for assistance call: 1-888-673-3444
RRRC at Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24)
 February 20, 2024
Stop by Booth 626 in the Exhibitor Hall at the Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24) in National Harbor/Washington DC Metro Area on March 6-10, 2024 to discuss how the RRRC can help facilitate your research.

GRCr8: A new rat reference assembly is now available.
 February 05, 2024
GRCr8 (GenBank NCBI # GCA_036323735.1) is the latest version of the rat reference genome assembly. See the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) blog for more details.
Happy World Rat Day!
 April 04, 2023
April 4, 2023 is World Rat Day!  The RRRC would like to acknowledge the important contributions to science and medicine made possible by the use of rats in biomedical research.
Exciting Job Opportunities
 April 03, 2023
The RRRC is looking to expand its team!  We have positions available in colony management, data curation, cryobiology, reproductive biology, and customer service.  We are also looking for individuals interested in post-doctoral training with both a service and research emphasis.  Interested in learning more?  Contact Dr. Elizabeth Bryda at

NIH Extrinsic Factors Workshop
 August 09, 2022

Enhance Rigor and Reproducibility in Animal Research by Managing Extrinsic Factors

When: September 23, 28, and 30, 2022

Venue: Zoom


The workshop will be a forum to discuss the current status of and needs for understanding extrinsic environmental factors; their potential impact on animal research outcomes; and how facilities may optimally manage, monitor, and report these extrinsic factors in an effort to enhance reproducibility and rigor in animal research. The focus of this workshop will be on identifying gaps, opportunities, and new approaches in husbandry of commonly and widely used animal models; relevant environmental factors and conditions; and the need for novel instruments, equipment, and infrastructure for animal research core facilities (e.g., modern design of research core facilities, high-throughput equipment, telemetry for behavioral research).

How to Order
To place an order with the RRRC, click the “Order Form” tab at the top of RRRC website. This will open the online order form

Complete the order form with the requested information.

Orders are limited to 10 animals or less. For larger orders, please email for a quote.

For more information on available strains, please visit the rat strain page here: You may search for strain via the search bar at the top, or refine the listings by using the drop down options on the left hand side.

For pricing information for animal orders, please visit our pricing page here:

Please note, all international orders will be charged a $300 international fee.

After an order has been submitted, it will be assigned an order number and you will receive an email from RRRC customer support confirming your order. Please read this email carefully for further instructions.  Our customer support will contact you by phone if your order includes special requests or additional information about your order is needed.

Once an order is received, an invoice will be issued. Payment can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer.  In addition, the RRRC will need a signed Outgoing Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). Include the RRRC order number on all correspondence to prevent delays.  Please note that a fully executed MTA as well as payment in full are necessary before fullfillment of an order can be initiated.  Fee-for-Service requests may not require a MTA but will require payment in full before initiation of the project.  

The RRRC maintains small colonies of a subset of the strains/stocks in our inventory for distribution of live rats on a first come, first serve basis.  The size of the breeding colony, the size of the litters being produced and the number of requests in the queue all influence time from placement/initiation of an order to shipping of live animals.

Orders for live animals are generally filled within 2-4 months after the on-line order, the MTA and the payment are provided, but this can vary depending on current availability and demand. Cryo-resuscitation orders take an average of 6 months to be filled. Orders for other materials (sperm, embryos, ES cells, DNA, etc.) are shipped as soon as all paperwork is completed and payment has been recieved.  Fee-for-service time lines will be communicated as the project is initiated and progresses.

Please note that choice of courier and all associated shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer.

Once animals are assigned to your order, you will receive an email with the animal information details and a request for your shipping authorization. Shipping will only take place once authorization is given. Please make sure you have provided your courier account number to prevent shipping delays. 

Animals are generally shipped on Mondays, for next day delivery. The shipping date and job number will be communicated to you via email prior to shipment. Please confirm the delivery date with your courier company.  Shipping charges will be billed to you directly from the courier, not from the RRRC.  Please note that once animals leave the RRRC facility, they are in the custody of your chosen courier and you should communicate directly with the courier should any issues arise.  The RRRC can assist with these discussions.