Animal Research And Service Centre (ARASC) is a centre which operates to provide support services for laboratory animal based research, teaching and testing, where it emphasizes on the welfare of laboratory animals used as models in biomedical research in its current standards. At present, the animal central management system is carried out conventionally. ARASC is divided into three divisions which are administration, breeding and supply and laboratory facilities. The administrative division's role is to plan and purchase required items need by the centre to ensure the organization is running smoothly. The breeding and supply division on the other hand breeds and supply laboratory animals (mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and rabbits) for the purpose of research teaching and testing. Other large animal such as sheep and monkeys are supplied from identified sources. It also monitors animal's health on regular basis to ensure that animals which are bred and supplied are healthy and fulfil customer's requirements. Meanwhile the laboratory divisions serves to provide placement of animals in its research room, room for sampling and other procedures and activities including animal surgery activities.

Animal Research And Service Centre (ARASC) have been making plans under the 9th and 10th Malaysian Plan to ensure that both Main Campus and Health Campus animal facilities and equipment received a specific pathogen -free (SPF) status. In order to maintain the SPF status, it is important that all level of management and research understand how critical the facilities are in terms of the construction, instrument and equipment preparation, systematic management and safety system implementation. Support and commitment from various parties will ensure that these facilities can be used successfully to initiate the activities of research and teaching at the university.

USM Animal Research And Service Centre (ARASC) is committed in maintaining and optimizing the laboratory animals management in accordance with the standards while complying with national laws (Animal Ordinance 1953 revised 2006, Animal Act 1075, Wild Animal Act 1972), institutional guidelines (Guideline for the Care and Used of Animals for Scientific Purposes, USM) and international policies (Public Health Service Policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animal & Guidelines for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animal).

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