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

Researcher donning green gloves holds small black mouse
Monday, July 30, 2018Mice Help Researchers Uncover Intricate Cellular Process Critical to Small Intestine Development
More than 40 percent of our small intestine develops before we are even born. But problems with this process in utero can result in a rare but deadly condition known as congenital short bowel syndrome. A new Michigan Medicine study conducted with mice has helped researchers uncover the surprising sequence of cellular events responsible for proper development of the small intestine.
Lab personnel holds white rat
Monday, July 23, 2018New Rat Study May Provide Important Clues for Outsmarting Obesity
Researchers have found that obesity-prone rats respond more strongly to food-related cues, including specific changes in cells of the same brain area linked to addiction. The model, researchers say, can be used to figure out the neural and psychological differences that drive overeating before obesity sets in — a huge step to improve obesity prevention.
Illustration depicts scarring from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Monday, June 4, 2018Mouse Model Aids in Discovery of New Treatment Options for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Successfully tested in mice, targeted drug and gene therapies might one day benefit patients with a deadly lung disease, new U-M research finds.

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