Director: Mark A. Suckow, D.V.M.

This center maintains, under tightly controlled conditions, the laboratory animals critical to the University of Notre Dame's research projects in the life sciences. The facility, which serves the teaching and research activities of over 40 faculty, provides a model environment for the support of laboratory animals.

The Freimann Life Sciences Center (FLSC) is home to virtually all laboratory animals supporting Notre Dame teaching and research. Since the founding of this center in 1983 it has been the University's goal to maintain a first rate facility. Environmental Enrichment has been a priority for the FLSC Staff.  By providing hiding areas and toys to the living space of many animals their lives have been enriched. All reviews of the physical environment, staff, management and procedures indicate this goal has been reached.

The FLSC was originally designed to meet the needs of the biology faculty with major research interests in parasitology and vector biology. Today, FLSC serves over 40 faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Indiana University School of Medicine -South Bend. The center contains a wide variety of vertebrates, primarily rats and mice but also hamsters, gerbils, fish (including a large zebrafish population), rabbits and frogs.  FLSC has the capabilities to house a variety of laboratory animals such as mini pigs, guinea pigs, dogs and cats, as well as a variety of wild animals.  A transgenic mouse colony housing over 90 different strains is maintained at FLSC. The National Cancer Institute's approved model for prostate cancer, the LOBUND-Wistar rat, was developed at Notre Dame and continues to be maintained in the Freimann Center. The center carries out over 200 protocols annually.

The USDA regulates the Freimann Life Science Center under the Animal Welfare Act, performing on-site inspections at least once per year, as it does for all such facilities. Internally, FLSC falls under the authority of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), consisting of university faculty, the Center's attending veterinarian and Director, Associate Director, Technical Services and Training Coordinator and other experts not primarily associated with the University. Each protocol performed in the FLSC must be judged by the IACUC to be scientifically significant and carried out with the well being of the animals in mind. The FLSC is also fully accredited by AAALAC International (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care). Accreditation by AAALAC is on a voluntary basis and ensures an animal care facility it is operating well above the legal minimum. The most recent AAALAC inspection commended the FLSC management and staff "... for providing and maintaining an exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use."

Continuing education is a requirement for the animal care staff at FLSC. Presently, six members have reached the top certification levels in their field: Laboratory Animal Technologist.  In addition four of these are Registered Veterinary Technicians. The facility has currently seven Registered Veterinary Technicians on staff who enhance our level of animal care. The Associate Director is one of only a handful to have achieved the designation of Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) through the AALAS certification program.  The remaining staff members are in the process of gaining certification at various levels from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. All staff take part in the AALAS Registry, a voluntary program that requires continuing education to maintain Registry membership.  This is indicated with the designation Registered (R) in front of the AALAS Certification level.

Freimann Life Science Center can be contacted at :
e-mail: ndflsc.ndflsc.1@nd.edu
phone:  574-631-6085
FAX : 574-631-4519
Last Updated 1/31/13

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