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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Visitor Restrictions, Resources, and Updates

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Welcome to Animal Resource

The Dean’s office asks research labs to designate a limited number of people per lab (two per lab or 10% of the lab, whichever is more) who are allowed to come in, to continue essential operations such as attending to mouse/animal breeding or experimental colonies. Staff should maintain an appropriate distance (six feet) from one another at all times.
If labs choose not to designate essential personnel to manage breeding colonies or feed experimental diet, the vivarium animal care staff by default will wean mice, separate breeders, and provide normal feed and water. updated 3/20/20 10:48am

University researchers received the following information in an email from Drs. Rob Clark, Steve Dewhurst, John Tarduno and Richard Waugh on March 19, 2020.

“Effective next Tuesday (3/24), we are going to need to limit facility access to these individuals only.  Backups should be designated for each of these individuals (if not already specified in business continuity plans).  Under exceptional circumstances, a 3rd staff member may be granted access for a short time period, with chair approval and if necessary, for animal-related activities. 
No new research may be initiated on-site, effective immediately.  Only the following research will be permitted to continue on-site:
 1.  Approved* research on COVID-19; 
2.  Approved* therapeutic clinical trials; and
3.  Approved* ongoing essential experiments (e.g., long-term animal studies needing harvesting of tissues).  (*Approved by the relevant department chair/center director and the relevant research dean) “ updated 3/20/20 2:20pm


Our mission is to assure the humane care and well-being of animals used in research and teaching at the University of Rochester. We strive to promote quality science through responsible animal care and use.

The Animal Resource includes two functional components:

  • Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM)the academic program which includes graduate training, course offerings, research initiatives also provides the veterinary care, specialized training, and services to researchers
  • Vivarium, which provides all animal care and research specific services