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 AAALAC accredited animal care and use program that has a long history of sustained compliance with Federal, State and Local laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to biomedical and behavioral research and teaching programs.


The UNM HSC ARF maintains 40,000 sq.ft. of animal research facility infrastructure, directed by Kevin O'Hair, DVM who is a Diplomat, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM) and a faculty member of the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine. The ARF is located on the contiguous ground floor of the Reginald Heber Fitz Hall (RHFH) and the Biomedical Research Facility (BRF) and two small satellite facilities located in the College of Nursing & Pharmacy Building and Domenici Hall. The ARF maintains 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 teaching and research programs that utilize laboratory animals. The ARF is managed by Christie Wilcox, RLATG, Operations Manager and animal care is provided by nine laboratory animal technicians.  The ARF encompasses animal housing rooms and several specialized facility areas listed below:

Specialized Facilities:

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


Additional Resources


Assurance Numbers

HSC Campus
Animal Welfare
Assurance # D16-00228 (A3350-01)
USDA Registration # 85-R-0014
AAALAC # 000222

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