DLAR Per Diem and Animal Care/Support Rates

The Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) provides care to all University of Maryland animals housed in DLAR-managed vivaria. DLAR offers the UMD research community economical, efficient, high-quality care and specialized services that facilitate scientific advancements while upholding the highest animal welfare standards.

DLAR’s shared services, equipment, resources and expertise are provided on a fee-for-service basis (usually in the form of a recharge rate).

To recover a portion of the money spent on animal care, DLAR charges per diem rates for the various species housed in DLAR-managed facilities. Per diem rates are charged for each day or fraction of a day that a cage or animal is in a DLAR-managed space. Per diems are not prorated.

Animal care costs depend on multiple factors, including cost of feed, bedding, PPE and other critical animal care supplies and equipment. Rates are currently subsidized by the University and subject to periodic reevaluation. The tables below show the University-subsidized rates for DLAR-managed facilities; rates for non-DLAR facilities and non-University researchers may vary.

Per diem rates for animal care or direct charges for personnel costs and supplies are based on the cost analysis and recovery procedures outlined in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Cost Analysis and Rate Setting Manual for Animal Research Facilities.

If you don’t see the species with which you intend to work, please contact DLAR (contact-DLAR@umd.edu) for rates. For additional information on per diem and other DLAR Animal Care Rates, please visit our FAQs (under construction).


Per Diem Costs 

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Included in per diem costs:

Not included in per diem costs (charged as special services or direct fees):



DLAR Per Diem Rates*
Mouse Rates (FY22**)
Static cage $ 0.80 cage
Ventilated cage $ 1.00 cage
Rat Rates (FY22**)
Ventilated cage $ 1.20 cage
Other Species
Gerbil Rates (FY22**)
Static cage $ 1.20 cage
Guinea pig Rates (FY22**)
Ventilated cage $ 1.40 cage
Peromyscus spp. Rates (FY22**)
Static cage $ 1.00 cage
Pig Rates (FY22**)
< 120 pounds $ 20.00 animal
> 120 pounds varies animal
Rabbit Rates (FY22**)
Cage $ 6.25 animal
*Rates apply to standard conditions. Special care, equipment, supplies, etc., may be charged additional labor and direct costs.
**Rates effective FY19.


Miscellaneous Animal Husbandry Charges
Personnel Labor Fees# Rates†/Fees (FY22**)
Animal Care Support $ 26.75 hour
Animal Care Support (Weekday- after hours; Weekends; Holidays) $ 40.00 hour
#Animal Care/Husbandry labor fees apply to non-standard animal care support in DLAR-managed facilities, animal care support in facilities not managed by DLAR, and special husbandry/animal care support to research protocols.
†Rates are charged in 15 minute increments beyond any minimum charges.
**Rates are effective FY19


DLAR Technical / Surgical / Protocol Support Services
Personnel Labor Fees## Rates†/Fees (FY22**)
Technician fees $ 40.00 hour
Veterinary professional fees $ 100.00 hour
After hours technician/veterinary professional fees- (after hours protocol support is provided only in an emergency or by appointment) 1.5 X std rate hour
##Technical/professional support labor fees apply to technical services performed by a technician or veterinarian in direct support of a specific protocol (e.g., sample collection, compound administration, surgery, anesthesia, diagnostics, euthanasia, necropsy, and other technical procedures for protocol purposes). Routine clinical and surgical care and protocol review/consultation services are covered by per diem rates.
†Rates are charged in 15 minute increments beyond any minimum charges.
**Rates are effective FY19
Sterilization Rates/Fees (FY22)
Autoclave $ 25.00 run
Ethylene Oxide $ 25.00 run
Ethylene Oxide packaging $ 2.00 bag
Equipment Usage*** Rates†/Fees (FY22)
Anesthesia machine (Rodent- RC-2) $ 10.00 hour
Anesthesia machine (Rodent- Compact-5) $ 15.00 hour
Cancelled reservation (less than 48 hr notice to cancel may incur a cancellation charge) varies
***Equipment usage is charged at a minimum of an hour.
†Rates are charged in 15 minute increments beyond any minimum charges.




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