Laboratory Animal Sciences
Staff of the Department of Laboratory Animal Sciences
Sub-units of the Animal Center
The animal center comprises units such as animal breeding, infectious animal experiments,
noninfectious animal experiments, laboratory animal feed production, and large animal areas.
The animal breeding area is controlled by a barrier system to prevent infections coming in and
nucleus breeding colonies of laboratory animals are maintained in this area. Laboratory animal
feed is produced in the feed production area and in the large animal area sheep are being
maintained for blood drawing purposes laboratory media preparation and various other
Veterinary Surgeons – Animal Center
Dr. M. G. Thammitiyagodage BVSc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Head of the section
JICA certificate on Laboratory Animal Technology – Japan
Dr. Ramani Karunakaran BVSc., M. A
Veterinary Surgeon (International Certificate on Laboratory Animal Science)
(Faculty of Medicine Colombo/ University of Utrecht Netherlands)
Senior Medical Laboratory Technologist
Mr.A.B.M.G.Deshapriya, BSc (Medical Laboratory Science)
Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science.
Mr. Mahinda Guruge –Animal Supervisor
Mr.K.Kumaradasa – Animal Supervisor.
Mr. K.K. Dumith Prasanga
Mr.M.R. Aruna Shantha
Animal Breeding Area
The following animals are maintained at the animal center:
- New Zealand White Rabbits (Close colony)
- Wistar rats (Close colony)
- Heartly Guinea pigs (Close colony)
- ICR (Institute of Cancer Research Mice-Close Colony)
- Syrian Hamster (Inbred Colony)
- C57Bl mice (Inbred colony)
- C3H mice (Inbred colony)
- Balb/c A mice (Inbred colony)