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Veterinary Medicine

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DVR provides veterinary medicine support to include clinical, surgical, and technical support to NIH researchers.  DVR also includes a pharmacy for veterinarians and investigators and provides support for animal imports, exports, isolation, quarantine, as well as behavior, social management and enrichment services.  ​

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Veterinary Medicine Areas
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Veterinary Care

​The DVR veterinary staff is committed to maintaining high quality research animals and provides care for all species maintained in DVR facilities including preventive care and health surveillance.​

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Critical Care

DVR provides critical care for pre- and post-operative surgical cases and spontaneously ill animals and consults with investigators on anesthetic and post-procedural monitoring during protocol design.​

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Animal Imports and Exports

Animals can be transferred from one NIH facility to another, imported from outside sources to NIH, or exported from NIH.

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​During quarantine animals receive health evaluations before they are cleared for conventional holding and released to investigators. The quarantine period varies depending on species.

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Surgery and Radiology
DVR veterinary and technical staff is available to perform or assist NIH investigators with their surgical and radiographic needs as well as to provide consultation in the design of research protocols.
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​​​DVR monitors lab animal feed and bedding purchased for use at NIH. The DVR laboratory animal nutritionist conducts a lab animal feed and bedding quality assurance program, formulates standard diets and special diets

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The DVR pharmacy acquires and safeguards controlled substances for non-human use for clinical and research purposes.

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Behavior, Social Management, & Enrichment

​DVR animal behaviorists provide expertise and consultation to NIH investigators and veterinarians. ​