The ACU provides a variety of services to advance the research and teaching missions of the University. From animal procurement to veterinary care, the ACU exists to serve the KU research community. Our integrated team of laboratory animal technicians, facility supervisors, veterinarians, and administrative professionals is available to help meet your research needs. Special services include Animal Use Statement consultation, model development, breeding colony management, anesthetic and surgical support, and necropsy services. We want to partner with you to accomplish your goals.
All acquisition and procurement of vertebrate animals, regardless of species or housing location, must be specifically approved in advance by the IACUC via an approved Animal Use Statement and the University Attending Veterinarian or designee. To facilitate approval and to maintain appropriate records, the online Animal Order Request Form must be completed and submitted. For deliveries from approved ACU commercial vendors, Animal Order Requests must be submitted by noon on Thursday for delivery the following week.
Housing facilities are available for common laboratory animals, including but not limited to rodents, rabbits, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Specialized facilities, including a breeding core, a modified rodent barrier and ABSL-2 housing are available. The ACU employs 8 full-time personnel involved in direct animal care. Experience among animal care personnel ranges from several months to ten years. ACU husbandry personnel are required to achieve certification through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Technician Certification Program. The AALAS Technician Certification Program sets professional standards for the advancement of laboratory animal science.
The ACU conducts regularly scheduled wet-labs to provide training in animal handling and experimental manipulation. Individualized training is available upon request. Contact the ACU Clinical Veterinarian at 785-864-8842 to learn about upcoming training opportunities or to schedule individual training.
ACU personnel are available to provide technical assistance on a fee-for-service basis. Service rates are listed below and are based on a 15 minute minimum charge. Examples of services include: animal identification, breeding colony management, anesthetic and surgical support, and sample collection, and euthanasia.
Dr. Cynthia Alvarado, DVM, MS, DACLAM serves as the University Attending Veterinarian. Dr. Alvarado is primarily responsible for providing preventative, clinical, and surgical care to campus animal resources. A rotating emergency duty schedule has been established to provide after hours, weekend, and holiday veterinary coverage.