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Animal Use

The proper care of laboratory animals involves attending to a range of physical and mental needs. This includes providing clean, appropriately lighted and well-ventilated housing, the ability to exercise, proper feeding, and veterinary health care.

From life-saving drugs and vaccines, advancements in organ transplantation, and cancer therapies, it is difficult to overstate the important role that animals have, and continue to play, in the development of scientific breakthroughs to benefit both human and animal health.

These scientific advancements would not be possible without our collective commitment to the highest animal welfare standards in the conduct of research, training, and instruction.

Animal care and use at the University of Michigan is comprised of many important components:

Animal Ordering & Acquisition

Ordering animals through the appropriate channels is critical to ensuring that projects get off to the right start. Learn more about proper animal ordering and acquisition by reviewing the Animal Ordering & Acquisition page.

Transporting Animals

Whether receiving animals from an approved vendor or transferring animals from another institution, the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) provides a multitude of facilities, equipment, and services to assist with proper animal transport.

Veterinary Care & Consultation

A team of highly skilled, licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians conduct daily observations to ensure and protect the proper health and well-being of all animals in University facilities. This includes clinical diagnosis, physical examinations, and laboratory tests to initiate proper treatment on an as-needed basis.

Animal Husbandry & Housing

ULAM’s certified animal technicians provide a wide array of animal husbandry and housing services to U-M investigators, including cage changing, daily food, water, and health checks, cleaning and maintenance of animal rooms, monitoring of cage/room environmental conditions, and more.

Animal Use & Occupational Safety

The University is committed to the safety and security of our program personnel, and to all animals under our care. Although minimal, there are some hazards associated with working around, and with, animals. Visit the Animal Use & Occupational Safety page for information on how we work to eliminate and manage these associated risks.

Animal Enrichment

The U-M is home to one of the nation’s first programs dedicated to optimizing biomedical research efforts through improved animal well-being by understanding the animal’s lived experience and the scientific results. Learn more about these efforts by visiting the Refinement & Enrichment Advancements Laboratory page.

More information about facilities and housing access can be found on the Facilities & Systems Access page. Details about fee-for-service research support services, including our germ-free mouse facility and animal surgery operating rooms, are available on the Services page.

Requesting Veterinary Care

Monday – Friday
6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Call ULAM at
(734) 936-1037

Monday – Friday
5:00 PM – 6:00 AM
Call DPSS at
(734) 763-1131

Weekends & Holidays
Contact the on-site
Veterinary Technician
at (734) 936-1037

Obtaining Veterinary Care

Related A-Z Documents


Policy on Counting Animals Produced

This policy outlines the expectations for counting animals produced. An accurate animal count is required to fulfill federal obligations for reporting animal numbers and to ensure compliance with Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee ( IACUC ) approved protocols.


Policy On Analgesia in Animals Undergoing Surgery

This policy has been created to minimize pain and distress to animals undergoing surgical procedures for research, teaching and testing by providing the minimum analgesic duration that is acceptable for various surgical procedures.


Policy on the Restraint of Research Animals

This policy outlines the IACUCs expectations for the use of devices for physically restraining animals, defines “prolonged physical restraint”, and is intended to ensure that the use of devices for prolonged physical restraint is essential for achieving research objectives and that the period of restraint is the minimum required to accomplish the research objectives.


Guidelines on Administration of Substances to Laboratory Animals

This document is designed to provide general guidelines about administration of substances to laboratory animals. All procedures must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC). The route of administration, intervals between substance administration, dose range, and volume to be administered should be listed in the approved protocol specific to each study.


Guidelines on Experimental Food or Water Restriction or Manipulation in Laboratory Animals

Food and water restriction can be an important and commonly used research tool in many experimental studies. This restriction has the potential to adversely affect an animal’s well-being. In keeping within federal and university guidelines, and policies to minimize pain, distress and discomfort of animals used in research, the following guidelines have been developed for implementing food or water restriction or manipulation in experimental studies involving animals. Pre-anesthetic fasting (…


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