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Animal Care and Use Program


Veterinary Services

Contacts, Services, and Training

  • Contact any OLAR Vet Tech for training, services, supplies, or equipment rental.  Email is the best contact method.
  • Vet Tech Services:
    • Animal IDs including tattooing (pups and adults) and ear tagging or punching
    • Injections – IP, IM, IV, SQ, IC, IO, etc.
    • Oral gavaging
    • Blood collection
    • Anesthesia
    • Surgeries
    • Necropsy and tissue collection
    • Many more upon request – if we don’t know a technique, we’ll learn it and then teach it or perform it!
  • Training:
    • All of the above manipulations and on any rentable equipment
    • Fees are applied if we train on your animals, but not if we use our training animals.
    • Free monthly training sessions include handling and restrain, injection and blood collection techniques, anesthesia, and euthanasia.
            • Contact the veterinary staff to sign up for an upcoming session 
  • Advance notice – One week notice is required.  If a shorter time frame is given, we will try to accommodate, but the appointment cannot be guaranteed.
  • Fees for services – Contact OLAR for current fees. Fees for time are billed in 15-minute increments.  Please include an active speed type in any email requesting services or supplies.

Equipment  and room sign out

  • What we have to lend
    • Scales and weigh boats
    • Clippers
    • Instruments
    • Germinators
    • Tattoo machine (if you’ve been trained)
  • To reserve a Anesthesia or Tattoo machine (if you’ve been trained) please go to
  • Clean equipment with Clidox before returning and please make sure all items that were present upon renting it are there when the item is returned.  Also, please let a technician know if the equipment is in need of repair.
  • Rooms in RC1 such as necropsy, the lab, the surgery suite, and the rabbit procedure room can be reserved for use.  Cleaning fees up to $50 will be applied if the rooms are not left in the condition in which they were found.
  • We generally have the most commonly used supplies on hand to sell.  Anything we don’t have we can order.  Please give us at least five business days to get the supplies.  We also will need an active speed type and protocol number before the supplies are ordered.


  • Health checks
    • Technicians perform health checks on all USDA animals and take care of the health of all rodents.
      • If cages on a special diet/water are found with no food/water, we will attempt to contact the lab, but if no contact is possible, the animals will be put on regular food or water.  We will email and leave a voice mail and mark the cage if this is done.
    • Sentinels
      • We have one cage of two sentinel mice per rack.
      • Dirty bedding from each cage on the rack is placed in the sentinel cages upon each changing (these cages should be very dirty!)
  • Surgery
    • The Center for Comparative Medicine has two surgical suites and can accommodate up to six large animal surgeries at one time.  Our skilled veterinary technician staff has experience with induction, anesthetic maintenance, recovery, and post-operative care of a wide variety of species including; dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, rats, mice, ground squirrels, and chinchillas.  Our knowledgeable staff can also train people to perform a variety of sterile surgical techniques and procedures

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