The SKCC has a centralized animal care and use facility, which houses laboratory animals and includes two biosafety suites and an operating suite. The facility, centrally located within the SKCC campus, is managed by both TJU and SKCC. SKCC manages the needs for its members through the Laboratory Animal Shared Resource (LASR), which was founded in 1991 and has been CCSG funded since 1996. The principle goal of the LASR is to provide services to SKCC members for enhanced research capabilities and maintenance of animal models of cancer and disease. The LASR provides SKCC members access to additional services including cryopreservation of mouse germplasm, allowing the preservation of mouse models for security. The benefits of cryopreservation also include easy dissemination and acquisition of mouse models. The LASR has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) since 1977, had a USDA site visit in May 2015, and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Assurance Statement was renewed in 2016. TJU is committed to expanding the understanding of human beings, their environment, health, and diseases through research. With this commitment comes a responsibility for the highest standards of humane care for the animals utilized by scientists in pursuit of medical advances.
The LASR is codirected by Linda Siracusa, PhD, who has led the LASR since 2011, and TJU Veterinarian, Judith Daviau, DVM, DACLAM.
The Laboratory Animal Shared Resource is centrally located in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building and Jefferson Alumni Hall and is accessible for experienced, trained investigators 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the iLab scheduling system.