Our laboratories can provide microbiological analysis of environmental, food, and clinical samples, to both academic collaborators and industry partners. Our laboratories are equipped to handle samples requiring the detection, isolation, enumeration and identification using traditional microbiology techniques or molecular biology techniques (such as PCR and PFGE). Currently we can only culture most aerobic bacteria, particularly those of interest to the medical field. We are set-up to handle biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) samples and follow good laboratory practice (GLP) standards; however, we are not a reference lab and only analyze samples as part of research projects.


Our laboratories are part of the VA’s vivarium, which is run by the Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU). The VMU has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) since 1977 and holds a current Public Health Service assurance number (PHS # A4408-01).


All animal protocols require approval by the Salt Lake City VA's Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to performing animal studies. We can help design and develop your animal studies in a methodological and systematic manner to generate a robust experimentally infected animal model.

Our laboratories are equipped to handle small animal surgeries and observations using our auto-flow anesthesia system. We have state-of-the-art imaging systems that allow us to follow the development or progression of an infection (in-real time) when using bioluminescent bacteria, which helps reduce the number of animals required to complete your study. We are also capable of analysing tissue samples for their microbial load using our freezer/miller system, which can provide homogenous distribution of bacterial cells, minimizing errors that occur when samples are not evenly infected or explanted.