Our Mission: Improved Health Through Technology and Education
The Animal Health Research Center (AHRC) is a safe, secure, state-of-the-art facility that enables scientists to study infectious microorganisms, parasites and toxins in an environment that is safe for researchers, animals and the public. The AHRC is one of the most technologically advanced biocontainment facilities located on a university campus in the United States that is dedicated to studying a wide variety of infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.
The University of Georgia is fully committed to safe and secure science. UGA has a current certificate of registration from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in accordance with 42 CFR part 73, 9 CFR part 121 and 7 CFR part 331 that includes Tier 1 agents. All AHRC containment facilities, operations and staff are expected to meet or exceed all the requirements set forth by the CDC, APHIS and the National Institutes of Health, and will continue to meet or exceed recommendations found in the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL).
For more information about our research programs, conferences and other information, please visit the Department of Infectious Diseases website.
All animal care is provided by the University of Georgia’s Animal Resources Program, a fully accredited program as designated by the Association of Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). UGA Animal Resources is based at the College of Veterinary Medicine.