DVR has holding facilities for pigs, sheep, and other ungulate species at the NIH Animal Center in Poolesville and in Building 28 on the Bethesda campus.
Ungulates are housed in indoor/outdoor kennels, stalls, running loafing sheds with pasture access or approved caging for the species in accordance to The Guide and are usually pair or group housed with appropriate bedding and environmental enrichment. Special housing needs are available at the request of the investigator if protocol requires special housing needs.
DVR provides transportation of ungulates (swine and sheep) to and from the NIH Animal Center and Bethesda campuses at the request of investigators. Most large farm animals are housed at the NIHAC campus and research performed on the Bethesda campus to allow for pasture housing of the larger farm species such as horses or cattle.
DVR can purchase ungulates and laboratory farm animals for NIH scientist with approved animal study protocols. Animals are purchased from approved vendors of species according to protocol requirements and health clearance approval. Once purchased, the ungulates are delivered to the quarantine facilities at the NIH Animal Center. During quarantine the animals receive health evaluations before they are cleared for conventional holding and released to investigators. Quarantine period is usually two to four weeks.
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