The Small Animal Behavior Core (SABC) at Augusta University is a state-of-the art facility designed to serve as a time-efficient and cost-effective service for researchers in need of behavioral analyses in small animals (specifically, mice and rats).

The Core provides expertise in all aspects related to the design and implementation of behavioral experiments as well as data analysis and interpretation. The core is fully equipped to accommodate a full battery of behavioral tests relevant to learning and memory, sensory gating, place/fear conditioning, motor function, nociception, and anxiety-related behaviors, etc. We ask that whenever possible, all clients acknowledge the Small Animal Behavior Core in published manuscripts.

Fees  Services

Contact Us

Small Animal Behavior Core

Health Sciences Campus

Dugas Building


8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions


All clients (internal and external) are required to fill out the service request form. The core director will provide a formal quote for services on an individual basis after evaluating a client's particular needs. The following fees are provided as a general guideline. Discounts may apply if a battery of tests are requested or an extensive or ongoing project is undertaken. The fees listed do not include animal purchase or animal per diems. Those prices will vary depending on the number of subjects and the time required for testing and will be factored into the final invoice.

Small Animal Behavior Core Services AU and Affiliates, and Other Federally Supported Research Universities Private Research Companies and All Other Clients
Technician Services
(includes acclimatizing* the animals, performing the tests, and compiling and organizing the data)
$75/hr $125/hr
Professional Services
(includes consultation time with the Director, and statistical analysis and graphic presentation of the data gathered)
$250/hr $250/hr

* Animals must be brought to the center a minimum of 5 days prior to testing in order to acclimate the animals to the technicians and their surroundings. This process includes the technicians handling the animals for several minutes each day.

Contact Information

photo of Alvin V. Terry Jr. PhD

Alvin V. Terry Jr. PhD

  • Director, Small Animal Behavior Core


Regents Professor and Chair,
Pharmacology and Toxicology;
Associate Vice President for Basic Science Research
photo of Dan Beck, BS

Dan Beck, BS

  • Manager, Small Animal Behavior Core