Veterinary Services

Contact the ARF office at 272-3936 or kohair@salud.unm.edu to schedule a consultation.

Researchers are encouraged to consult with the veterinary staff on matters related to the following:

  • Animal Models
  • Experimental Design
  • Budget Planning
  • Animal Use Protocols
  • Equipment, Supplies, Drugs
  • Surgery
  • Choice of Analgesics and Anesthetics

Surgery - Attending veterinarian will:

  • Perform surgeries if the PI lacks the experience or training
  • Train prospective surgeons
  • Provide consultation regarding surgical procedures

Fee - No fee is charged for services of the attending veterinarian

Technical Assistance

The ARF technical staff will assist researchers with minor procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Obtaining blood samples
  • Anesthesia
  • Performing injections
  • Euthanasia
  • Tissue collection
  • Animal Identification procedures

Fee - The PI's index will be charged for Technical Service Fees according to the Per Diem and Fee Schedule

Animal Husbandry

Husbandry (Housing, Care, Food, Water) is provided by the ARF Laboratory Animal Technicians according to standards recommended by the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Production Colony management

The ARF operates a barrier facility for maintenance and production of genetically modified mice that may not be commercially available or are cost prohibitive. The management of production colonies is included in the standard per diem. If tissue collection, individual identification or other specialized procedures are necessary, the ARF Laboratory Animal Technicians will bill for technical service according to the Per Diem and Fee Schedule.

Accounting/Billing

The accounting staff maintains all ARF accounts for animal research-related activities. Each account is billed monthly, with a detailed invoice of charges. The fee for this service is the per diem, and varies for each species.

Training

The ARF staff encourages researchers, students, and staff to request training in:

  • ARF Policies and Procedures
  • Animal Handling and Restraint
  • Specialized Procedures
  • Euthanasia

Training is provided free of charge.

Drug procurement and Compounding

  • The ARF is able to provide veterinary drugs to the research staff at wholesale costs.
  • The ARF veterinarian maintains a DEA license that enables the distribution of controlled substances, Schedule II - V, for research purposes.
  • Research Staff may request Drug Compounding services by submitting the Drug Compounding Form to Victoria Sugita
  • Researchers may utilize the UNM Hospital Supply and UNMH Pharmacy to procure medical supplies and drugs that are not specific to veterinary medicine and surgery.

Equipment, Instruments, & Supplies procurement

The ARF staff will assist Animal Researchers in locating specialized animal research equipment, supplies and instruments.