Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC)

LARC Staff

LARC Services:

LARC provides many services to the campus community, including, but not limited to:

Animal Care:

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Staff Responsibilities:

  • Husbandry Staff:
    • The responsibilities are as follows:Our animal technician staff is responsible for the everyday care, health monitoring, and sanitation of the UCSF animal facilities in order to support UCSF scientific research.  For the larger animals, they provide enrichment as well.  Our husbandry staff strives to set the highest standards in animal care.
    • Activities commonly preformed:
      • Daily checking of animals and cage conditions
      • Finding and reporting health checks to veterinary staff through automated scanning
      • Providing food and water (if not on micro-isolator racks)
      • Cage change
      • Cage counts and census of every room
      • Tagging cages for weaning, health checks, and mortality reports
      • Provide isoflurane anesthesia kits for check-out
      • Provide euthanasia equipment, such as carbon dioxide
      • Special request (may be subject to charge)
      • Ectoparasite testing - also available upon request *
      • Receiving and housing animal imports, including within facility transports
      • Prepare animals to be exported or transported to another facility
      • Physical maintenance and sanitation of the vivariam
      • Sanitizing cages and equipment
      • Teeth trimming*
      • Euthanasia*
      • Weaning*
      • Overcrowding separations*
      • Apply veterinary department prescribed medications*
      • Diagnostics: shipping samples to diagnostic laboratory for testing such as UC Davis, and IDEXX.*
      • Special requests*

* Indicates per recharge

  • Rodent Veterinary Nurse:
    • The rodent team staff is responsible for monitoring rodent health, and attending to any rodent health conditions that are in need of attention.  The rodent team nurses act as a liaison between the husbandry care workers and the members of the research labs.   Lab members with questions or concerns about their animals can contact the rodent health team nurses directly.  Rodent team nurses also preform sentinel bleeds, as well as microscopy and diagnostic test analysis.
    • Activities commonly preformed:
      • Health monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment plans.
      • Room monitoring sentinel testing
      • Necropsy
      • Serology collection (may be subject to recharge)
      • Reading diagnostic slides for transports, and sentinel 5% testing
      • Trainings such as teeth trimming, bleeding techniques, anesthesia training,
      • Special requests (may be subject to recharge)
      • Prepare and provide medication *
      • Teeth trimming *
      • Special requests *

* Indicates per recharge

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  • Veterinary Nurses:
    • The veterinary nursing staff works in conjunction with the veterinarians as well as the lab research staff to provide daily health monitoring and assessments of the research animals. 

    • Activities commonly preformed:
      • Checks of animals
      • Clinical veterinary care
      • Research support
      • Diagnostics and necropsy support
      • Surgical preparation
      • Anesthesia/anesthesia support
      • Training staff
      • Regulatory compliance liaison
      • Administrative duties, such as scheduling procedures, ordering medical supplies/medications for both LARC and research lab. Orders may be placed through the LARC by emailing LARCsupplyrequest@ucsf.edu.  When placing orders please provide the following information:
        • Investigator name
        • Protocol number
        • Billing code
        • Contact person with phone or email address
        • Location of lab
        • Description of the item requested
        • Total quantity of item requested.
      • Orders will be processed upon receipt.  Depending on stock it may take approximately up to 3 weeks to complete the order.

        Note: Any procedures provided by veterinary staff that are study related issues and supplies ordered through LARC are recharged.

  • Veterinarians:
    • The LARC veterinarians provide clinical services and support for the UCSF research animals. Veterinarians are also responsible to ensure the humane use and care of all animals.
    • Activities commonly preformed:
      • Collaborative research with UCSF PI's.
      • Insure animals are in good health and free of spontaneous disease.
      • Provide physical examination and diagnostic services.
      • Provide and administer all aspects of veterinary care of various species including:
        • Providing clinical veterinary medical care
        • Surgical, analgesic and anesthetic support
        • Advice to researchers on species needs
        • Necropsy and pathology assistance
        • Provide 24 hr. emergency veterinary care
        • Review and edit research protocols
        • Training staff

Note: Any procedures provided by veterinary staff that are study related issues and supplies ordered through LARC are recharged.

Non-Clinical Laboratory:

  • GLP studies are NOT currently performed on animal studies at UCSF. 

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