We strongly recommend contacting us to arrange a consultation for your study design prior to submitting a request – contact us.

The VMMPC occupies 3000 sq ft of continuous space that includes animal housing, energy balance, telemetry, and experiment rooms and surgical suites. The VMMPC is designed so housing and study environments can be controlled and workflow is optimized so that multiple procedures can be used on a single mouse. The VMMPC develops, standardizes, and provides surgical and experimental services for phenotyping mice. Surgical procedures include venous and arterial catheterizations, cannula and fiber optic brain implants, bariatric surgeries, and islet transplantations. The VMMPC uses flexible platforms to study nutrient metabolism and energy balance that can be readily adapted for specific experimental requirements. The use of dual arterial and venous catheter implantation permit glucose clamps, treadmill exercise, metabolic flux analyses, and other procedures to be studied without the stress of handling mice. The VMMPC offers courses annually to disseminate research laboratory practices to study mice metabolism.

A list of our services can be found below. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of available services.

General process for requesting services:

1. Inquire about services, consult on study design (send an e-mail or submit a request)
2. Quote is established
3. Paperwork is filled out and executed
4. Studies are scheduled
5. Mice are purchased or shipped to Vanderbilt
6. Mice are released from quarantine
7. Mice are screened, aged, fed a special diet, and/or undergo treatment
8. The study is performed
9. Raw and analyzed data is sent to you
10. Consult about the results, data interpretation or analysis

The MMPC at Vanderbilt has implemented iLab Solutions as our new online system to streamline the process of billing for core service requests. This requires a one-time registration.

To Register for an Account:
1. Complete the registration form on the sign-up page.
2. Receive a Welcome Email from iLab (typically within one business day) with login credentials.