Frequently Asked Questions


  • What do I have to do to get an access card to the animal facility?
  • Complete a Security Card Access Request (Principal Investigator must sign) and bring to the orientation for animal users.

  • When is the orientation for animal users held?
  • Every Tuesday at 1:30PM with the exception of University holiday and inclement weather.

  • Do I need to schedule myself for the orientation of personnel caring for or using laboratory research animals?
  • Scheduling is not required. Just show up, but we do require that you BE ON TIME.

  • Who do I speak with about a problem with my access card?
  • Contact the Security Office at 404.727.8991

  • How do I schedule a BSL-2 orientation?
  • Please contact Charmaine Christie at 404.727.8991.

  • My child wants to see the animals. Can I bring him/her into the facility?
  • No. Children (less than 16 years of age) are prohibited from entering the facilities at all times.

    For reasons of security, public health and animal health, anyone (greater than the age of 16 years old) wishing to visit the animal facilities must request authorization and escort from the Division of Animal Resources office. If permission is granted, all visitors must be accompanied by their faculty sponsor or a member of the Animal Resources staff. Staff access to animal facilities is limited to those persons whose assigned duties require that they enter the facilities.


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

    Speed Types Add/Modify
    Phone: 404.727.7426
    Phone: 404.727.3210
    Fax: 404.727.8762
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  • Facility Access


    Normal Business Hours

    (Monday thru Friday, 8AM - 5PM)


    Phone: 404.727.8991
    Email Us


  • 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




Surgery Training




The IACUC requires appropriate training and a proficiency assessment for all researchers performing survival surgery on any vertebrate animal. The required training includes a surgery course provided by DAR that must be completed prior to IACUC approval.



Surgery course attendance can be scheduled by registering in ELMS. Please choose the course that is appropriate for the species you will be working with (“DAR SOM Aseptic Survival Surgery with Rodents, Birds, or Aquatics”, or “DAR SOM Aseptic Survival Surgery with Pigs, Sheep, or Rabbits”). If you will be working with species from both groups, you are required to attend both courses.



To sign up for “DAR SOM Aseptic Survival Surgery with Rodents, Birds, or Aquatics,” please enroll via ELMS (elmprod9.emory.edu) using course code 265020. For details on how to register, please see the link on Registering for DAR Training Courses.



NOTE: As of 4/26/19, the “DAR SOM Aseptic Survival Surgery with Pigs, Sheep, or Rabbits” course is not yet available through ELMS. Please contact dartrn@emory.edu to schedule this class.


The proficiency assessment can be completed after IACUC approval of the protocol, and needs to be scheduled within one month of starting surgeries. For the proficiency assessment, a member of the DAR veterinary staff will observe part of a surgical procedure. An assessment must done for each person on the protocol who performs surgery. You can schedule a proficiency assessment by contacting the DAR veterinarian responsible for the assessments, Dr. Shraddha Cantara (shraddha.cantara@emory.edu).

Last Updated: September 2021