Animal Subjects

Take home message: Animal use at U-M requires prior approval from the University Committee on Use and Care of Animals (UCUCA). There is also mandatory training for all those who use animals in research, teaching (or instruction) and testing, which includes training about federal and state regulatory requirements.

U-M Policy and helpful links

Things to remember

  • Any animal use, whether for research, testing or teaching/instruction purposes, must be approved in advance, by the University Committee on Use and Care of Animals (UCUCA). The ordering and transportation of animals should be handled through the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), who can also help you develop your animal care and use protocols.
  • Failure to obtain approval for an animal use project can compromise your ability to publish research findings, affect grant funding, and even lead to professional disciplinary action or being barred from conducting further animal research.
  • You can find a great set of links on the OVPR’s Animal Research at U-M: Resources page – including links to the key U-M departments involved in animal care and use; the relevant federal agencies, regulations and guidance documents; and other external organizations involved in animal issues.
  • UCUCA approval may not be the ONLY approval required for animal research – if your project involves humans, drugs, radiation, tissue, biomedical devices or a range of other technologies or agents, you may need to get additional approval. See the Research Compliance Overview for a checklist of issues requiring special consideration or approval.

People to talk to

For assistance or advice regarding laboratory animal care and use, contact the University Committee on Use and Care of Animals (UCUCA) Office by calling (734) 763-8028 or emailing UCUCA.

If you want to report an allegation of misuse, maltreatment or non-compliance concerning animals, you can call the Animal Concern Hotline on (734) 763-8028, or submit a report online: see the process outlined on the OVPR Animal Research at U-M site.

For legal assistance or advice relating to animal subjects, contact Kara Morgenstern in the Office of the General Counsel.


Established 3/4/11, last updated 2/22/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated.