National Large Animal Research Facility (NLARF) is a joint initiative between the SingHealth Duke-NUS and National University Health System (NUHS) Academic Medical Centres (AMCs) which serves as a national research support facility for large animal (LA) research. It offers unique capabilities not available elsewhere in Singapore, including the supply of research-quality LAs for Human Health and Potential (HHP) research through an in-house breeding programme and importing animals from overseas sources, provision of long-term or temporary housing for overflow LAs from other animal research facilities, supply of animals with special health status, technical support for highly specialised research using LA models and supply of LA bio-resources. NLARF is accredited by AAALAC International^, demonstrating its commitment to ethical and humane animal care and use.

The SingHealth Experimental Medicine Centre (SEMC) administers the initiative. Further efforts are being undertaken to enhance NLARF’s capabilities to support HHP research, including its relocation to the state-of-the-art, purpose built new NLARF facility in 2024.

^Previously known as Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.

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