FY 15 Per Diem Memo

June 30, 2014

Dear Investigators,

Please find the attached Laboratory Animal Care Unit Per Diem and Service Rate Schedule for FY 2015, along with proposed rates for FY16 and FY17. The FY15 per diem rate is an implementation of the projected rates as published in July 2013. Although a rate increase was projected for the previous 3 years, it was not implemented and the FY 2012 rates were extended through FY14. The new rate schedule represents a 3% increase in rodent per diem rates, no increase in service rates, and a change in the animal order surcharge. The effective date for the rate increase will be July 1, 2014

Historically, the surcharge applied to animal orders was 15% of the animal costs for internal accounts and 30% for external customers. Effective July 1, 2014, the animal order surcharge for commercial vendor source rodents will be based on the number of animals ordered. The surcharge for non-rodents will remain at 15% of the animal costs. As the price for unique strains of rodents from approved vendors such as The Jackson Lab, Charles River, and Harlan has increased dramatically in recent years, we find the costs for individual animals often exceeding $200. Investigators who order these very expensive animals pay a disproportionate surcharge compared to the surcharge applied to orders for standard stocks and strains of animals with costs ranging from $5-$25 each.

The animal order surcharge applied to all orders effective July 1, 2014 is detailed in the LACU FY 2015 rate schedule: (http://www.uthsc.edu/research/research_resources/LACU/docs/rate-schedule.pdf)

I appreciate the continued support from campus administration and faculty for the animal resource program as we move forward to accommodate the increased complexity of research at UTHSC while maintaining full compliance with Federal regulations and accrediting agency standards. These resulting changes increase demand for qualified personnel and resources as well as challenge our efforts to maintain an AAALAC accredited program. We will continue to implement procedural changes to protect the health of valuable animal subjects, improve the effectiveness of the overall operations, and promote the highest level of animal care.


As always, I am open to suggestions for improvement and value the input of all users.


Timothy D. Mandrell, DVM, DACLAM
Director, Laboratory Animal Care Unit
Professor and Chair