ANIMAL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The centralized management of the animal care and use program at Northern
Arizona University (NAU) was formalized in June 1986. The Animal
Facilities Manager and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
have projected future animal care needs and developed a training program
for investigators and staff. Excellent support from the administration
and IACUC has allowed significant progress. In 1989 a new laboratory
animal care facility costing $800 K and an Avian Cognition Laboratory
research facility costing $300 K were opened. In addition, a second full-
time Animal Facilities staff person was added to the animal resource. Over $419 K in extramural support for fourteen research projects involving
vertebrate animals was received by NAU in FY 1988-89, including $247 K
from PHS sources. Except for specialized avian memory research, all
animal care is provided in the new laboratory animal care facility
adjacent to the Biological Sciences building. Due to budget limitations
at the time of the facility's construction, an autoclave and cage washer
could not be purchased. These are essential equipment in any modern
animal care facility, permitting safe, efficient and proper fulfillment of
the basic animal husbandry standards recommended by NIH and USDA
guidelines. This proposal specifically seeks funding for these two pieces
of necessary support equipment. With acquisition of the same, thorough,
consistent cleaning and sterilization of animal cages and ancillary items
can be met in a fashion that maximizes animal health, personnel safety and
efficiency.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/901/31/92

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health

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