University Veterinarian Jori Leszczynski, DVM, DACLAM, director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR), has been awarded a $500,000 Research Facility Improvement Grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The G20 grant will fund improvements to the CU Anschutz vivarium cage washing facilities by providing increased capacity and efficiency. It will cover the costs to replace two different cage washing units that both have a lot of down time and expensive repairs required to keep them running.
Also, inspectors from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) recently visited the CU Anschutz animal facilities. Such visits are not announced in advance.
The USDA site visit included a thorough inspection of our animal program, including areas in both Research 1 and 2, the Perinatal Research Facility, Denver Health Medical Center, and the Office of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
The inspectors reported no concerns regarding compliance.