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Animal Facility (Wistar)

Directors: DiFrancesco, Denise., AS, RLATG, ILAM, CMAR; Villanueva, Jessie., PhD


The Animal Facility is a shared resource that provides services in laboratory animal medicine and husbandry, as well as routine animal procurement, inventory, and care, for all Wistar scientists using animals in their research. The aim is to facilitate research through humane and efficient management of animal populations. The Wistar Animal Care and Use Program is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for overseeing the Animal Care and Use Program with regard to the maintenance of acceptable standards for the care, use, and treatment of animals, including regulatory compliance, investigator training, animal user training, post approval monitoring and technical support services. Two attending veterinarians oversee all animal health concerns.





  • Equipment & Features ( Instrument )

    Equipment & Features

    -- Ventilated, sterile, disposable caging system
    -- Common use anesthesia, germinator and CO2 machines
    -- Hydrogen peroxide decontamination chamber
    -- Isolation cubicles
    -- Procedure room

  • PerkinElmer IVIS SpectrumCT imaging system ( In vivo imaging system )

    In vivo imaging suite for small animal imaging equipped with a PerkinElmer IVIS SpectrumCT imaging system


  • Mouse Pathology ( Service )

    Mouse Pathology

    David Garlick, D.V.M., a board-certified veterinary pathologist and expert in mouse histopathology and embryology, provides consultation and scientific collaboration. Services include: project consultation, histology slide evaluation and report preparation, and image development. Mouse pathology services are free for Wistar Cancer Center members. To request services, email Dr. Garlick at dgarlick@hsrl.org. Provide a detailed summary of your experimental protocol, key experimental questions, and material to be provided.

  • Other Services ( Service )


    -- Laboratory animal medicine and husbandry
    -- Animal procurement
    -- Animal health surveillance
    -- NSG colony maintenance and breeding
    -- Veterinary care and pharmacy
    -- Quarantine housing
    -- Technical support and training

  • Transgenic Services ( Service )

    Transgenic Services

    Wistar maintains an inter-institutional agreement with Fox Chase Cancer Center to generate transgenic and genetically modified mice utilizing services and expertise of both Fox Chase Transgenic Mouse Facility Staff and Wistar Animal Facility staff.

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Last updated: 2020-03-16T09:35:09.036-04:00

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