Animal Health Research Center

Improved health through technology and education

The Animal Health Research Center (AHRC) is a 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. One of the most technologically advanced biocontainment facilities in the United States, the AHRC is dedicated to studying a wide variety of infectious diseases affecting both animal and human health.

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You may conduct your project within one of the AHRC’s state-of-the-art laboratories or partner with one of our researchers who will oversee the completion of your study. All animals involved in your project will receive expert care provided by the CVM Animal Resources program, which is a part of the University of Georgia’s fully accredited program as designated by the Association of Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).

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).

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