ECDOI Animal Research Facility

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ECDOI Animal Research Facility


The ECDOI animal research facility has four holding rooms and two procedure rooms to accommodate animal research on the 4th floor of ECHI. Three of the four holding rooms are used to house laboratory mice. These facilities are maintained by the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) staff. Each room and all cages are checked daily by the DCM staff.

The ECDOI facility is a temporary holding facility only. All investigators must have a permanent holding location assigned by the DCM for all animals to be able to use the ECDOI facility. DCM charges the same per animal fee for all animal holding no matter the location. Animals can only be held at the ECDOI facility for a maximum of 2 months, subject to availability. Priority will be given to investigators using animals with equipment located on the 4th floor of ECHI.

Animal Holding Rooms

Mice - ECHI 4313A, 4313B, 4313D

Rats - ECHI 4313E

Procedure Rooms

ECHI 4313C, 4313F

Animal Food and Bedding

ECHI 4315


The BookIT Lab system will be used to reserve space for animal holding.



For information on BookIT Lab

Space is reserved by room and shelf. There are 4 shelves per room (do not count the top shelf). Reserve one shelf at a time by selecting the day/time start and end. Use the “Notes” entry to add any special conditions that may be required so that other users are aware. To book an additional shelf just add a new entry for the same time. Upon completion, you will notice on the calendar the entries now overlap. Up to 4 different entries can be made for each room before an error message will be displayed “The service is occupied at the requested time.” Be careful to note both the date and time for the start and end when making a reservation to avoid this error message.

All reservations will be pending until approved by management. Please note there is a glitch where it will break your reservation into pieces and send you many emails. This is being investigated.

Each shelf can hold 5 large cages and 10 mouse cages. The length of reservation should be limited a maximum of 2 months.


All animal transfers between facilities must be documented on the inventory sheets at the time of transfer. This includes subtracting from former location and adding to the new location.

Animals transferred to or from the ECDOI facility must keep the same health status at both locations. If either location becomes contaminated, no animals will be allowed to be transferred from a “dirty” location to a “clean” location.

To transfer animals contact Dale Aycock at least 48 hours before the transfer needs to occur.

If only a small number of animals needs to be moved, you can bring them over yourself as long as the following procedures are obeyed.

All transport must use the ECDOI freight elevator

Animals must be secured in a primary container with access to food and water. Disposable cartons are available in the Brody basement facility to avoid using cages.

The primary container must be secured in a secondary container to conceal the transport. The animals must be completely covered and protected form the weather. There is a red and black cart with lockable doors in ECHI 4315 that can be used to transport secondary containers. This cart must be sanitized after each use.


Clean cages, bedding, water and all other resources are located in 4315. Do not remove dirty cages from the holding rooms. Leave on the shelf for pickup.


The animal facility requires OneCard to access. In addition, the holding rooms require a key to enter. To obtain a key contact Ashley Busada.

Working with animals

Biosafety cabinet in 4313F

Movable workstation is kept one of holding rooms.

Animal remains

A -20 C freezer located at 4300J is available for animal remain disposal. Please make sure to completely wrap and bag all remains properly. Facilities will come by to pick up these remains with biohazard waste weekly.

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