The Animal Resource Center (ARC) is the centralized animal care unit at UCSB, complies with all federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines for laboratory animal care, and is fully accredited by AAALACi. The combined square footage of the two ARC animal facilities is approximately 22,000 square feet. The newest facility is a mouse-only barrier facility, and the older facility is a conventional multi-species facility. In addition to the animal holding and animal support area (e.g., cage washing), these facilities contain dedicated and shared animal surgical areas, necropsy rooms, and animal procedure rooms.
The veterinary care program at UCSB is overseen by a full-time Attending Veterinarian. Trained animal technicians or research staff monitor the health of the animal colony daily, including weekends and holidays. A veterinarian is available (on-call) after-hours, weekends, and holidays for emergency care. The contact information for the veterinarian is posted in the vivarium and is listed below. Any animal showing symptoms of disease, pain, or distress, either spontaneously or after an experimental procedure, should be promptly reported to the veterinarian. The veterinarian notes initial observations, health evaluations, diagnosis, and recommends a treatment or resolution plan. The PI or a member of the research team is notified (by phone or email) to ensure that the proposed treatment plan does not interfere with the experimental treatments/manipulations and must respond to the veterinarian’s treatment request within 24 hours to ensure timely resolution of clinical problems. In most cases treatment is initiated right away. In cases of emergency, or when there is severe pain, distress, or an illness not addressed specifically in the approved protocol, then the PI understands and agrees to allow the veterinarian or designee to provide emergency veterinary care (or euthanasia) without their explicit consent. This agreement is affirmed by the PI as one of the conditions of their animal protocol approval.