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. 

Regards,

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

Illustration of mouse looking at peanut
Sunday, April 15, 2018U-M Researchers Have Developed A New Vaccine That Suppresses Peanut Allergies in Mice
After nearly two decades spent developing a vaccine agent, U-M researchers have translated this work to the development of a vaccine to treat food allergies. In their new study, the team demonstrates that this vaccine may successfully turn off peanut allergy in mice by altering the immune cell response to peanut exposure.
Dr. Robert Bartlett with a patient and family
Tuesday, April 10, 2018Animal Model, ECMO Technology Used to Help Develop Innovative Artificial Placenta
Using an animal model, U-M researchers are making progress on an extraordinary new artificial womb technology that could one day revolutionize the care of premature infants.
Anteroposterior (AP) x-ray shows signs of non-encapsulated pulmonary cryptococcosis in a human patient infected with Cryptococcus sp. fungal organisms.
Thursday, March 15, 2018Mouse Model Helps Researchers Examine Specific Mechanisms Underlying Cryptococcal Disease
The results obtained from this animal study may provide important guidance for the development and use of anti-inflammatory therapies to minimize central nervous system injury in patients with severe cryptococcal infections, a major source of illness in people with HIV and AIDS.

Questions?

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