Animal House

The Animal House is a resource center for students and faculty of various medical disciplines. It is here that B.Tech. and M.Tech. students receive an introduction to animal testing and observation, a vital part of live research. Here you will also learn the ethical treatment of animals.

Qualified veterinarians and technical personnel are always at hand to help carry out research and keep it in accordance with the standards established by the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA).

Animal care

The laboratory houses many species of animals including rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, frogs and sheep. Each laboratory animal requires special care. They are normally sensitive to their living conditions and living habits. The support staff ensure that every part of animal care including feeding, watering, restraining, cage cleaning, record keeping and ordering of animals, feeds, bedding materials and equipment from outside sources are monitored. The animals themselves are isolated from human habitation and guarded from dust, smoke, noise, wild rodents, insects and birds-in fact anything that would disturb their habitat. The housing environment and climate is moderated as well to ensure that artificial variables do not interfere. Veterinary clinical services and care are given to all animals housed at the department.

Veterinary care

Veterinary care is crucial to keep the animals content and healthy. The veterinarian keeps them under daily observation and monitors any behavioral changes or signs of illness. He supervises their diet and sanitation and contributes to the formulation of appropriate policies and procedures for ancillary aspects of veterinary care. He also periodically reviews protocols and proposals, animal husbandry and animal welfare, and monitors occupational health hazards containment and Zoonoses control programs.

Animal ethics

Where testing on animals is concerned, every student and faculty member follows strict guidelines laid down for the animal's safety. The Animal House was established keeping in mind the requirements of the Medical Council of India (MCI) norms. The Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) was established in SRM Medical College, as per the rules of expansion. It comprises members from within as well as outside the institute apart from a nominee of CPCSEA. The IAEC scrutinizes each project to ensure that it follows ethical guidelines.

Research projects

Currently the members of IAEC have approved two research programs and a teaching program:

  • Development of a diagnostic test to identify the species from snakebite by Dr. Radha Madhavan, HOD of Microbiology
  • Hypoglycemic effect of Polygala glabra in alloxan induced diabetic rats, by Dr. Samudram

Pharmacological teaching programs have been endorsed by the IAEC with certain safeguards. Proposed projects that are currently underway are:

  • Two studies by Dr. Srinivasan and Dr. Thiyagarajan, School of Biotechnology on neural immune interactions in rats with mammary tumors, and hormone-induced modulation of neural-immune interactions
  • MIL2 gene transferred bone marrow cell's action on human myeloma tumor induced mice, by Dr. R. A. Nazeer, College of Biotechnology
  • Production and characterization of cardiomyocytes from bone marrow-derived stem cells of mice, by Dr. S. Meignanalakshmi, School of Biotechnology
  • Role of inflammatory cells in host defense against several pathogens, by Dr. E. Berla Thangam, School of Biotechnology