The Animal Facility’s mission is to facilitate research through humane and efficient management of animal populations. The Wistar Animal Facility is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. Expert management, husbandry, custodial and veterinary staff maintain the facility, including a modified Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) barrier, with the following aims:
- Provide service in laboratory animal medicine and husbandry, routine animal procurement, animal health surveillance, veterinary care, inventory monitoring, quarantine housing, routine technical support and technical training for all Wistar investigators using animals in their research.
- Maintain an NSG (NOD.Cg-Prkdc scid Il2rg tm1Wjl/SzJ) breeding colony producing immunodeficient mice.
- Provide access to expertise for the generation of transgenic and genetically modified mice, through our inter-institutional collaboration with the transgenic mouse facility at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
- Provide access to the services of a full time veterinary pathologist, David Garlick, VMD.
- Administer Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) mandated new employee orientation and IACUC procedures training and orientation tours as well as hands-on training for new researchers.
- House a suite for in vivo imaging including an Intravital Imaging System (IVIS) 200i, in collaboration with the Imaging Shared Resource.