Heartland Vivarium is a newly remodeled turnkey facility located in the Midwest. We provide full-service care of your research animals, including state-of-the-art caging systems by Innovive, and access to procedure rooms, a surgery room, a cognitive and behavioral testing room, accessible WiFi, and a computer station. Our in-house ACUC committee, licensed veterinarians with over 50 years of combined experience, and certified animal care staff provide the vivarium services you require from basic housing and husbandry through conducting full studies.
Heartland Vivarium has expanded its facility to support experiments requiring germ-free (without bacteria, fungi, and exogenous viruses) and gnotobiotic (“known microbiota”) mice. Our BSL2 facility supports studies involving cancer models, basic phenotypic research of specific microorganisms as well as other experiments that depend on a tightly controlled microbiome. Our facility can accommodate a wide variety of rodents and study paradigms including models of cancer, pre-clinical testing of small molecules, vaccines, biologics and antibodies, or simply the maintenance or re-establishment of your colony.
- Innovive (IVC) disposable caging systems
- Animal transfer station
- Cognitive testing equipment (Morris water maze, elevated plus maze, open field, novel object chamber)
- Anesthesia machine
- Surgical tools & supplies
- Rocking incubator
- Animal scales
- Heat lamps
- Overhead video recording
*We can coordinate access to additional equipment as needed.
Humane Care Statement
Heartland Vivarium believes in the humane care of laboratory animals. We work hard every day to ensure that we provide excellent care and living conditions, use approved animal handling procedures, limit and reduce stress on the animal, and provide enrichment where possible, which we believe results in a higher quality animal model for your research.