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. Designed to specifically 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.

You can submit online requests for Anatomic Pathology Service, CCMS Service Requisition, Clinical Pathology Service, Import/Export Animal Shipping Form, and CCMS Vivarium Access Form using these forms:

If there is a form for a service that you would like to have added, please let us know by emailing the contacts for the respective areas.

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