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,

Rebecca Cunningham, MD
Institutional Official
Interim Vice President for Research
Director, U-M Injury Prevention Center
Professor, 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
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chair, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee

Monday, June 10, 2019Why Do Women Get Autoimmune Diseases Far More Often Than Men? Transgenic Mouse Study Suggests a Root Cause and Target for New Treatments
“Many patients are frustrated that they’ve had to try multiple therapies and still nothing is working well,” Allison Billi, M.D., Ph.D., says. “To be able to tell them that we’re working on a mouse that has the same disease as them, and that we need their help, brings out their motivation and interest in research.”
Male patient receives care in the BMT Adult Clinic
Wednesday, May 29, 2019New Research in Mice Could Lead to Better Treatment, Repair of Liver Damage
U-M researchers have discovered that the enzyme CPS1 can spur the body to prevent or repair acute liver injury in mice, which could be harnessed as a therapy or used as a biomarker to treat patients with liver damage.
Black mice play in cardboard tube
Monday, April 29, 2019Mice Aid in Exploration of Targeted New Approach to Treat Blood Clotting in Patients with APS
A new multi-year, multi-disciplinary study examining Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) at the cellular level has found that two drugs reduced the development of blood clots in mice affected with the condition.

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