About the Center

The Center for Comparative Medicine and Surgery (CCMS) has four primary sites of operation, with the central administration located in the Annenberg Research Building, 26th Floor. The other major housing areas are the Icahn Medical Institute, the Hess Center for Science and Medicine, and the Atran Research building.

Annenberg Building

This building houses the largest variety of species, as well as administrative offices, large animal surgical support (one operating room and two catheterization labs), and a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

Icahn Building

The state-of-the-art rodent barrier facility offers fully automated rodent housing (ventilated caging and automatic watering), necropsy suite, and Animal Biosafety Laboratory (ABSL2/3) capability. Also located within this vivarium are the Mouse Genetics CORE, Metabolic Monitoring facility, and Gnotobiotic Rodent Facility.

Atran Building

This small facility provides overflow support for the Annenberg and the Icahn Medical Institute, respectively. Animals housed in this area reflect the general health profiles of the major support areas.

Hess Center for Science and Medicine

This vivarium is the newest and largest vivarium on campus, specifically designed to support imaging, neuroscience behavioral studies, and cancer research. The vivarium is adjacent to the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute’s small animal imaging suites and has large animal imaging capability. Fully automated, robotics, cage wash support, and state-of-the-art environmental monitoring systems are additional key features of this facility.

Our faculty consists of four-full time veterinarians. The husbandry operation is managed by an operations manager and two full time supervisors. All are certified at the Laboratory Animal Technologist level by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). We have an ongoing in-house training and post-approval compliance program in place, conducted by a full time training/compliance coordinator. We also support a weekly AALAS certification training program for all husbandry and research personnel interested in certification.

To purchase animals online purchase of animals, use our Animal Orders Interface (accessible through through Sinai Centrallogin is required). Contact the Center at 212-241-3008 with any questions.

CCMS References

Mount Sinai References

Research and Veterinary References

External Organization Links

Trusted Colleagues:
We are preparing for our upcoming site visit by the AAALACi (formerly known as Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International). AAALACi is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. More than 900 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 37 countries have earned AAALACi accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use. While participation in the AAALACi program is voluntary, accreditation is considered the "Gold Standard" of animal care and use. Most funding agencies (NIH, NSF, etc.) consider accreditation status as a factor in funding decisions. Our institution has a longstanding history of continued full accreditation with AAALACi since 1962.

The site visit dates for the re-accreditation of the Program for Animal Care and Use will be mid-March to early April (schedule pending). Two site visitors from AAALACi will be here to conduct the review. Their purpose is to evaluate all aspects of the animal care and use program (Occupational Health and Safety, Biohazards Use, Security, Engineering, and Institutional support). The site visitors may request to tour any areas on campus where animal research is conducted, including representative laboratories. We will not know which labs the site visitors will want to visit until they arrive and review IACUC protocols. However, we will call ahead to make sure someone is there if your lab is selected for a visit. We ask that you have key personnel (those who use animals directly) available to answer any questions that may arise over these three days. Please review any IACUC requirements for your approved protocols (weight monitoring, body condition scoring, food/fluid regulation, postoperative analgesia, etc.) so that you have records available and are ready to discuss how you comply with these requirements. 

If anyone has specific questions about the site visit please do not hesitate to contact any member of the CCMS veterinary/ husbandry management team directly. We want to thank you all in advance for your cooperation as we look forward to this thorough review of our program.

CCMS Management