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The Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) is the centrally administered animal resource that acts as the service and teaching unit supporting all animal use in research, testing, and education at Northwestern University. Animals used in biomedical research at Northwestern University are housed either in CCM facilities or in facilities administered by academic departments for which CCM provides the primary care and oversight. CCM has been AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International) Accredited since 1985 and a member of AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) since 1962.


The Winter 2014 issue of CCM Speaks

  • Investigator Rodent Health Record: The New Face of the Pink Card System
  • CCM Office Renovations
  • Initiatives to Increase and Improve Mouse Housing Space
  • CCM’s Training Request Form
  • Intravenous Compound Administration in Mice
  • Animal Transfers — What’s the Big Deal?
  • New Release: Animal User Manual
  • Mouse Aggression Management
  • Rodent Technical Services Unit
  • Ultrasound Unit for Investigator Use
  • CCMs Annual Anesthesia Servicing
  • ASP Lay Summaries Simplified
  • Tips for Electronic Protocol Submission
  • CCM Employee Recognition Program
CCM Business Office
News and Announcements
Procurement Receiving and Census

CCM periodically contacts Principal Investigators and their staff with important announcements via email. If you would like to receive these messages, please contact

Archived Announcements are available to those currently listed on an active protocol as well as CCM and IACUC staff.

FY15 Per Diem Rates and

Service Charges


Protocol Bill Reference List
Animal Housing Types

On the FAQs Page -

Business Office Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to be linked to the FAQs page.

Or use the link at the top of our homepage!

Guide to CCM Cage Cards

In our efforts to continually improve communications between the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) and laboratory personnel, CCM has developed a “Guide to CCM Cage Cards.”  This document prints best on 11 x 14 paper.  Poster size versions of this document are also hanging in the Lurie and Pancoe animal facilities after July 12, 2012.

Form for Animal Procurement

Remember to send the completed Animal Procurement form to:

Non-Animal Orders:

Investigators and their staff can drop off their non-animal order forms at the Lurie Basement Main Office B-127.

Filled orders will be available for pick up at the Lurie Main Office.


Click here to be linked to all Forms

Let Us Know Who
Training Classes

If you are new to the lab, or NU, or if you have changed contact email or phone number, please contact OPRS at

Department staff and administrators who will need to be contacted regarding award related business should also register with OPRS.

New training and refresher courses are always available. Persons who work with nonhuman primates, biohazards, or in barrier environments must receive hands-on training from the Center for Comparative Medicine training staff. Please fill out our Training Request Form (use IE for best results) and/or contact CCM at 312-503-2758 for training
Contact the CAR Committee Report Animal Welfare Concerns
The Committee on Animal Resources (CAR) is a standing committee of senior faculty who serve as liaison between faculty, Northwestern central administration, and the Center for Comparative Medicine on matters relating to all aspects of animal care and use. Visit the website for more details. If you see or suspect any mistreatment of research animals at CCM you should report it immediately. Contact our Executive Director, or submit an anonymous report by following these instructions. (a PDF document).
Online Training Available

New investigators and their staff, or current investigators and staff working with new animal species must complete core and species specific courses in order to work with animals and gain access to the facility.

All online training is now accessed through the AALAS Learning Library. In order to use the library you must first be assigned an account. To obtain your account and log-in,

Research staff should contact:

Bruce Roberts, OPRS-IACUC at 312-503-9339
or via email

CCM staff should contact:

Andrew Feeney, CCM Training Dept. at 312-503-2758
or via email

Occupational Health Program

Allergies are a big risk in our area. As part of becoming an authorized user of the CCM Facilities, you need to visit the NU Corporate Health Center in the Galter Pavillion of NMH and take part in a health screening examination by a licensed physician. There is no cost for this mandatory activity. More Information is available on our New Researcher page and also on the Policy and Guidelines page.

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