Melbourne Bioresources Platform

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The Melbourne Bioresources Platform houses and cares for small laboratory species to assist University of Melbourne researchers studying basic biological function and disease. We are committed to the highest standards in animal care and welfare, with well-trained animal care staff and dedicated veterinary support.

Our facilities house mice, rats and zebrafish and can produce both standard inbred and genetically altered lines of mice. We also house small numbers of rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, dunnarts and some reptiles and amphibians. Our facilities are licenced by Animal Welfare Victoria.

Our veterinarian is certified in laboratory animal medicine and oversees the health care program for our animals. They can offer expert advice and training in anaesthesia and surgery. Our animal technical staff also offer animal handling training, either one-on-one or in small groups.

We also provide assistance with techniques and training in areas such as sample collection and substance administration.

We offer a number of specialised services including rederivation to establish ‘clean’ animal colonies, IVF, CRISPr and cryopreservation in conjunction with our partners and the Australian Phenomics Networks Histopathology and Slide Scanning Service.

Our services follow best practice animal care and welfare, with strict regulatory compliance.


  • Anaesthetic machines
  • Tecniplast ventilated racks
  • Thoren ventilated racks
  • Standard open topped boxes
  • Laminar flow change stations
  • Class 11 Biosafetey hoods,
  • Lso cages suitable for germfree work
  • EchoMRI
  • Scancoviva CT80
  • BP recording machine

User information

The platform is open to all researchers at the University of Melbourne and its partner institutes in the Parkville biomedical precinct on a fee-for-service basis.

Other platforms

The platform can be used in conjunction with Melbourne Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Platform.

Contact us

Dr Catheryn O’Brien

Phone: +61 3 8344 7173

More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.