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Animal Core Facility (ACF)

The UMB Animal Core Facility is located in the same facility as the IHV. Animals are housed, cared for, and used strictly in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. A full-time, specially trained, laboratory animal veterinarian, Dr. Joseph Bryant, directs the program of animal care. The Animal Cacility provides containment through the Bio-Safety Laboratory-2 (BSL-2) level and includes a full-service histology laboratory.

The ACF is available for use by all investigators in the IHV using animals in their research. The Director of the AFC, Dr. Joseph Bryant, has established a world class facility to support research in the use of immunodeficient mice and for the development of transgenic and gene knockout strains. The ACF has already established and will continue to expand extensive collaborations based on this expertise.

Dr. Joseph Bryant is a board certified laboratory animal veterinarian with more than 20 years experience in Animal Facility Administration. Mr. Harry Davis, who has more than 15 years experience in managing animal facilities, is the ACF’s facility manager. He oversees the husbandry and technical staff.

Services are provided on a fee-for-service basis and detailed for investigators in a monthly billing in a manner that meets grant and contractual administrative standards. UMB is committed to a certified program for the care of laboratory animals used in biomedical research and testing. The facility provides for separation of species, separation/containment for experimental conditions in a bio-containment environment, and designated space for various functions. Specifically, the facility includes the following:

  • Specialized procedure rooms
  • Species-specific animal rooms with isolation and containment facilities
  • Surgical suite for aseptic surgery
  • Laboratory for specimen handling and the performance of necropsy
  • Histology laboratory
  • Multiple biological safety cabinets for specimen containment
  • Specialized area for transgenic, gene knockout, and immunodeficient mice and rats
  • Large volume, high vacuum pass-through autoclave for decontamination of waste and other autoclaving needs
  • Cage wash and bottle washer