Animal Care Facility


Dr. Ibrahim O. Farah
Faculty Manager
Ph. (601) 979-3466 ibrahim.o.farah@jsums.edu

Mr. Robert Brown
Lab Technician
Ph: (601) 979-
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Facility Overview
The Animal Care Facility (ACF) is one of the essential units of support and service to the biomedical research at Jackson State University. Its long term goal is to develop a state-of-the-art infrastructure as well as to provide technical and logistic support to RCMI investigators and other JSU faculty and students to conduct a high quality of animal research, in compliance with the guidelines and policies set for by accrediting and regulatory agencies, especially as they relate to IACUC protocol development, animal husbandry, food and water supply, veterinary care, quarantine and euthanasia, sanitation procedures, environmental monitoring, and record keeping. ACF provides accommodation for long-term storage of animals and maintains them in accordance with and in compliance with the PHS Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act, as described in the 2002 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Specific Aims
The specific aims of the Animal Care Facility are:

  • To improve the quality of rodent research (Mice and Rats) / animal research for JSU researchers by integrating recourses to develop the animal care facility into state of the art grade in order to accommodate the current and future needs for biomedical, biological, neurological and environmental health research.  by offering equipment access, expert advice, demonstration of techniques, operation of equipment, participation in discussion and data interpretation, and hands-on-training in molecular biology and cell culture;
  • To enable JSU to ensure and continue to be in compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 2002, the PHS Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act.
  • To improve management, veterinary care, diagnosis, surgery and necropsy services, and provide a quality assurance and laboratory testing programs for microbiological monitoring and susceptibility testing to meet the current standards for safety, quality and efficiency.
  • To instate and enforce a rigorous training program in the care and use, protocol implementation, compliance with the Guide, and occupational health through workshops and formal training for researchers and all unit staff.

Resources and Environment
The ACF is located in the John A. Peoples (JAP) Building. The current resources in facility include:

  • Large-scale cage washer
  • Large size -20 C freezer
  • Humidity and temperature control equipment
  • Various regular racks and cages for rats and mice
  • Special metabolic cages
  • A ventilation system
  • Food and water dispensers
  • Food and bedding storage and a general storage area