Animal Resources Facilities

Virginia Tech has three Animal Resources facilities:

  • Life Sciences
  • Integrated Life Sciences Building
  • Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Laboratory Animal Facility.

Staffing at each consists of a Facility Manager or Vivarium Operations Specialist and full- and part-time animal care technicians. Veterinary care and oversight is provided by Virginia Tech's University Veterinarian,  Laboratory Animal Program Veterinarian, and  Laboratory Animal Clinical Veterinarian. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) provides programmatic oversight, facility inspections, and review of animal use protocols.

Click on the respective facility below for more information:

The LS-1 animal facility was constructed in 2007 within what is known as the life sciences corridor on the Blacksburg campus, and provides approximately 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art animal housing and procedure space for rodents. The facility includes 19 animal housing rooms, 8 procedure/rodent surgery rooms, a necropsy room, quarantine space with 3 Horsfal cubicles for animal isolation, and other necessary support spaces. The facility includes a space dedicated for imaging. ABSL1 and ABSL2 animal housing can be accommodated.

Mice and rats are housed in automatic watering Allentown individually ventilated cages (IVC) that are positive and negative capable (PNC). All animal cages are changed in either a biological safety cabinet or a mobile animal transfer station, as appropriate for project containment. All animal rooms are served by an Edstrom chlorinated reverse osmosis (RO) auto-water distribution system backed by a Watch Dog® monitoring system.

ILSB was constructed in 2008 in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and includes an approximately 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art laboratory animal facility with housing and procedure space for rodents. The facility includes 7 animal housing rooms, 5 procedure/rodent surgery rooms, quarantine, and other necessary support spaces. Located within ILSB is a rodent phenotyping core that includes metabolic phenotyping, operant chambers, wheel running cages, and an NMR body composition analyzer. ABSL1 and ABSL2 animal housing can be accommodated.

Mice, rats and guinea pigs are housed in automatic watering Allentown individually ventilated cages (IVC) that are positive and negative capable (PNC). All animal cages are changed in either a biological safety cabinet or a mobile animal transfer station, as appropriate for project containment. All animal rooms are served by an Edstrom chlorinated reverse osmosis (RO) auto-water distribution system backed by a Watch Dog® monitoring system.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Laboratory Animal Facility was constructed in the summer of 2011 and includes animal housing and support spaces on the first, second, and third floors of the institute. The main animal housing area is located in a state-of-the-art 11,300-square-foot facility on the third floor and includes 12 animal holding rooms, 3 procedure rooms, and other essential support areas. ABSL1 and ABSL2 animal housing can be accommodated. The first and second floor facilities consist of approximately 1,850 square feet of space including 3 animal holding rooms, 1 procedure room, 1 quarantine room and several research support rooms.

Mice are housed in either 70- or 140-cage automatic watering Allentown individually ventilated cages (IVC) that are positive and negative capable (PNC). Mouse cages are changed in either a biological safety cabinet or a mobile animal transfer station, as appropriate for project containment. Rats are housed in static caging with microisolator lid containment. Guinea pigs are housed in conventional caging. All animal drinking water is provided from a reverse osmosis system delivered by an Edstrom stainless steel auto-water room distribution system or through water bottles for rats and guinea pigs.

A zebrafish core facility has been added recently where breeding and research studies using zebrafish are performed. Zebrafish are housed in state-of-the-art Tecniplast Aquatic Systems with a total capacity of approximately 800 tanks.