Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory


The Aquatic Toxicology laboratories are housed in the School for Veterinary Medicine as well as in a free-standing Aquatic Building (part of the Cooperative Aquatic Animal Health Research Program). Facilities include state-of-the-art aquatic animal holding, rearing, exposure, surgical and preparative areas. Wet laboratory space dedicated to toxicology encompasses five laboratories with approximately 1500 sq. feet of space.


Laboratories within the unit are flow-through equipped with complete room and water temperature control (5 to 40°C), redundant air delivery, dechlorinated and purified water supply, in-line pH and hardness adjustment, toxicant recovery system, photoperiod control, and emergency power backup. Water flows range in individual rooms from 10 to 30 gallons per minute. Facilities are equipped with tanks ranging in size from 5 gallon glass to 500 gallon fiberglass tanks. 


Two specialized hooded HEPA-filtered exposure rooms with associated preparative areas (salt and freshwater capable) are designed for high hazard exposures. Facilities contain a proportional dilutor, Lazy Susan treatment suites, cannula, catheter and gavage tending systems, a radiolabel exposure unit, as well as traditional rack- and bath-based systems. Support preparative rooms (300 sq feet) are equipped with an aquatic surgical table, balances, water quality monitoring equipment, food mill, freezers and supportive exposure and preparative equipment. Analysis capabilities are associated with individual investigator laboratories and centralized facilities within the school.


Contact: Dr. Kevin Kleinow, 225-578-9757.