RESEARCH CAPABILITIES AT MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE

Animal Care Facility

Researcher The Animal Care Facility (ACF) at Meharry Medical College (MMC) has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1972 and operates in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act as Amended (7 USC, 2131-2156); Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (Public Law-158); follows the Public Health Service policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (revised 2015); and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (revised 2010); Laboratory animal veterinarian and technical staff provide primary and veterinary care to all animals housed, as well as investigator training, technical assistance and guidance, and access to health status and  laboratory services. Our goal is the maintenance of an enriched, variable-free, secure and humane environment for our animal subjects, as well as superb customer service for our research clients.

PAST PERFORMANCE

Research accomplishments within the school have been funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT

Tecniplast BSC-II Biosafety Cabinets/Animal Change Stations

•  The Vivarium is equipped with two (2) stationary Tecniplast BSC-II biosafety cabinets, as well as five (5) mobile LabProducts and three (3) Tecniplast CS 5 EVO plus animal change stations. IsoTech/SurgiVet Isoflurane Vaporizers (2) serviced annually via a certified vaporizer service provider
Microisolator and IVC-rodent caging available Tecniplast

• Caging Equipment Model Greenline Sealsafe pluse ventilated mouse racks (six) and rat (two) with 4 smartflow units are in use in the Vivarium with test data provided by the manufacturer showing typical cage air exchange rates of 58 to 60 changes per hour, airflows of 0.20 cubic feet per minute and a nominal air velocity (in the cage) of 69 linear feet per minute. These racks are configured to draw supply air.