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 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

Zebrafish facility at the University of Michigan
Friday, August 4, 2017Retinal Repair Through a Fish-Eye Lens
Some animals are able to regrow tissues lost to injury or disease. Zebrafish do this in their retinas, which are remarkably similar to our own. So do humans also have these tools to repair a diseased retina? If so, what are they?
Black laboratory mouse
Friday, August 4, 2017Study Done in Mice Could Offer Key to Stopping Clostridium Difficile
Researchers from the U-M Medical School and the FDA have published a new study that shows the key role of excess gut calcium in awakening C. diff spores; a discovery that could ultimately lead to better patient treatment.
Researcher holding brown mouse
Wednesday, April 26, 2017New Mouse Model Aims to Find Novel Therapies to Prevent Chronic Lung Transplant Rejection
A team of U-M researchers has developed a novel mouse lung transplant model of chronic rejection to test if two new therapeutic treatments would decrease the scarring process in lung transplant 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