FY20 Animal Per Diem Rates

Find daily rates and service fees for Research Animal Resources (RAR) to house and care for laboratory animals. The following rates are effective June 15, 2019. Research Animal Resources FY20 Per Diem Rates.

Laboratory animals: Housing and care

Cats: $11.90

Chicks (up to 8 weeks): $1.23

Chickens: $3.32

Chinchillas: $2.86

Dogs: $16.71

Guinea pigs: $2.98


  • Single housed; biweekly change: $1.94 (large box) or $2.79 (extra-large box)
  • Group housed; weekly change: $2.36 (large box) or $3.31 (extra-large box)

Mice (small box charge)

  • Standard (SPF or conventional): $0.85
  • Standard housing + irradiated feed: $0.92
  • Standard housing + full autoclaved: $1.48
  • BSL2 containment: $1.72
  • Quarantine: $3.10

Rats (large box charge unless noted otherwise)

  • Standard (SPF or conventional): $2.30
  • Standard housing + full autoclaved: $3.14
  • BSL2 containment: $3.82
  • Suspended metal cages (per rat): $1.05
  • Extra-large box: $3.31

Non-human primates (e.g., macaques): $18.56

Opossum: $7.56

Pigs: $18.97

Rabbits: $3.92

Sheep and goats: $17.27

Xenopus frogs (per tank)

  • Small tank (15 gallon or less): $2.91
  • Large tank (> 15 gallon): $5.71


Post-Operative Care (plus animal per diem): $59.30/day

Technical Assistance: $50.50/hour

Veterinary Professional Assistance: $68.50/hour

Animal Ordering Charge: $50.50/order

Large animal and poultry: Housing and care (St. Paul campus)

Large animals used in biomedical research and/or housed in indoor, environmentally controlled, stainless steel/sanitizable type caging/pens will be charged at the Laboratory Animal rates.


  • Birth–250 lbs.: $10.91
  • Stanchion: $17.87
  • Pen: $21.78
  • Outside: $13.72


  • Tie stall: $23.56
  • Box stall: $28.55

Sheep and goats: $7.82


  • 0-8 weeks: $1.23
  • > 8 weeks: $3.72


  • 0-8 weeks: $1.23
  • > 8 weeks: $3.32
  • Laying chickens in layer cages: $3.36

Isolators and isolation barns

Isolator unit per diem: $34.26

Isolation barns 

  • Isolation barn A/B service charge for room set-up and clean-out: $50.50/hour
  • Isolation barn A/B room per diem: $37.68
  • Isolation barn A/B pig per diem: $9.14
  • Isolation barn A/B poultry per diem: $3.14

Research Animal Resources Indemnification Policy

If a mistake or incident occurs that affects, or may affect, the ability to use an animal or group of animals for the intended research, an investigation into the cause will take place.

If the cause is clearly due to error on the part of RAR personnel (e.g., mix-up of animal strains, incorrect feeding of special diet), RAR will refund the purchase price of the animals or replace the animals, and will refund the per diem charged from the date of purchase until the error was discovered. If the cause is uncertain (e.g., animals are missing but it is unknown who took them; animals left without water bottles but it could have been due to investigator staff error, etc.), then no financial compensation will occur.

In the event of a physical plant malfunction resulting in the death of animals or other damage preventing the use of animals for the intended research, RAR will assist, at no charge, in writing the insurance claim for the investigator(s), but will not be held financially responsible for either damages or any deductible in effect.

If a billing error is discovered within six months of date of billing (per diem, animal purchase, special services), it will be rebilled or, in the case of overcharge, refunded; if the error is discovered at a later date, RAR will absorb the cost of under-billing.

Appeals or concerns about this policy will be referred to the Associate Vice President for Research, Academic Health Center.