Animal Facility

The MBL Laboratory Animal Facility is USDA registered, and the MBL has an approved animal welfare assurance (A3070-01) from the Office for the Protection of Research Risks. The constitution of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is in accordance with USPHS policy. The MBL IACUC conducts its reviews in accordance with USPHS regulations and applicable federal and local laws. All proposed use of vertebrate animals for research or instruction must be approved in advance by the MBL IACUC.

The animal facility can accommodate mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other rodents. Other animals may be accommodated by special arrangement. IACUC approval is needed before animals can be housed in the facility or at the MBL. Animal ordering and care are provided by two full-time technicians. Medical services are provided by a resident veterinarian. For protocol forms and information, access the IACUC page on the MBL website or write to the Office of Research Space, Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA, 02543-1015.

For further information contact:
Amy Hancock, VMD, MBL Veterinarian: (508) 289-7522 | E-mail:
Daniel Johnson, Animal Care Coordinator at: (508) 289-7288 | E-mail: