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

Animal technician holds black mouse in clear enrichment tube
Wednesday, July 10, 2019Researchers Look to Mice to Better Understand the Formation of Dangerous Blood Clots
Recent research from Michigan Medicine scientists may help solve the mystery of how to detect and deal with higher-than-usual blood clot risk in patients who have experienced unprovoked venous thromboembolism. The study, done in mice and published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, explores the role of inflammation in the development of deep vein thrombosis.
Researcher looks at brain scans on a handheld tablet
Tuesday, June 25, 2019Mouse Models Help Overcome Challenges to Finding Predictive Biomarkers in Rare Cancers
Using a new approach that combines data from human tumors grown in mice with data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, a team led by University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center researchers has uncovered several previously unknown biomarkers for glioblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor.
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.”

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 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.