Program Overview

 

Access to CLAR facilities is restricted to authorized investigators with CLAR and IACUC approval. No individuals may enter the facilities without this CLAR/IACUC authorization.

 

The Center for Laboratory Animal Resources (CLAR) provides a unified program of veterinary medical care and husbandry for animals used in research and teaching. The program includes animal health surveillance and veterinary medical care, husbandry of laboratory animals, procurement of all animals, quarantine and stabilization of animals, technical assistance with animal studies, and consultation to the faculty and students. 

 

Facilities

The Administrative Office of CLAR is located in the Hugh M. Gloster Building basement (B-B56). This office places all animal orders; maintains inventories of food, bedding, sanitation materials, and clinical supplies; and processes animal care billing to principal investigators and academic departments. 

 

The Center for Laboratory Animal Resources' current animal research facility space includes: 

 

-The Hugh M. Gloster Building of Morehouse School of Medicine houses an animal facility consisting of approximately 25 animal rooms, two clinical areas, a diagnostic/necropsy, surgery area, storage areas, a cleaning and sanitizing area, a technician's lunch room, Veterinary Technician , Director of Operations and Administrative offices.

 

-The Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) at Morehouse School of Medicine houses four rodent holding rooms (F-10) and a surgery suite (F-09) that includes a surgery area, necropsy and post-operative housing.

 

-The Medical Education Building (MEB) at Morehouse School of Medicine (C-223) houses a zebra fish core lab.

 

-Morehouse College has two satellite facilities consisting of 8 animal rooms.

Overview of Services

-Basic animal care, including feeding, watering, and cleaning of primary and secondary animal enclosures.

  • -Clinical services and health monitoring.
  • -Humane euthanasia and appropriate disposal of all animal species upon termination of experimental protocol.
  • -Maintenance of immunologically compromised animals behind specified barriers i.e. Specific Pathogen Free (S.P.F.) rabbits, thymectomized mice etc.
  • -Necropsy and diagnostics are provided by CLAR within the per diem charges.
  • -Routine vaccination against common pathogens i.e. Sendai, I.C.H. etc., will be absorbed by CLAR.

Program Activities

-Complete animal care for all laboratory animals

-Order, receive and house all laboratory animals used for research and/or teaching purposes.

-Provide complete clinical health care and/or diagnostic services.

-Distribute specific information to principal investigators regarding current innovations in the area of their individual research interests.

-Fill requests including assistance with breeding, sample collection, and minor surgery at a charge.