The containment facility is currently undergoing CFIA review for AQC3 certification. In vitro and small scale operations are available.
On the first floor of the CDRF you will find containment labs for the study of aquatic pathogens and invasive species. We are currently undergoing final construction and the certification process for AQC3 level containment.
Disease Challenge and Necropsy Labs
Our facility has two rooms housing holding tanks with adjoining necropsy rooms for disease challenge studies.
- Heated and cooled seawater or freshwater available to each of the tanks
- Programmable lighting systems
- Adjoining necropsy room with stainless steel counters and cabinetry
- Pass-through specimen box
Containment Dry Labs
A dry lab is connected to the disease challenge / necropsy rooms and is fully equipped for cell or tissue culture studies. An additional dry lab is available as needed.
- 2 large class II biosafety cabinets (BSC)
- Fume hood
- 2 temperature controlled (4-40 °C) CO2 incubators for pathogen research or tissue culture
- Various centrifuges
- Ultralow freezer, liquid nitrogen dewar
- Benchtop autoclave, etc.
All water used in the containment zone is treated in our waste water treatment plant.
- Effluent pit containing drum filters, swirl separator and settling tank (A)
- Sand filtration tanks (B)
- Final effluent UV treatment (C)
To obtain access to the containment facility and for biosafety training, please contact the facility manager.