The MVZ has several preparation labs that are outfitted for dissection and preparation of many kinds of animals. On the first floor of the building, we have a large lab with ample space for preparing specimen skins and skeletons, a large climate-controlled chamber for our dermestid beetle colony (used for cleaning the skeletons), a walk-in cold room and walk-in -20ºC freezer, and a room for field equipment. This facility also has basic tools for construction of boxes, drilling holes in tags, etc. Access is only through the manager of the lab, Jim McGuire, or one of the Curators. There are opportunities for researchers and students to gain hands-on experience working in this lab under direct supervision of the manager or a Curator.
On the main floor of the Museum, there is a chest -20ºC freezer and a wet lab for preparation of fluid preserved specimens. This room is outfitted with a fume hood, alcohol storage cabinets, dissection equipment, liquid nitrogen tank for flash freezing of tissue, microscopes and the herp taxonomic book library.