Facilities & Resources

Our Facilities & Resources

The FAHRP success has been facilitated by the availability of laboratory and animal holding facilities capable of accommodating the unique research needs of the faculty investigators. The use of our gnotobiotic facility has been instrumental in the discovery of new microbes and their pathogenicity as well as in development of vaccines.

  • The Food Animal Health Research Program has modern laboratories with the latest equipment, including AALAC accredited laboratory animal and germ-free facilities.
  • This is the only facility in the world for procurement and maintenance of germfree food producing animals.
  • The only specific pathogen free flock of turkeys in the world is maintained by the Food Animal Health Research Program.
  • These resources are invaluable for the study of infectious diseases of food producing animals.

Disciplines & Technologies

  • A variety of disciplines are utilized including microbiology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, and environmental sciences. Studies are conducted at the animal, organ, cellular and molecular levels.
  • Technologies used include: tissue culture, embryo inoculation, serological techniques, monoclonal antibodies, nucleic acid probes, PCR, sequencing, immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, and flow cytometryetry.

Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research Facility (PAAR)

The Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research (PAAR) facility is a highly secure biocontainment building. It is required by federal law for conducting research with organisms that cause diseases in animals classified at biosafety level 3 (BSL-3 and/or BSL-3 Ag). It is also needed for working with plant diseases that could cause undue economic hardship on agriculture if released into the environment.

PAAR will be the only facility in Ohio and one of only two nationally with capacity for both plant and animal research at the BSL-3 and BSL-3 Ag safety levels. Another three facilities nationwide have the BSL-3 Ag safety level designation for animal-related research only. The Ohio State University operates several BSL-3 labs on its Columbus campus, but PAAR will be the first BSL-3 facility on the Wooster campus and the university’s first BSL-3 Ag facility.

PAAR will enhance OARDC’s nationally and internationally recognized research programs on infectious diseases of plants and animals — further contributing to the viability of Ohio’s $90-plus billion agricultural sector, the state’s largest industry. The facility will allow Ohio to proactively develop new diagnostic tools, treatments, vaccines, and genetically resistant animals and plants to reduce economic losses from diseases and pests. It will enhance OARDC’s ability to attract highly competitive faculty and grants to the state.


  • 27,537 gross square feet and 23,000 assignable square feet.
  • Two BSL-3 enhanced laboratories and four BSL-3 Ag animal isolation rooms that can handle large animals, such as cows and pigs.
  • Office, lockers and change facility, decontamination areas, wash areas to clean cages, and a necropsy area for sample collection.
  • Specialized equipment to work with microorganisms in laboratory settings.
  • Special airtight construction.
  • Outgoing air is filtered through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that trap microorganisms and prevent escape into other sections of the facility and the surrounding environment.
  • Complies with all federal guidelines governing BSL-3 and BSL-3 Ag labs.