FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST

The newest animal facility at Cinvestav. Design & Features

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  • Professor, Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program, Head of the Laboratory Animal , Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico
      Prof. Jorge Fernandez Hernandez began his activities in Laboratory Animal Science in the Gnotobiology Laboratory at CENPALAB, Cuba in 1984 where he played a key role in the development of scientific, technological design and construction of laboratory animal facilities and flexible isolator technology. In addition, he served as consultant for scientific and academic Animal Care and Use Programs. He has published 30 articles in various laboratory animal journals and has participated in numerous scientific events in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. He currently serves as Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program and is the Head of the Laboratory Animal Facility at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City. He has served as CINVESTAVs IACUC member of since 1996 and has developed administrative and developmental tools leading to improved IACUC controls and processes. Such processes have led to improved animal care and use of animals assigned to approve protocols. Control of use of animals, alternatives related to the 3r's, experimental procedures, biosecurity (ABSL) and occupational health and safety of individuals working with animals are some of the tools used in this program to support the work of CINVESTAVs IACUC. He has been a member of the Mexican Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science since 1996. He serves AAALAC International Ad Hoc Consultant Specialist since 2004 has participated in multiple site visits for evaluation and accreditation of Animal Care and Use Programs in several U.S. and Latin America scientific, and academic institutions, as well as exchange visits and familiarization with AAALAC program in multiple scientific institutions and universities in Latin American countries.


    The new animal facility is designed to breed and house rodents with the best quality of macro and micro environment and house the maximum possible number of rodents per sf2. This new facility has 20,000 ft2 in three levels use for breeding and housing different strains and stocks of rodents and aquatic species. The building is design to use 6,000 micro isolator cages in high-density ventilated racks located into soft wall clean rooms. This area also has a 1,100 sf2 to house rodents and aquatic species under experimental procedures in conventional hard wall rooms. The washing and sterilization area have a rack and cage washer and a tunnel washer, the sterilization area have two autoclaves, one medium size and other bulk autoclave. Also in the clean side, the animal watering system is design with two Hydropac systems. The HVAC with its redundancy system have an automatic control and registry of temperature, humidity, light (intensity and 12:12 light cycle) integrate software, a CCTV in all entrance levels, halls and corridors, an electronic access control (key card and biometric) in all entrance and rooms. The engineering system is located outside the facility with 2 boilers for steam and hot water, a soft water system, water storage of 66,000 gallons of capacity, a water supply pressure system, an emergency power plant to cover all building, an air compressor and a circuit for regulated and emergency power outlets for sensible electronics components. The building has fume detection system inside and a fire alarm system outside.

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