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Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center (ARC) is the primary animal care unit at UCSB, complies with all federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines for laboratory animal care, and is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.  The combined square footage of the two ARC animal facilities is approximately 12,000 ft2 within secure perimeters. Both are conventional single corridor animal facilities with adequately wide hallways and sanitizable construction, designed and built in the early 1960s, and housing primarily rodent species (i.e. rats and mice).  In addition to the animal husbandry facilities (animal holding and cage washing areas), the ARC contains dedicated animal surgical suites for rabbits or rodents, which are equipped with a ceiling mounted surgical light, downdraft tables or stainless steel surgical table, a boom-mounted surgical microscope, gas anesthesia machines, and anesthetic monitoring equipment (e.g. pulse oximeter).  The ARC facilities also contain a small diagnostic laboratory, a necropsy room, and a small pharmacy, all of which are available to the Principal Investigator.

The Animal Resource Center (ARC) is the primary animal care unit at UCSB, complies with all federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines for laboratory animal care, and is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.  The combined square footage of the two ARC animal facilities is approximately 12,000 ft2 within secure perimeters. Both are conventional single corridor animal facilities with adequately wide hallways and sanitizable construction, designed and built in the early 1960s, and housing primarily rodent species (i.e. rats and mice).  In addition to the animal husbandry facilities (animal holding and cage washing areas), the ARC contains a dedicated animal surgical suites for rabbits or rodents, which are equipped with a ceiling mounted surgical light, downdraft tables or stainless steel surgical table, a boom-mounted surgical microscope, gas anesthesia machines, and anesthetic monitoring equipment (e.g. pulse oximeter).  The ARC facilities also contain a small diagnostic laboratory, a necropsy room, and a small pharmacy, all of which are available to the Principal Investigator.

Contact Information

Contact Person

During Business Hours

After Hours or Emergency

Director, Campus Vet:
Manuel A. Garcia, DVM, PhD
805-893-7344 / manuel.garcia@ucsb.edu 805-451-5931
ARC Manager 805-893-3986 805-452-7716
ARC Office 805-893-2333

ARC Services

The ARC staff provides many essential services to the UCSB research community, including:

  1. Husbandry and care for animals housed in ARC animal facilities are provided at the following recharge rates.
  2. Expert veterinary care for all research animals housed in the ARC and campus satellite animal facilities. Please submit a clinical call form to report any sick animal(s). Reportable clinical signs may include, but are not limited to, bleeding, open wounds, difficulty breathing, inability to ambulate or difficulty moving, unusual postures at rest, and abnormal neurological signs (head tilt, circling, ataxia).
  3. Animal procurement from pre-approved laboratory animal vendors, and animal transportation between on-campus animal facilities, and between UCSB and other PHS-assured and, if applicable, USDA-registered research institutions. Please use this form to request and document all animal purchase, collection (i.e. wild animals), and transportation.
  4. Technical services including, animal dosing and sample collections, and euthanasia.
  5. Training programs for ARC staff and research personnel.
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