Contact Information


  • Division Secretary


    General Questions
    Phone: 404.727.7423
    Fax: 404.727.3212
    Email Us

  • Customer Service


    Billing
    Phone: 404.727.8395
    Fax: 404.727.8762
    Email Us

  • Animal Orders & Transfers
    Phone: 404.727.7426
    Fax: 404.727.8762
    Email Us

    Smartkeys Add/Modify
    Phone: 404.727.7426
    Phone: 404.727.3210
    Fax: 404.727.8762
    Email Us

  • Facility Access


    Normal Business Hours

    (Monday thru Friday, 8AM - 5PM)


    Phone: 404.727.8991

    After Normal Business Hours

    (Weekends, Holidays & After Hours: 5PM - 8AM)


    Phone: 404.727.6111

  • Animal Care & Husbandry


    Normal Business Hours

    (Monday thru Friday, 8AM - 5PM)


    Phone: 404.727.2955

  • Veterinary Medical Needs


    Normal Business Hours

    (Monday thru Friday, 8AM - 5PM)


    Phone: 404.727.3248

  • After Normal Business Hours

    (Weekends, Holidays & After Hours: 5PM - 8AM)


    Phone: 404.727.6111


Postal Mailing Address


  • 615 Michael Street
    Whitehead Biomedical Research Bldg
    Suite G-02
    Atlanta, GA 30322
    MAILSTOP: 1941-001-1AA

  • Business Hours

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00AM - 5:00PM




Animal Acquisition, Quarantine, Transfer and Use Policy



General



Animals acquired for research must be used under a specific, approved IACUC protocol.



Acquired animals must be stabilized for at least 48 hours prior to use unless an exemption has been specifically approved by the IACUC.



Animals must be acquired from sources approved by the veterinary staff and ordered through the animal resources office. Animals from non-commercial sources that are not approved by the veterinary staff must be quarantined.



Unconditioned or wild-caught animals or those that are known or suspected of being infected with organisms that do not meet standards established by the IACUC and veterinary staff must be isolated, quarantined, stabilized and undergo health assessment and management procedures.



Stabilized animals meeting established health criteria may be used for research in areas approved by the IACUC.



Animals should not be transferred from room-to-room or building-to-building within the university or any affiliated institution, such as Emory West, Wesley Woods, Yerkes, or the VA Medical Center, without the knowledge and consent of the attending veterinarian.




Rodents


Background. Numerous infectious agents are known to cause disease and insidiously interfere with research in laboratory rodents. It is the policy and practice of the animal resources programs and IACUC to maintain research colonies free of such pathogens. While there are numerous potential routes for the entry of pathogens into research rodent colonies, one of the most important conduits remains that of rodents themselves. Of particular importance are rodents obtained from other research institutions or even other buildings or colonies within our research community.



Where rodents are known to be infected or suspected of not meeting health standards established by the veterinary staff and endorsed by the IACUC, they must be quarantined. In such cases, experimental use must be confined to that which can be safely accommodated in the quarantine area. Live rodents may only exit quarantine for necropsy or after the veterinary staff determines the health status to meet established standards.



Quarantined rodents that are infected must either be euthanized or managed in ways to eliminate infection before release from quarantine.



Rodents in quarantine that reliable information suggests are free of pathogens may be released to laboratories for terminal studies only with the consent of DAR. Specific personnel involved must be given documented BSL2 orientation and training and the PI must agree to abide by such management standards.