Animal Resource Facility

ARF Mission

The primary function of the Animal Resource Facility (ARF) is to provide the best possible animal care and to assist investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal research in accord with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

We sustain these objectives through the development and maintenance of a comprehensive, high quality animal care and use program, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) and in compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws pertaining to animal welfare and laboratory animal research.


The UNM HSC maintains 40,000 sq.ft. of animal resource facility (ARF), directed by Kevin O'Hair, DVM who is a Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and a faculty member of the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine. The ARF is located on the contiguous ground floor of the Basic Medical Sciences Building (BMSB) and the Biomedical Research Facility (BRF). The ARF is maintained as a specific pathogen free (SPF) facility essential for current, state of the science research, and contains specialized barrier facilities for breeding laboratory mice. The ARF also provides technical and veterinary support for all educational and research projects utilizing laboratory animals. The ARF encompasses animal housing areas and special use areas such as treatment rooms, procedural laboratories, imaging facilities, biohazardous and chemical exposure suites, surgery units and barrier rodent housing rooms. The ARF is managed by Christie Wilcox, RLATG, Operations Manager and animal care is provided by six laboratory animal technicians.

Specialized Facilities:
1. Biohazard (BSL) facilities
2. Barrier
3. Hazardous Chemical Exposure facility
4. Surgery
5. Procedure labs
6. Necropsy
7. Imaging


Additional Resources


Assurance Numbers

HSC Campus
Animal Welfare
Assurance # D16-00228 (A3350-01)
USDA Registration # 85-R-0014

Main Campus
Animal Welfare
Assurance # D16-00565 (A4023-01)
USDA Registration # 85-R-0002