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Major survival surgery must be done utilizing aseptic techniques, including sterile surgical gloves, gowns, caps, and face masks; sterile instruments; and aseptic preparation of the surgical field. Major survival surgery on non-rodent species, including dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, primates, goats, sheep, etc. must be performed in a dedicated facility set aside for that purpose (Major survival surgery is defined as any surgical intervention that penetrates a body cavity or has the potential for producing a permanent handicap in an animal that is expected to recover).

In order to comply with aseptic requirements the Division of Comparative Medicine has available a suite of four operating rooms for major survival surgery as well as a dedicated recovery room. These rooms are located in the basement of Berryhill Hall. There is no charge for the use of any of the rooms; however, there is a charge for the use of supplies and for the veterinary technician staff time (including time in assisting in a procedure, cleaning up after a procedure, etc.). Facilities, outside of the Division of Comparative Medicine Experimental Surgery Lab, used for survival surgery must be approved by the IACUC.

Equipment Available


updated 6/2017