Center for Neurological Disease Models (CNDM)

Veterinary and Technical Services


Veterinary and Technical Services (VTS)

The Veterinary and Technical Services team includes veterinarians with training and experience in laboratory animal medicine and Animal Health Technicians certified by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our laboratory animals, and to safeguarding their welfare by ensuring that their humane use complies with all applicable national, provincial, and institutional policies on the care and use of experimental animals in biomedical research and teaching. Our mission is to act as a resource to the research community, to provide our specialized expertise, knowledge, and training in an effort to produce the highest quality science in an atmosphere of collegiality.

Veterinary Clinical Care

A comprehensive veterinary medical program is in effect for all animals maintained at the MNI CNDM. VTS personnel monitor animals daily, including weekends and holidays, for signs of illness, injury, or abnormal behaviour. In cases where such observation will interfere with experimental objectives, prior arrangements must be approved in the Animal Use Protocol and special arrangements must made with VTS to ensure adequate monitoring of animals and environmental systems.

If an animal requires medical attention, VTS Animal Health Technicians and veterinarians determine diagnosis, therapeutic plan, and prognosis. Prior to initiating therapy, the case is discussed with the responsible researcher/research personnel. If the veterinarian is unable to reach the responsible researcher in a timely manner, the veterinarian has the authority to intervene as he/she deems appropriate.

Emergency Care and Contacts

Veterinary care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any health problem noted by any animal user at any time, including evenings, weekends and holidays, should be reported immediately to the veterinary staff.

During regular business hours: 514-398-1403 

Outside of regular business hours, call the emergency call centre number posted in the facility and labs. Provide the call centre operator with your name and the telephone number where you can be reached for a call back from the veterinarian on call.

Preventive Medicine

To ensure the health status of all animals maintained in our facility, general medical surveillance procedures have been developed for each species.

For some species, quarantine is necessary to minimize the introduction of disease into established colonies. The length of the quarantine period is determined by the species and by knowledge of the animal's source and previous history, as well as by regulatory requirements. Upon arrival, all animals regardless of their source will be allowed an acclimation period of 3 to 7 days before use. This period allows the animal to recover from any potential shipping stress, adapt to its new surroundings and become physiologically stable.

A robust health monitoring program is essential in assuring the known viral and microbiological status of resident colony mice, in diagnosing and controlling outbreaks before they become clinically apparent, and to provide quality assurance. On a triennial basis, we assess the viral and microbiological status of colony mice through our Mouse Sentinel Program.    

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the sentinel program.

Routine health checks are performed regularly on all nonhuman primates and include: complete physical examination, blood analysis and TB test.

Water quality analysis is performed daily on all aquatic animal systems.

Veterinary Technical Support

Veterinary and Technical Services provides technical services to support the research needs of individuals who use animals models, including:

  • Surgical models
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • General anesthesia
  • Oral administration
  • Parenteral injections
  • Collection of biological fluids (blood, serum, urine)
  • Placement of intravascular catheters
  • Euthanasia
  • Other special procedures as requested

For more information contact CNDM-VTS.neuro [at] (Veterinary and Technical Services)

Consumables request form

Technical request form



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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.




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