Large Animal Research Facility Trends

Greg Lattig, The Clark Enersen Partners
Andrew Stepp, The Clark Enersen Partners

This presentation will discuss the unique design challenges that must be considered when working with large animals in a research setting. Three projects will be profiled that cover a wide range medium and large animal species and research focuses including:

  1. South Dakota State Animal Disease and Research Laboratory South Dakota's primary veterinary diagnostic laboratory is preparing for a major addition and renovation. This facility must routinely handle live animals and carcasses ranging from dogs and cats to cattle, bison, horses and even animals from the Great Plains Zoo, all the while maintaining strict protocols for dealing with potential infectious agents and achieving LEED silver.
  2. University of Nebraska life Sciences Annex A large animal research facility that was recently renovated to accommodate most animal research that occurs within the institution. The renovation included a fully phased approach to upgrade and modernize large animal holding while converting part of the facility to rodent holding. This project allowed UNL to successfully apply for AAALAC accreditation.
  3. University of Missouri Animal Resource Center A new research facility designed to house multiple species for several different programs within the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Arts and Sciences. Dogs, cats, swine and miniature horses are housed and studied in the facility.

Learning Objectives

  • A clear understanding of the requirements for AAALAC accreditation in the housing of multiple medium and large species.
  • Awareness of the challenges involved in housing large animals and handling large animal carcasses.
  • Integration of personal safety, biosecurity, biosafety and maintenance in a large animal facility.
  • Understanding of the options available to provide durable finishes, furnishings and engineered systems in a large animal facility.


Greg Lattig is a senior principal with the Clark Enersen Partners and leader of their Science and Research Design Group. He has over 35 years of experience in architecture and structural engineering with a dedicated focus in the design of science and research facilities. He has been a regular speaker at TRADELINE and other notable laboratory design conference going back nearly 20 years.

Andrew Stepp is a senior principal and laboratory planner with the Clark Enersen Partners. He has over 20 years of experience and has been fully dedicated to the design and detailing of science and research animal facilities for over half his career. He has been a regular presenter on laboratory design issues at TRADELINE, CAPPA, PCAPPA and I2SL for nearly ten years.


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