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McLean Hospital Animal Care Facility

Director: Morrissey, Dawn

Location: 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Summary:

The McLean Hospital Animal Care Facility provides services to the research community at McLean mainly by ensuring adequate animal housing, animal care services and research environments. It is dedicated to consistently providing high customer satisfaction by rendering excellent service, quality care and an atmosphere conducive to accomplishing quality research. Being located in a psychiatric hospital, there is a unique opportunity for collaboration between research and clinical.

McLean Hospital is located at 115 Mill Street, in Belmont, Massachusetts. Research is conducted in multiple areas across campus including in Core holding facilities, at imaging locations and in satellite facilities. Having holding locations across campus allows the necessary research equipment to be accessible without the need to transport animals all the time through the Hospital.

Seven full time Animal Care Technicians are employed throughout the animal facilities located on the Hospital campus. They come from varying backgrounds and it is their responsibility to maintain a quality environment for the animals and monitor their health and well-being.

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Instruments

  • Basil 3500 Cage/Bottle Washer ( Cage washer )

    * Simple touch controls
    * Full display cycle and diagnostics
    * Pre-programmed 10 cycle selection
    * Colour screen control interface
    * Event, time and temperature displayed
    * Modern connection for factory upgrades

  • MTP 2050 bottle filler ( Cage washer )

  • MTP rack washer 2100 ( Cage washer )

  • Multiple Ventilated Systems ( Biological safety cabinet )

    * 20 Ventilated rodent racks of various models. Different versions of Lab Products and some Thoren racks as well.
    * 5 Thoren Isolation Units available to hold various species for quarantine purposes. These units can also be used to conduct some behavioral experiments that may require more ventilation; such as those experiments working with gases.
    * Multiple Biological Safety Cabinets and Fume hoods provided for researcher use.

  • Scientek SW5500PT Cage Washer ( Cage washer )

    * The powerful and effective rotating spray washing arms, together with the versatile cycle programming, make this the winning washing combination.
    * Simple touch control user interface
    * Full display cycle status and diagnostics
    * Pre-programmed 10 cycle selection
    * Event, time and temperature displayed
    * Modern connection for factory upgrades

  • Scientek SW6300-SD-LH-STM-CUSTOM ( Cage washer )

    * Simple touch controls
    * Full display cycle and diagnostics
    * Pre-programmed 10 cycle selection
    * Colour screen control interface
    * Event, time and temperature displayed
    * Modern connection for factory upgrades

  • Scientek SW6300-SD-LP-RH-CUSTOM ( Cage washer )

    * Simple touch controls
    * Full display cycle and diagnostics
    * Pre-programmed 10 cycle selection
    * Colour screen control interface
    * Event, time and temperature displayed
    * Modern connection for factory upgrades

  • SR-24D-ADVPRO single door sterilizer and steam generator (2) ( Autoclave )

Services

  • Research support ( Support service )

    The Animal Care Facility offers ideal space to conduct procedures such as behavioral testing.

  • Veterinary Care ( Service )

    Tri-weekly rounds in the facility to provide care and also provides surgery support for the core users.

  • Virus Antibody Free facility ( Support service )

    The Animal Care Facility has strict procedures about animal importation and the quarantine process to allow non-approved vendor animals into the facility. This is supplemented with a thorough sentinel program to monitor the health of the colonies.


Last updated: 2017-09-28T15:28:33.455-05:00

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