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 and frogs, 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 when appropriate.
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.
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.
The charge for a dedicated animal room is:
Rented on an annual basis: $6,000/year
Rented on a monthly basis: $750/month
The room charge includes routine care of conventional laboratory animals up to 12 cages of rodents (or an equivalent number of cages of other animals) at no additional charge. Each cage above 12 cages will be charged at the following rate:
BSL-2: 2 X the published per diem
BSL-3: 3 X the published per diem
Ventilated Rack Rental: $500/month
Other specialized caging charges will be negotiated near cost.