person working with animals should be aware of the potential danger from animal bites and other mishaps. Report all incidences, no matter how minor. 
  • 9/2/16
    Animal researchers need to close all aspects of their research when retiring from the university or departing for other institutions.