Our Mission

The Animal Care & Use Program fosters a culture of excellence, compassion, and adherence to the highest standards of animal welfare in the conduct of research, testing, and teaching at the University of Michigan.

A Message from Our Leadership

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For decades, laboratory animals have been essential to almost every major advance in human and animal medicine. The University of Michigan community is committed to the highest standards of excellent and humane care in the use of these animals in its research, and we believe that this commitment is central to the rigor and impact of our work.

Our approach goes beyond strict adherence to all required guidelines. In addition, we embrace the principles known as “the three Rs”: reducing the number of animals used to the minimum necessary, replacing animals with other options whenever possible, and refining practices to ensure the most humane conditions and procedures possible.

Our Program comprises three units that support our campus-wide research community and ensure our collective commitment to the welfare of all animals under our care:

Through projects and training activities that span a wide variety of fields, including medicine, dentistry, natural resources and the environment, engineering, public health, and kinesiology, scientific and medical knowledge developed through animal research has saved countless lives and improved health outcomes for both humans and animals.

Some examples of life-changing research projects and teaching programs at the University of Michigan are highlighted in the stories below. 


S. Jack Hu, PhD
Vice President for Research
Professor of Engineering
Institutional Official

Melissa Dyson, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Interim Attending Veterinarian
Interim Director, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
Associate Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine

William Greer, BS, CPIA, LAT, CM
Assistant Vice President - Animal Program Compliance Oversight
Director, Animal Care & Use Office

Daniel D. Myers, DVM, DACLAM
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chair, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

Two black mice play in clear tunnel with nesting material
Monday, November 27, 2017Mouse Model Demonstrates How Synthetic Hydrogels Stimulate Real-Life Intestinal Healing
The early successes of engineered polymeric materials known as hydrogels in animal models represent a new way to heal intestinal damage — a process that one day might be applied to other injured organs.
Laboratory personnel holds small brown mouse
Friday, November 10, 2017Animal Model Offers New Hope for Tackling Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Using an animal model, U-M researchers have found that a novel drug combination disrupts multiple factors in an aggressive type of breast cancer.
Female researcher looks into microscope in laboratory
Friday, October 27, 2017Examining Sepsis: Could a Large Animal Model Unravel the Disease?
New research using a large animal model hopes to uncover new diagnostic and resuscitative strategies for this difficult-to-treat condition.


As a public institution and an accredited site for animal use, we are open to inquiries, reports of concern, or other communications from within and beyond the U-M. Questions about the care and use of laboratory animals at the University of Michigan should be directed to acuoffice@umich.edu