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

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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. 


Rebecca Cunningham, MD
Institutional Official
Vice President for Research
William G. Barsan Collegiate Professor of Emergency Medicine

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
Professor of Surgery
Chair, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

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Thursday, June 11, 2020Looking to Mouse, Macaque, and Human Germ Cells for New Insight Into Infertility
Researchers are comparing the way genes are expressed in thousands of sperm-forming cells in mice, macaques, and humans to look for similarities and differences. This comparison provides clues about how sperm has evolved in mammals.
Technician wearing PPE conducts health check on mouse in germ-free facility
Wednesday, April 15, 2020Identical Mice, Different Gut Bacteria, Different Levels of Cancer
A study conducted using U-M's germ-free mouse facility offers new clues about how the composition of the gut microbiome may contribute to the development of colorectal cancer.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020Mouse Model Provides Breakthrough for Potential New Treatment of Rare Childhood Epilepsy
U-M researchers have spent years developing mouse models that would allow for testing new therapies for rare developmental and epileptic encephalopathies resulting from a single genetic mutation. Their research now suggests that SCN8A encephalopathy could be improved with a treatment already approved for other uses.

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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 the Animal Care & Use Office at acuoffice@umich.edu.

If you are a member of the media, or have a media inquiry, please email acu-media@umich.edu or call the Michigan Medicine Department of Communication at (734) 764-2220 and your question will be routed to the appropriate media team member.