The Center of Animal Care
and Use (CACU) is designed as a rodent specific
facility that conducts humane treatment of
all animals used for research. All components
of the CACU program follow the guidelines
of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation
of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC
International). The CACU facility provides
oversight and programmatic assistance in the
domain of animal research.
||The CACU facility
is composed of 4 zones and 2 laboratories.
||1. SPF Animals in stock: conduct general
2. Biosafety Level-2(BSL-2) experiments:
conduct recombinant DNA/Vector studies
3. Breeding of GEM animals: produce transgenic
(or knockout) mice for research.
4. Material sanitization
5. Clinical Research Lab: provide mouse
clinical pathological services
6. In vivo Imaging Lab: allow non-invasive
visible imaging of healthy and diseased
The final goal of CACU is to promote high-quality
animal care, use, and well-being and to enhance
life-science research and education.