The ARC is approximately 125,000 sq ft of animal housing and procedural space in six facilities. There are facilities designed to accommodate both large and small animal species.
The three main rodent barriers use individually ventilated caging with newest technology for rodent health monitoring, exhaust air dust testing, and house approximately 21,000 mouse cages at any given time.The Gnotobiotic Research Animal Facility is now one of the largest and most successful academic gnotobiotic mouse facilities internationally. There are also specialized areas for research involving surgical, behavioral and biohazardous (ABSL 2) studies and an off campus location for ABSL3 studies.
The Carlson Large Animal Facility maintains USDA covered species, including swine cardiovascular models and nonhuman primate neurological models. Additionally the facility has multiple imaging capabilities, such as MRI, CT, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound. The veterinary staff is highly involved in all surgical procedures.
Species in the program include: mice, rat, dog, swine, rabbit, zebrafish, macaque, marmoset, guinea pig, ferret, hamster, sheep, xenopus, lizard, bird, opossum, and axolotl.