The UNT Denton Vivarium is a dedicated facility for housing research animals on campus that receives financial and administrative support through The Division of Research and Innovation. The Vivarium includes animal housing suites and a surgery suite with 24/7 environmental and security controls. Investigators conducting animal research will be charged per diem rates for usage of this Vivarium facility.  

Vivarium Access and Training

 In order to gain access to the UNT Vivarium Principal Investigators and their staff must:

  • be on an approved IACUC protocol
  • have completed the appropriate CITI training in the last 5 years
  • be enrolled in the UNT Denton Occupational Health and Safety Program for Animal Workers annually (including Tetanus immunization record within last 10 years)
  • complete vivarium orientation
  • complete any hands-on training as needed per protocol

Should you need any specialized training in the use and handling of research animals, contact:


Office: 940-565-2852

  • Per Diem Rates

    FY 2020

    *For purposes of estimating annual costs for research and grant proposals, expect a minimum 3% yearly increase.

    Frogs/Amphibians (up to 2 per tank) $0.67

    Mouse (up to 4 per cage) $0.66

    Mouse Breeding (standard) $0.76

    Rat Housing (standard) $0.76

    Rabbit Housing (per animal/per day) $3.09

    Pigeon Housing (per animal/per day) $1.03

    Rat Housing (Quarantine) $0.93

    Mouse Housing (Quarantine) $0.93

    Bio-containment surcharge $20.60 (monthly)

    Blood or Tissue Sampling by Vivarium Staff $10.30 (per sampling)

    Veterinarian hourly rate (Emergency care or treatment by vet or staff) $77.25 (per hour)

    Uncrating and Set Up Fee $6.18

    Surcharge (on supplies) 18.10%

    Rodent surveillance- Request quote

    Separate Overcrowded Cage $25.75

    CO2 Usage $5.15

    Rodent Anesthesia Machine Use (includes Isoflurane and Oxygen) $30.90

    Surgery/Procedure Room Use $30.90 (per day)

    Clean-up Fee $10.30 (per day)

    Super Cage Use Fee