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Animal Care Services Per Diem Rates

Animal Care Services is obligated to recover the unsubsidized costs associated with the procurement, care and support of animals used in research or teaching at Texas Tech University. Investigators are billed on a monthly basis for those expenses. Bills are distributed to investigators following the month these charges were incurred. These per diem rates were determined using detailed cost accounting and a survey of the per diem rates charged by many other universities.
All charges are per animal except for rodents which have a per cage charge. The number of animals housed per cage must conform to the standards established in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals or the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Teaching and Research. Animals housed together must be compatible.
Per diem charges include: Daily observation of every animal, one or two feedings/ waterings per day of a standard ration, routine veterinary care, and appropriate husbandry and sanitation of cages or pens according to TTU SOPs and applicable guidelines. Animals must be purchased by ACS and are charged at cost plus a minimal administrative service charge.

Special Animal Health Needs: Requests for animal health services will be taken and a cost estimate will be provided prior to the start of the work. Costs will include supplies, mileage, technician and veterinary time.


*New rates in affect as of 9/1/2014




Mice (Up to 5 per cage)


Per cage/day

 BSL II Mice


Per cage/day 

Rats (Up to 3 per cage)


Per cage/day

 BSL II Rats


 Per cage/day

Voles (Up to 5 per cage)


Per cage/day



Per animal/day

 BSL II Pigs


 Per animal/day

Frogs/ Amphibians


Per animal/day



Per animal/day 



Per animal/day



Per animal/day 



Per animal/day



Per animal/day

Feeder Rats



Feeder Mice



 BSL I Dedicated Room/Rack Fee



 BSL II Dedicated Room/Rack Fee












Health Certificate



Small Laceration



Moderate Laceration



Large Laceration






Trich Test



*All rates now include PPE and sentinel program for rodents.

**If investigators are willing and able to share IVC racks with other investigators, there will not be a dedicated room charge, only per diem. If an investigator requests a dedicatied room, then a room charge plus der diem will be charged.


Experimental Sciences (BSLII) Rates

The ESB-AF facility is operated by Animal Care Services (ACS).   ACS resides in the Vice President for Research’s Administrative Unit.  The ESB-AF is operated as a conventional laboratory animal facility, or as an animal Biosafety Level (BSL) 2, or 3 facility.   Each increasing increment of Biosafety requires additional safeguards and costs.

By laboratory animals we mean any vertebrate used in teaching or research.  This includes rodents, and any small or medium-sized animal that the facility can accommodate safely. Non-animal research that involves Biosafety containment will be considered if the space is available.

Any animal research conducted in the ESB-AF must first be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and by the Director of Animal Care Services.  Additional approvals may be required as appropriate for the type of space use anticipated.

Priority for animal research in the ESB-AF is, in the following order:

        BSL-2 or BSL-3 animal use

        Conventional laboratory animals

        Non-animal research requiring Biocontainment

Until space pressures require otherwise,  animal space will be rented by the room (not the cage or animal).  In general, a given pathogen will be used in only one room or space. Within the room rental, charges may be made for specialized housing or specialized care.

Investigators may use the laboratory spaces as non-dedicated spaces at no charge.  Investigators must decontaminate each work space after each use.  If investigators require specialized equipment or a dedicated laboratory non-animal space, then a negotiated charge for that space will apply.