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

Brown laboratory mouse in nesting material
Wednesday, October 11, 2017From Urine Output to Disease, Mouse Study Shows Importance of Hormone Quality Control
Discovering a puddle of mouse urine seems like a strange scientific “eureka” moment. But for one research team, it’s exactly what led to a new discovery.
Black laboratory mice in nesting material
Thursday, September 14, 2017Mouse Study Explores Why the Elderly Are More Susceptible to Viral Lung Infections
New study conducted by U-M, Yale researchers underscores the importance and relevance of the mouse for studying influenza with aging.
Mouse in nesting material
Monday, August 28, 2017Mouse Model May Offer Clues on How To Treat the Most Common Cause of Childhood Deafness
A high-dose antioxidant regimen helps slow one type of genetic hearing loss in mice. Researchers hope to learn whether it could someday be used to treat the most common cause of childhood deafness.


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