Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM) unit of TamilNadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) is located in Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai-600051.

The LAM Unit was started in 1973 with the objective of breeding, maintenance and supply of quality research animals for the research scholars of TANUVAS and other institutes.

The LAM Unit is committed to produce good quality laboratory animals for research purpose.

The LAM Unit is fully equipped to meet the requirements of Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) with regard to the maintenance of micro and macro-environmental conditions with Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning system (HVAC), barrier housing, dual corridor, wall mounted autoclave, RO water plant, Quarantine room and a laboratory.


Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning system
Service corridor
Clean Corridor with Air Shower

Functions of the unit

  • Supply of quality animals for research
  • Consultancy on laboratory animal management, health and animal models
  • Teaching veterinary graduates on laboratory animal biology and diseases
  • Advisory services on animal models for in vivo research
  • Training of scientists, postgraduate research scholars and animal caretakers in the area of laboratory animal management, handling, ethics and research


  • A modernized laboratory animal house that conforms to CPCSEA guidelines and serves as a model animal house
  • Only institute in India to conduct a Federation of European Laboratory Animal Sciences Associations (FELASA) accredited training programme (for rodents and fish- Functions: A, B, C,& D)
  • Training programmes for animal caretakers and research scholars
  • Sale of laboratory animals to cater to needs of research institutes in Tamilnadu and Pudhucherry
  • Collaborations with Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, CPCSEA, NIAW and LASA for training.
  • Research on health monitoring of rodents

Species/Strains of animals currently available for sale:

  • Wistar Albino Rat
  • Mice (Swiss Albino & BALB/c)
  • Dunkin Hartley Guinea pig

Procedure for sale of laboratory animals

  • Animals will be supplied only to the institutions or units that are registered with CPCSEA.
  • Animals will be supplied only to the projects which have been approved by the Institutional Animal Ethical Committee (IAEC) as per the guidelines of CPCSEA.
  • Animal requests should be made at least 60 days in advance giving details of species, age, sex, weight and number of animals required along with the probable date of requirement.
  • Documents required for purchase:
    1. Duly filled in request form (downloadable from
    2. Letter of request from the Head of the institute / Department / Chairman / Guide / Investigator addressed to ‘The Director, Centre for Animal Health Studies, TANUVAS, Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai 600 051'.
    3. Photocopy of CPCSEA registration certificate
    4. Photocopy of IAEC approval indicating the species and number of animals
  • Buyers should make their own arrangements for transport of animals (air conditioned vehicles) and with cages / boxes (as per CPCSEA guidelines), feed, water bottles and bedding material.
  • Procurement of animals is through payment of Cash / Demand Draft in favour of "The Director, CAHS, TANUVAS, Madhavaram, Chennai 600 051".
  • Sale timing is from 10 AM to 4 PM on all working days except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Sale Price of Laboratory Animals

S. No. Lab Animal Species Govt. / Non-profit org.(Rs) Private/ Profit making org.(Rs)
1 Mouse 125 150
2 Rat 250 300
3 Guinea pig 550 700

Laboratory Animals Requisition / Reservation Form


Dr. S.Ramesh, Professor and Head || Mobile: 9841820397
Dr. P.Jalantha, Assistant Professor


The Professor,
Laboratory Animal Medicine,
Centre for Animal Health Studies,
TANUVAS, Madhavaram Milk Colony
Chennai - 600 051
Phone: 044-25551572 | 044-25551586 | Extn. 261