Animal Care Resources

Person taking samples

Facility Information

The Small Animal Research Facility (SARF) provides the best possible animal care and assists investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal research in accordance with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles. SARF has a multizone temperature and airflow control to allow for various environments necessary to research projects.  Daily care and feeding is provided by a trained staff, and surgery prep, surgical area, and a recovery area are available for use.

Animal Care Resources Contact: Luke Doucette, Manager of Laboratory and Technical Services, TASC, General Manager, CORE Phone: 207.581.2251 Email: luke.doucette@maine.edu


Zebrafish Laboratory

Facility Information

The Zebrafish Facility is outfitted with the Aquatic Habitats for Accelerated Bioresearch (AHAB) fish rearing system (Aquatic Habitats, Apopka, FL). This system is composed of five-foot wide, five-level, stainless steel racks using any combination of tank sizes (3 and 10 liter). Water input lines deliver UV-sterilized water to each tank through an independent valve. The fish tanks have self-cleaning bottoms and the effluent system features an optically clear design. The filter system requires minimal maintenance, and maintains high water quality, dramatically reduced disease and mortality.
 
For more information please visit the Zebrafish Laboratory webpage
 
Zebrafish Laboratory Contact:  Mark Nilan, Laboratory Manager
Phone:  207-581-3391

Technical Services:

  • Approximately 1200 total research tanks (3 and 10 liter), which permits facility capacity of more than 40,000 zebrafish
  • 12 recirculating racks of tanks for genetics and development work
  • 1 physically isolated flow through rack of tanks for quarantined disease and toxicology research
  • Zebrafish shipping and receiving
  • Line storage and maintenance
  • Embryo purchasing
  • Research project consultation
  • All projects considered for trail must have IACUC approved Animal Use Protocols (AUP)