Although genetically engineered mice (GEM) are available from commercial vendors, including Jackson Laboratory, Charles River, and ENVIGO, many U-M investigators require additional assistance to maintain their breeding colonies on campus.
The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) Breeding Colony provides administrative, technical, and husbandry services to investigators who do not have the time, facilities, or resources to manage their own breeding colony.
The Breeding Colony currently supports 70 investigators and manages over 350 various strains of genetically engineered and severe combined immuno deficient (SCID) mice. Users must have an approved animal use protocol from the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) prior to utilizing Breeding Colony services.
Information on other types of animal housing, including containment housing and the ULAM Immunodeficient Mouse Facility, can be found on the Animal Husbandry & Housing page.
Typical services offered by the Breeding Colony include:
- Setting up breeding consorts
- Maintaining breeding records
- Weaning litters
- Animal identification
- Tissue collection (genotyping purposes)
- Scheduling timed pregnancy/checking copulation plug
Breeding Colony Husbandry Per-Diem Rates
|Mice - Breeding Colony Vented||$ 1.91||01/01/2018|
|Mice - Breeding Colony||$ 2.03||01/01/2018|
Breeding Colony Husbandry Hourly Labor Rates
|Husbandry Technician Labor Rate/Hour||$ 38.88||11/01/2016|
|Husbandry Technician Labor Rate/Hour Overtime||$ 58.32||11/01/2016|
* Rates subject to change.