Perspectives on the Future of Animal Research and Ways to Reduce the Natural Resources They Use

E. Scott Kreitlein, BHDP Architecture
Danielle Henry, BHDP Architecture

Advancements in technology have dramatically increased our understanding of the anatomy and physiology of both humans and animals in significantly greater detail. In addition to its support of research related advancements, technology has contributed significantly to the reduction in the energy vivaria inherently consume. From air particulate monitoring to caging and bedding recycling, new products and equipment are now available to organizations to reduce their overall carbon footprint, while ensuring a safer, healthier work environment. To address these vivarium-related issues, a roundtable of several experts in animal research was assembled in the fall of 2020 to discuss the future of animal investigations, and how it may be conducted in the next 30 years.

This special topic presentation is a report of that meeting, and shares with the audience the issues that were examined in detail by the 13 experts who contributed to the conversation. Participants can expect to learn about the critical issues facing vivaria and how owners and managers address costly operational demands today and into the future. The presentation will focus on the ways animal research facilities have incorporated technology to reduce the use of vital national resources. The primary target audience for this session will be vivarium managers and directors, lab animal veterinarians, animal research institution owners, health and safety officers, vivarium planners and designers, and IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) personnel.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the key issues that viviarum managers and directors will face in the next 30 years that have both a negative and positive impact on the way research is conducted in the modern animal research facility;
  • Describe the approaches used to address the operational issues imposed by limited budgets, advancements in technology and procedures, and the changes in research objectives to ensure a safe, efficient and effective research environment now and well into the future;
  • Explain the most efficient and effective ways to incorporate energy and resource conservation concepts and ideas into the design, construction, and operation of animal research facilities; and
  • Discuss the ways vivarium directors, managers and researchers can best prepare for the future of animal research facilities as they are increasingly becoming a vital resource to proving the efficacy of accelerated pharmacological research programs.


Scott Kreitlein has over 28 years of experience in the architectural design community planning some of the most complex science related projects in the industry. He is a vivarium planner subject matter expert and has designed animal research facilities throughout the world. He is currently serving as the President of the Arizona Chapter of I2SL.

Danielle Henry is a Sr. Laboratory Planner for BHDP Architecture and specializes in designing a variety of different S&T related projects. With over nine years of industry experience, she has worked with flexible, industrial, research, high-bay, low-bay, vivarium, and BSL2 clean labs for university, corporate and science and tech clients.


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