Animal Care Facility

Meharry’s Animal Care Facility as been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1972 and operates in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act as Amended (7 USC, 2131-2156); Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-158); follows the Public Health Service policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (revised 2015); and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals revised 2011.  

Laboratory animal veterinarian and technical staff provide primary and veterinary care to all animals housed, as well as investigator training, technical assistance and guidance, and access to health status and laboratory services. Our goal is the maintenance of an enriched, variable-free, secure and humane environment for our animal subjects, as well as superb customer service for our research clients.


  • AAALAC Accredited 
  • USDA Registered Research Facility (Certificate 63-R-0002)
  • OLAW Animal Welfare Assurance (A3420-01)

Animal Care Facility Administration Team

Carlos Virgous, MLAS, DVM

Assistant Professor
School of Graduate Studies and Research

(615) 327-6070

Mohammad Shah Niaz

Animal Care Technician
Office for Research and Innovation

(615) 327-6070

Nihad Sakic

Animal Care Technician Sr.
Office of Research and Innovation

(615) 327-6070