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LACU Director Receives Federal Award


Congratulations are in order for David Hamilton, DVM, DACLAM, director of the Lab Animal Care Unit (LACU) for receiving a $320,468 federal award to help modernize the UTHSC animal care facility.

Dr. Hamilton applied for an R24 grant from the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, to purchase an automated animal watering system for the LACU to replace the existing use of water bottles and bowls/troughs in individual cages. Automated watering systems deliver more consistent water supply, reducing potential variability from animal to animal which can affect data collection. Automated systems are also associated with improved animal welfare, decreased water and energy requirements, and a reduced risk of ergonomic injuries in personnel. They provide a considerable savings in labor costs, and free up time for technicians to devote to other important animal care duties.

This is the first time the LACU has received federal dollars to support upgrade to its facilities. The forthcoming updates to the core would not be possible without Dr. Hamilton’s initiative.  Please join us in thanking him for his dedication and congratulating him on this achievement!

“I am very honored to receive this grant award. These funds will help the LACU in its mission to provide quality animal care and increase operational efficiency. I am very proud of the many accomplishments of the LACU team, and happy that this grant will allow more time to be devoted to animal care and oversight.”

– David Hamilton