Contact Information


  • Division Secretary


    General Questions
    Phone: 404.727.7423
    Fax: 404.727.3212
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  • Customer Service


    Billing
    Phone: 404.727.8395
    Fax: 404.727.8762
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  • Animal Orders & Transfers
    Phone: 404.727.7426
    Fax: 404.727.8762
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    Smartkeys 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

    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




Surveillance Facilities



O. Wayne Rollins Research Building


The O. Wayne Rollins Research Building was opened in 1990 and houses various species including mice and rats. All mouse and rat colonies come into the Rollins Building from other facilities on campus, after completion of Emory’s quarantine program, or from approved vendors. There is dedicated husbandry staff for the Rollins Building. All rodents are housed in microisolator cages on static racks or ventilated racks and the water is acidified. There are currently 4 BSL1 mouse rooms, 1 BSL1 rat room, 1 BSL2 mouse room and 1 BSL2+ mouse room. There are approximately 3,500 mice and 100 rats housed in the Rollins Building.



The health status of our rodent colonies is evaluated quarterly by serology, PCR and parasitology. The serology and PCR samples are outsourced to commercial laboratories and the parasitology is run in house. In all mouse rooms up to 4 sentinel cages, containing two 4-6 week old CF1 mice are placed on every rack and replaced quarterly. Each sentinel cage monitors 35-70 mouse cages. Three times a week, sentinel mice are placed directly into the soiled cage of a colony mouse. At the end of 3 months, sentinels wait 6 weeks for seroconversion, and are then euthanized for health monitoring. All mouse colonies are tested for endo-parasites, ecto-parasites, and the following pathogens every quarter: MPV, Sendai, PVM, MHV, MVM, GDVII, Reo-3, M. pulmonis, EDIM, MNV, MCMV, LCMV, K, Polyoma, Mouse Adenovirus, and Ectromelia. In all rat rooms, a sentinel cage with two 6-week old Sprague Dawleys is placed on every rack and replaced yearly. All rat colonies are tested for Endo-parasites and the following pathogens during each quarter: Sendai, PVM, SDAV, KRV, H-1, Reo-3, M. pulmonis, and RPV.



Emory University colonies are not regularly screened, but are believed to be free of the following pathogens: Mouse thymic virus (MTV, MTLV), Lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus (LDEV), Bordetella bronchiseptica, CAR Bacillus, Hantavirus, Corynebacterium kutscheri, Streptobacillus moniliformis, Salmonella, Citrobacter rodentium, and pathogenic streptococci.



Mice from Emory University are potententially colonized with the following organisms: Helicobacter hepaticus, H. muridarum, H. bilis, Pasteurella pneumotropica, Proteus spp, staphylococci, and fecal coliforms and enterococci Effective 4/30/2007, all DAR-managed mouse colonies are now declared to have high level epizootic murine norovirus (MNV) and low level enzootic mouse parvovirus (MPV) infections.



While we have no reason to believe that there are other pathogens in this facility, we recommend that all shipments from Emory University be isolated from other rodent colonies until confirmatory health assessments can be done. Additional testing can be performed prior to shipment upon request of the receiving institution.



All questions can be answered by the Animal Health Quality Assurance Manager in the Division of Animal Resources at 404.712.9902.