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McLean Hospital Animal Care Facility

Director: Morrissey, Dawn

Location: 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Core Summary:

The McLean Hospital Animal Care Facility provides services to the research community at McLean mainly by ensuring adequate animal housing, animal care services and research environments. It is dedicated to consistently providing high customer satisfaction by rendering excellent service, quality care and an atmosphere conducive to accomplishing quality research. Being located in a psychiatric hospital, there is a unique opportunity for collaboration between research and clinical.

McLean Hospital is located at 115 Mill Street, in Belmont, Massachusetts. Research is conducted in multiple areas across campus including in Core holding facilities, at imaging locations and in satellite facilities. Having holding locations across campus allows the necessary research equipment to be accessible without the need to transport animals all the time through the Hospital.

Seven full time Animal Care Technicians are employed throughout the animal facilities located on the Hospital campus. They come from varying backgrounds and it is their responsibility to maintain a quality environment for the animals and monitor their health and well-being.

  • McLean Hospital
Personnel/Contact Information:

Director: Morrissey, Dawn
Phone: (617) 855-3540

Member: Blanchfield, Erin
Role: Animal Facilities Operations Manager
Phone: (617) 855-3249

Member: General Inquiries
Phone: 617-855-3249

Facilities and Equipment:

Location of Core: 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Major Equipment:

  • Basil 3500 Cage/Bottle Washer
  • MTP 2050 bottle filler
  • MTP rack washer 2100
  • Multiple Ventilated Systems
  • Scientek SW5500PT Cage Washer
  • Scientek SW6300-SD-LH-STM-CUSTOM
  • Scientek SW6300-SD-LP-RH-CUSTOM
  • SR-24D-ADVPRO single door sterilizer and steam generator (2)
  • Research support

    The Animal Care Facility offers ideal space to conduct procedures such as behavioral testing.

  • Veterinary Care

    Tri-weekly rounds in the facility to provide care and also provides surgery support for the core users.

  • Virus Antibody Free facility

    The Animal Care Facility has strict procedures about animal importation and the quarantine process to allow non-approved vendor animals into the facility. This is supplemented with a thorough sentinel program to monitor the health of the colonies.

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