The Freimann Life Sciences Center (FLSC) is home to virtually all laboratory animals supporting Notre Dame teaching and research. Since the founding of this center in 1983 it has been the University's goal to maintain an exemplary facility.
The FLSC was originally designed to meet the needs of the biology faculty with major research interests in parasitology and vector biology. Today, FLSC serves faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Indiana University School of Medicine -South Bend. The center contains a wide variety of vertebrates, primarily rodents but also fish (including a large zebrafish population), rabbits and frogs. FLSC has the capabilities to house a variety of laboratory animals such as mini pigs, guinea pigs, birds, dogs and cats, as well as a variety of wild animals. A transgenic mouse colony housing over 100 different strains is maintained between the RCH satellite facility and the FLSC main facility. The National Cancer Institute's approved model for prostate cancer, the LOBUND-Wistar rat, was developed at Notre Dame and continues to be maintained at FLSC.
Freimann Life Science Center is inspected by the USDA and adheres to the Animal Welfare Act and the requirements outlined in The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. In addition FLSC is fully accredited by AAALAC International (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care). Accreditation by AAALAC is on a voluntary basis and ensures an animal care facility it is operating well above the legal minimum. Accreditation site visits occur triennially. The most recent AAALAC inspection commended the FLSC management and staff "... for providing and maintaining an exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use."
FLSC is staffed with highly qualified personnel. All staff participate in continuing education and are either currently certified through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science or in the process of certification. Additionally there are six Registered Veterinary Technicians on staff working under the Attending Veterinarian to enhance our level of animal care.