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, DACLAM
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chair, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

Researcher holding white mouse in tunnel
Monday, January 22, 2018Who Might Benefit from Immunotherapy? Mouse Study Suggests Possible Marker
Based on study conducted in mice with colon cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, and lung cancer, researchers have discovered that PD-L1 in cells within the tumor microenvironment and lymph nodes may matter more than PD-L1 in tumors.
Researcher examines mouse cages
Sunday, January 7, 2018Mouse Models Help Researchers Explore Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Researchers from Michigan Medicine and the University of California San Francisco are using mouse models to explore the important role that the protein PDX1 plays in the development and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Guinea pigs eating hay
Thursday, January 4, 2018Guinea Pigs Play a Crucial Role in the Development of a New Treatment Device to Ease Tinnitus Symptoms
After years of research into the root causes of tinnitus, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new experimental treatment device that uses specially timed auditory and electrical signals, first discovered in guinea pigs, to ease tinnitus symptoms.

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