The UAB Animal Resources Program (ARP) encompasses 140,000 ft2 of animal housing, procedure and support space in 17 different buildings on campus with an additional 104,000 ft2 under construction.  Construction is almost complete on the Southeastern Regional Biocontainment Laboratory that will provide additional Biosaftey Level 3 research space (41,000 ft2) for UAB and regional investigators investigating emerging diseases.  The UAB-ARP average daily animal census of 82,000 animals is composed of a wide diversity of species including mice, rats, and nonhuman primates.  All animal facilities at UAB are fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.  UAB complies with the NIH policy on animal welfare, the Animal Welfare Act and all other applicable federal, state and local laws.  Seventy-five technicians and supervisors provide husbandry care.  Four veterinarians and four animal health technicians provide veterinary medical care (24hrs/day, 7 days/week).  The Director and Associate Director are board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.  The Comparative Pathology Laboratory staffed with two board-certified veterinary pathologists provides diagnostic and research services for the UAB ARP and investigators using animals.

Transgenic Animal Resource - The Transgenic Animal/Embryonic Stem Cell (TA/ESC) Resource provides a centralized barrier facility in which genetically engineered transgenic animal models are produced for UAB investigators.  The TA/ESC Resource has produced over 4,000 founder transgenic mice (including ES cell chimeras) since 1991.  Additional services include cryopreservation of mouse embryos, rederivation of pathogen-free rodents, and assisted reproduction techniques (e.g., in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer).