Laboratory Animal Research Coordinator Certification Program

2022 LARCC graduationThe Laboratory Animal Research Coordinator Certification (LARCC) Program, established in September 2019, provides an opportunity for the University of Michigan research community to engage in the Animal Care & Use (ACU) Program through education and networking.

The 10-week program consists of weekly 4-hour class sessions led by leadership and experts from the ACU Program as well as other supplementary departments.

Upon Program completion, certified Laboratory Animal Research Coordinators (LARCs) are deemed “subject matter experts” and can use their knowledge to facilitate the successful and efficient use of animals in research at the U-M.

Program Benefits

  • Extensive training to boost your compliance knowledge in all aspects of the ACU Program;
  • Forming valuable relationships with ACU Program Leadership and other departmental experts;
  • Learning tips and tricks to streamline administrative processes associated with compliance;
  • Recognition from the University of Michigan and ACU Program Leadership Team; and
  • Exclusive membership to the LARCC Advocacy Committee that works in conjunction with the Animal Care & Use Faculty Advocacy Committee (ACU-FAC

About the Program

LARCC Program Topics Include:

  • The History of Animal Research;
  • Engaging with the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC);
  • Protocol Writing and Review;
  • Animal Research and the Public, with presenters from Media Relations and the U-M Division of Public Safety & Security (DPSS);
  • Engaging with the ULAM Veterinary Team; and
  • Much more!



Day 1

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Boosting Your Compliance Confidence

Day 2

  • A History of Animal Research Compliance and How U-M Satisfies Current Regulations

Day 3

  • A History of Animal Research Compliance and How U-M Satisfies Current Regulations (continued)
  • Where the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) Meets the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
  • The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) Business Office

Day 4

  • Meet Your IACUC
  • Non-Compliance Scenarios
  • Managing an Animal Research Laboratory – A PI's Perspective

Day 5

  • Engaging with the Animal Care & Use Program's Veterinary Team
  • Compassion Awareness Project

Day 6

  • The Animal Care & Use Protocol: Submission to Approval

Day 7

  • Protecting Yourself from Laboratory Hazards

Day 8

  • The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine

Day 9

  • ULAM Training Core & Technical Services
  • Managing Controlled Substances Used for Research

Day 10

  • Animal Research & the General Public

What LARCC Participants Are Saying

Quotes from 2019 LARCC Program participants

Program Participants

Sara Aton Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Maria Beamer Pediatric Rheumatology
Peter (Zhengyi) Cao Michigan Nanotechnology Institute
Carina Castellanos Psychology
Madison Clausen Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Traci Cramer Emergency Medicine
Jen Delproposto Pediatric Pulmonary
Caroline Foster Rheumatology Biobank
Margaret Gaca ULAM Training Core
Varsha Ganesan Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center
Madison Harmon Animal Care & Use Office 
Stace Kernodle Surgery
Amy Krans Neurology
Nicole Migotsky Orthopaedic Surgery
Zade Moore Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Patrick Robichaud Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes
Karla Salgado Puga Psychology
Anne Scruggs Internal Medicine – Pulmonary/Critical Care
Ngai So Internal Medicine
Jennifer Speth Internal Medicine – Pulmonary/Critical Care
Jonah-Isabella Sta-Monica Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Zhuwen Wang Radiation Oncology
Liping Zhang General Surgery
Iyabode Ajayi Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Marie Anderson Otolaryngology
Timothy Cha Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Ashley Cornett Biomedical Engineering
Madeliene Granillo Psychology
Marisa Hildebrandt Dermatology
Amanda Huber Radiation Oncology
Ryan Lash Neurology
Kristin Lee Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Kelsey Martin Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Enisa Muhaxhiri Neurology
Michael Newstead Internal Medicine – Pulmonary/Critical Care
Diana Rigan Neurology
Claudia Saveski Pharmacology
Abigail Tomlinson Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes
Kimberly Vendrov Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases
Kristy Warner Dental Cariology, Restorative Sciences & Endodontics
Kari Wilder-Romans Radiation Oncology
Zhongying Yang Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Carol Davis Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Trisha Duval ULAM – Germ-Free Mouse Facility
Carlos Espinoza Surgery Research
Leonor Floran Garduno Anesthesiology
Diana Flores-Diaz Internal Medicine – Hematology/Oncology
Nick Greer Emergency Medicine
Erin Gruley Emergency Medicine
Kathy Ignatoski Surgery
Taocong Jin Dentistry
Karen Kessell Orthopaedic Surgery
Faye Mendelson Neurology
Jana Moon Plastic Surgery/Orthopaedic Surgery
Pamela Patterson Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Carole Quesada Radiology
Andrew Rasky Pathology
Kelli Rule Surgery
Natalie Walker Pulmonary/Critical Care
Joshua West Pharmacology
Jifeng Zhang Internal Medicine – Cardiovascular Medicine
Kiril Chtraklin General Surgery
Nicole Falkowski Pulmonary Medicine
Sara Grove Surgery, Immunology & Biology
Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna Internal Medicine – Cardiovascular Medicine
Heather Hager Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Pam Lincoln Pathology
Cathy Luke Vascular Surgery
Brandon Luma Psychology
Brendan McCracken Emergency Medicine
Bonnie Brooker-Nolan Orthopaedic Surgery
Mary Norat Anesthesiology
Dilip Pawar Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Sara Smith Micrology & Immunology
Jenelle Stauff Radiology
Rachel Stephenson Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Shannon VanAken Emergency Medicine
Shuang Wei Surgery, Immunology & Biology
Savannah Williams Life Sciences Institute
Libby Ziemke Radiology


To learn more about the LARCC Program, please contact the Quality Assurance (QA) Team in the Animal Care & Use Office at