The Animal Health and Welfare Core (AHWC) is responsible for receipt, certification, and husbandry of mice that are sent to Vanderbilt for the purpose of metabolic phenotyping. The AHWC is the interface between the Vanderbilt Division of Animal Care and the VMMPC. The responsibilites and services ofthis core are critical for the VMMPC to perform well-controlled experiments in non-stressed, healthy mice. The overall objective of the core is to facilitate the use of mice in diabetes, obesity and related research, ensure compliance and implement and maintain the health and colony numbers appropriate to the rate of center usage. Specifically the core is responsible for 1) receipt and documentation of incoming mice, 2) assignment and oversight of quarantine procedures, 3) provision of day-to-day husbandry, 4) provision of veterinary care and support, 5) performance of pathological assessments, and 6) implementation and maintenance of any specific dietary requirements.

Public Health Relevance

The quality of data obtained from mouse phenotyping is determined in large part by the health ofthe mouse. This core is critical to ensure mice are healthy so that our experiments are accurate and reproducible.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Type
Resource-Related Research Projects--Cooperative Agreements (U24)
Project #
5U24DK059637-13
Application #
8517670
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDK1-GRB-S)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2013-06-01
Budget End
2014-05-31
Support Year
13
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$17,898
Indirect Cost
$6,425
Name
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department
Type
DUNS #
004413456
City
Nashville
State
TN
Country
United States
Zip Code
37212
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