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RRRC at Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24)
 February 20, 2024
Stop by Booth 626 in the Exhibitor Hall at the Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24) in National Harbor/Washington DC Metro Area on March 6-10, 2024 to discuss how the RRRC can help facilitate your research.

GRCr8: A new rat reference assembly is now available.
 February 05, 2024
GRCr8 (GenBank NCBI # GCA_036323735.1) is the latest version of the rat reference genome assembly. See the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) blog for more details.
Happy World Rat Day!
 April 04, 2023
April 4, 2023 is World Rat Day!  The RRRC would like to acknowledge the important contributions to science and medicine made possible by the use of rats in biomedical research.
Exciting Job Opportunities
 April 03, 2023
The RRRC is looking to expand its team!  We have positions available in colony management, data curation, cryobiology, reproductive biology, and customer service.  We are also looking for individuals interested in post-doctoral training with both a service and research emphasis.  Interested in learning more?  Contact Dr. Elizabeth Bryda at

NIH Extrinsic Factors Workshop
 August 09, 2022

Enhance Rigor and Reproducibility in Animal Research by Managing Extrinsic Factors

When: September 23, 28, and 30, 2022

Venue: Zoom


The workshop will be a forum to discuss the current status of and needs for understanding extrinsic environmental factors; their potential impact on animal research outcomes; and how facilities may optimally manage, monitor, and report these extrinsic factors in an effort to enhance reproducibility and rigor in animal research. The focus of this workshop will be on identifying gaps, opportunities, and new approaches in husbandry of commonly and widely used animal models; relevant environmental factors and conditions; and the need for novel instruments, equipment, and infrastructure for animal research core facilities (e.g., modern design of research core facilities, high-throughput equipment, telemetry for behavioral research).

Shipping Policy
Shipping Policy

The shipping company (courier) is selected by the receiving institution.  Upon transfer from the RRRC, animals become the responsibility of the shipper and any issues that arise during the shipping process are between the receiving institution and their chosen courier.  Should shipping delays occur, it is the responsibility of the receiving institution to work with the courier to ensure successful shipment.  The RRRC cannot be held responsible for loss of animals or health problems that occur once custody of the animals is assumed by the shipper.

If delays occur in shipping, the RRRC can work with the client and shipper to assist in determining an optimal solution.  This may include, but is not limited to, having the shipper identify a local source to maintain animals in a temperature controlled environment, checking animal health and supplementing food and water.  In cases where extended delay is inevitable, euthanasia may be required.  In these situations, the RRRC will determine accessibility of replacement animals, but additional costs to the client (or shipper) will be incurred.  Return of animals to the RRRC is not a viable option.

List of Courier Services