Welcome to the website of the Laboratory Animal Services Center (LASC).

Our mission is to support biomedical research at the University of Zurich by providing various specialised support services, primarily in the field of animal husbandry and veterinary services.

In addition, the LASC is responsible for the Animal Management System (iRATS) and it can provide individual training for scientists regarding common experimental procedures.

Information for new users (introductory courses):

See here



LASC services around Christmas and New Year

We would like to provide you with some important information regarding the time period between Christmas and New Year.
As you might know, there are 4.5 workdays in both holiday weeks, calendar weeks 51 and 52. However, due to reduced capacity on all sides, the animal caretakers will be able to provide only the basic services (like cage change, health checks, weaning, toe biopsies) from Thursday, 23 December 2021 until Monday, 03 January 2022.

Transport of animals, biopsies and material within and between the different LASC locations and BZL:
From Wednesday, 22 December 2021 to Monday, 03 January 2022 NO animals, biopsies and material will be transported between the different LASC locations and to or from BZL. Furthermore, no animals will be transferred within the LASC facilities.
The last transport before the holiday season will take place on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 and the first transport after the holiday season will take place on Tuesday, 04 January 2022.

Animal orders and exports:
There will be no delivery and export of animals between Thursday, 23 December 2021 and Friday, 31 December 2021.
Please check the LASC website for the last possible delivery dates in 2021 and first delivery dates in 2022 as well as the corresponding order deadlines.


Did you know?

Contact the area representative of your LASC approved vendor now to discuss your animal numbers for 2022. The vendors might not only have additional discounts available for you. Planning and reserving well-ahead will also help improving animal welfare in laboratory animals.
For more information, contact the LASC animal order team.


We welcome our new employees in December and January:

  • Bettina Wetli (administration)
  • Alberto Corcoba (deputy facility manager Irchel/AFS)


Information on additional service offers & pricing by commercial vendors for UZH members:

Janvier: https://www.janvier-labs.com/en/quotation/; or contact: olivier.dillenseger@janvier-labs.com

Envigo: https://www.envigo.com/lasc

Charles River: https://www.criver.com/info-pi-rm-university-zurich-portal