The Department of Laboratory Animal Science, originally founded in 1953 as an animal supplying center of then Shanghai First Medical College, is a comprehensive service entity involved in research and teaching of Laboratory Animal Science, producing and supplying laboratory animals, and providing technical support and services for animal research.

The Department, consisting of 4 divisions, has a staff of 34 with 1 professor, 4 associate professors, and 3 master advisors. It was entitled to be the first of its kind in China to confer Master Degree.

The Department boasts facilities in line with the national standards, including the Pathology Lab, Nutriology Lab, Environmental Ecology Lab, Microbiology Lab, and Cytology Lab.

In recent years, the Department has been active in international academic exchange and cooperation. It introduced about 100 batches of genetically modified animals and special animal models from Jackson Lab, Charles River Laboratories, NIH, and Harvard Harvard Medical School. It has conducted academic exchanges with Duke University in the USA and the National University of Singapore in such areas as facility management, resource development, and administration.