Rutgers LAS

Comparative Medicine Resources (CMR)

Preclinical Services

Rutgers has a wealth of experience, capabilities and surgical models that are routinely used to answer critical research questions. We provide a comprehensive program of animal care including protocol review, a duly constituted animal care committee, occupational health and laboratory safety, and full-time veterinary care. The Preclinical Services group can work with your organization in a variety ways.

COMPREHENSIVE ANIMAL CARE

We provide a comprehensive program of animal care including protocol review, a duly-constituted animal care committee, occupational health and laboratory safety, and full-time veterinary care.

  • Animal research projects are supported by an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), a safety program under the direction of Rutgers Environmental and Health Safety (REHS), and a comprehensive program of occupational health for animal workers. 
  • Rutgers animal facilities are USDA-registered and accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Animal Care, International (AAALAC), an association widely recognized for its standards of excellence in laboratory animal care.
  • As an accredited facility, Rutgers complies with all requirements of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Rutgers has an Animal Welfare Assurance with the US Public Health Service (PHS), a requirement for conducting any PHS/NIH-funded animal work.
  • The department of Laboratory Animal Services is responsible for the daily operation of animal facilities.  The Director of Laboratory Animal Services is a veterinarian who is a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).

SERVICES OFFERED

  • Provide housing for traditional laboratory animals in facilities that meet all requirements for modern biomedical research.
  • Pathology services. 
  • If you have the expertise to design and perform your own studies, we will provide housing and laboratory animal care and study support services
  • If you don’t have the expertise, we can provide a wide array of services including ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) & pharmacokinetic studies in rodents, rabbits and larger species
    • We have extensive experience with conventional routes of administration, including oral, continuous infusion, intraperitoneal, intratracheal intravenous, ocular, subcutaneous and topical/transdermal.
    • In addition, we have a variety of surgical models including ported access models for direct injection/infusion into the upper or lower small intestine, colon and portal vein (and sampling from the portal vein).
    • Studies can be performed in conjunction with our state-of-the-art Molecular Imaging Facility.

FARM ANIMALS

We can also maintain farm animal species in an agricultural setting.

CONSULTATION SERVICES

Where appropriate, faculty who are experts in a relevant field may be available for consultation and/or collaboration.