Swan Consultants LLC

Laboratory Animal Science

About Us

Our Director

Francisco Javier Cisneros, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., CPIA.

After obtaining a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and Zoology Degree from the Universidad Central del Ecuador (Summa Cum Laude), Dr. Cisneros was appointed to a faculty position at the same institution. While a full time faculty member, he owned and operated a small animal veterinary clinic. However, due to his strong interest in drug discovery and passion to solve human and animal health issues, he immigrated to the United States to further his formal education. He completed a Food Animal Teaching Internship at the University of California at Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Health at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T, Summa Cum Laude), and obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology at North Carolina State University. His dissertation entitled “Epigenetic Inheritance of 5-AZA-2'-Deoxycytidine (5-AZA-CdR) Induced Alterations” constitutes one of the first published discoveries of xenobiotic-induced transgenerational changes in epigenetics. Dr. Cisneros worked as a Staff-Fellow at the Division of Neurotoxicology of the National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA, an Associate Professor of Developmental Biology at NC A&T, a Clinical Veterinarian and Senior Veterinary Specialist at Charles River Laboratories Preclinical Services, Pennsylvania, and a Veterinary Reviewer within the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Partnering with animal production, research and testing institutions to:

  • Identify the most appropriate technologies for their specific laboratory animal care and use programs.
  • Guarantee humane treatment of all animals used in research, testing, and education while maintaining exemplary research results.
  • Provide help to assure institutions attain or maintain accreditation with AAALAC International.


We are pleased to provide the following services:

  • Development and implementation of laboratory animal programs.
  • Facility design.
  • Assessment of laboratory animal programs and facility inspections.
  • Establishment and training of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Collaborate on management of animal facilities.
  • Assist to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies such as USDA, OLAW, FDA, AAALAC, etc.
  • Create and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Generate and write IACUC protocols.
  • Veterinary review of IACUC protocols.
  • Training of animal care and research personnel to support success in ALAT, LAT, and LATG.
  • Post-approval monitoring of IACUC protocols.
  • Electronic data management of animal production, testing and research institutions.


American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)



American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)



American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP)



American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)



Animal Welfare Act (AWA) & Animal Welfare Regulations (AWR)



Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)



Animal Welfare Institute



Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International)



AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition



Canadian Council on Animal Care



Central American, Caribbean, and Mexican Association for Laboratory Animal Science (ACCMAL)


DIRECTIVE 2010/63/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes



Federation of South American Associations in Laboratory Animal Science (FESSACAL)



Federación de Sociedades y Asociaciones Hispanas de América del Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de la Ciencia de los Animales de Laboratorio (FESAHANCCCAL)


Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR)



Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)



Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook



International Council for Laboratory Animal Science



Laboratory Animal Management Association (LAMA)



Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE)



Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals



Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)



Scientist Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW)



Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide)



US Department of Agriculture (USDA)



USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)



USDA Animal Care Policy Manual



USDA Center for Animal Welfare



Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA




Dr. Cisneros has been selected as a participant in the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project Train-the-Trainer Institute (TTI) which will be held August 11-14, 2016, at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, MD.

To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.primr.org/Subpage.aspx?id=10483

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