Laboratory Animal Resource Facility

The Sanford Laboratory Animal Resource Facility is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible to animals used in biomedical research and teaching. Sanford recognizes the contribution animals make to expanding our knowledge and improving the human condition and promotes an environment of respect and support for animals, researchers and staff and facilitates essential animal research with an emphasis on ethics.

The Laboratory Animal Resource Facility is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The animal facilities are inspected by the USDA/APHIS and have been found to be in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and USDA regulations.
Sanford also maintains an Animal Welfare Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), a National Institutes of Health agency (NIH). This assurance describes the commitment of Sanford Health to comply with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and with the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (NIH).
We are proud to report the accreditation of the Sanford Research animal care and use program by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. Accreditation was awarded in November of 2013. Site visits are conducted by AAALAC every 3 years. In addition, all aspects of the Sanford Research animal care and use program are reviewed semiannually by the Sanford Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Contact Information:
Sanford Research - Melanee Clark Melanee Clark
Director Laboratory Animal Resource Facility
Sanford Research - Brandon Whipple Brandon Whipple
Vivarium Manager
  • Assistance with experimental planning
  • Breeding Colony Management to include:
    • Setting up breeding pairs
    • Taking tissue samples for genotyping
    • DNA extraction utilizing the Maxwell 16
    • Identification – tattooing, tagging, ear notching, toe clipping
    • Weaning
    • Maintaining breeding records using Filemaker Pro Mouse Colony Manager
  • Custom Surgery/ Surgical Assistance
  • Tissue Collection
  • Perfusion
  • 1 Portable isoflurane/sevoflurane/desflurane anesthesia machine with ventilator
  • 6 isoflurane anesthesia machines
  • 2 infusion pumps
  • Electrocautery unit
  • Stryker Laparoscopy unit
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Large animal surgical suite
  • Livestock Housing Equipment
  • 2 Mobile CO2 euthanasia stations
  • 2 horizontal laminar flow hoods
  • Necropsy room - Necropsy downdraft table
  • 5 portable surgery tables
  • 5 portable surgery lights
  • Portable rodent surgical station
  • 3 dissecting scopes
  • 2 microscopes
  • Centrifuge
  • 2 incubators
  • Guillotine
  • Various restrainers
  • Rat bleeding board
  • FX1 Flexivent Lung Mechanics Assessment System
  • Behavioral Equipment
    • 2 Rotamex-5 Rotorods
    • Behavioral Video tracking software
    • Morris Water maze
    • Open field and Light/Dark Test
    • Barnes Maze
    • Elevated Plus
    • Tail Suspension Test
    • Force Plate Actimeter
    • Radial Arm Maze
    • Sociability Apparatus
  • Promega Maxwell 16 MDx nucleic acid DNA extractor
  • Class II, type A2 Biosafety Cabinet
  • Stereotaxic Apparatus – Mouse
  • Power Lab 16/35 Telemetry System
  • RS2000 Biological Irradiator
  • Metabolism Cages
  • Advia 1800 Blood Chemistry Analyzer
  • Vevo 2100 Small Animal Imager