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

Male and female scientist in laboratory performing biopsy

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 required for the study, replacing animals with less sentient or non-animal models whenever possible, and refining all practices to provide the best animal welfare 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

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

William King, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Assistant Vice President for Research - Animal Resources
Attending Veterinarian
Executive Director, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
Clinical Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine

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

Veterinarian holds black mouse in laboratory
Thursday, February 22, 2018Mouse Study Could Pave the Way for New Approaches to Treating Obesity
"Whenever you generate mice exhibiting human disease-like phenotypes,” notes study team lead Ling Qi, Ph.D., “you know you are working on something with fundamental importance."
Zebrafish swims in shuttle tank with enrichment items
Friday, February 9, 2018Newly Identified RNA Protein in Zebrafish, Mice Could Serve as a Target for the Development of a New Cancer-Fighting Drug
Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified and characterized a new long noncoding RNA (lncRNA), called THOR, that is expressed in humans, mice, and zebrafish. It’s unusual for this type of RNA to be conserved throughout species like this. The team’s thinking was that if the RNA plays a role in other animals and species besides humans, it must be important.
White rat being held by laboratory animal technician
Sunday, February 4, 2018New Rodent Study Illustrates How Boosting A Key Protein May Help Repair Bone Injuries
A new study, conducted in mice and rats, finds that delivering additional Jagged-1 – a potent osteoinductive protein known to activate the Notch signaling pathway that regulates bone healing – could help jump-start the body’s natural process to repair bone injuries in some patients.


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