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In Vivo Research Services (IVRS) Core


The mission of the Research Services is to provide centralized high quality, cost-effective research services to both academic and industry clients.  Rutgers has a wealth of experience, capabilities and models that are routinely used to answer critical in vivo research questions. We provide a comprehensive program of animal care including consultation, experimental design, protocol preparation, a duly constituted animal care and use committee, occupational health and laboratory safety, BSL3 in vivo biohazard research, and full-time veterinary care.  Rutgers offers competitive fee-for-service pricing, confidentiality, accuracy, and rapid service. Our team is dedicated to humane animal research.

Animal Care and Facilities

Rutgers possesses state of the art barrier animal facilities with the highest standards of animal husbandry and pathogen exclusion.  Animal research projects are supported by an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC).  Rutgers animal facilities are USDA-registered and accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Animal Care International (AAALACi).  Rutgers has an Animal Welfare Assurance with the US Public Health Service (PHS), a requirement for conducting any PHS/NIH-funded animal work.​

For research and corporate contracts please contact IVRS office at:  848.445.7333 or email:

In vivo services 

  • Pharmacokinetic and ADME (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Excretion) studies in rodents, rabbits and larger species including farm animals
  • Feasibility studies
  • Surgical model
  • Genome editing and mutant rodent development
  • Xenograft models and chemotherapeutic studies
  • Bacterial disease and endotoxin shock models, antimicrobial drug screening
  • Vaccine efficacy, safety and challenge studies
  • Animal housing and laboratory animal care services
  • Chemical synthesis and characterization


  • Experimental design
  • Animal model selection
  • Federal grants (SBIR/STTR)
  • FDA pre-IND application
  • Faculty expertise in cutting edge in vivo research are readily available for consultation
  • On Site training workshops


  • Heska Element HT5 hemotology analyzer
  • CODA noninvasive blood pressure monitor
  • Physio Suite peri-op monitoring system
  • High throughput inhalation anesthetic machines

Core Collaborators

  • Genome Editing Shared Resources
  • Molecular Design & Synthesis
  • Research Pathology Services
  • Molecular Imaging Center
  • 130Cs irradiator for cells and animal use

Rutgers core facilities and services

Rutgers Research Facilities, Equipment and Services Guide

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Core Facilities

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Core Facilities