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IRP Core: Comparative Medicine Section

Kathy A. Perdue, D.V.M., DACLAM, Chief

The Comparative Medicine Section (CMS) caters to the NIA/IRP investigator’s laboratory animal experimentation needs. The CMS, along with the Institute’s Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC), ensures the humane care and use of laboratory animals. This includes high standards in animal husbandry, technical procedures, regulatory compliance and training. The NIA/IRP animal program has been AAALAC-accredited since 1977 and features over 30,000 square feet of housing and procedure space in two locations. The CMS staff strives to be true scientific partners and to assist investigators in all phases of research.

By working as a team with the research community, the CMS is able to provide consistent, reliable care and support to the NIA/IRP animal research program.