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.
- The University Policy Statement on Animal Research enunciates U-M’s commitment to humane and ethical treatment of animals used in research, instruction or testing.
- The Vice President for Research is the institutional official responsible for ensuring that animal use in research on campus is conducted according to federal, state and university rules and regulations. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) maintains an Animal Research at U-M site, with current information and resources relating to the use of animals for academic purposes. The Resources section of that site contains links to U-M policies, committees and experts, as well as government agencies and independent groups with an interest in animal research and use.
- The University Committee on Use and Care of Animals (UCUCA) oversees and promotes the responsible and humane care and justified use of animals in research and education at U-M. This includes providing supervision, coordination, and review of every project proposed to include the use of animals.
- The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) provides veterinary care to all animals used on campus. They maintain the standard procedures and guidelines for animal use at U-M, and also manage the ordering/procurement and transportation of animals for U-M.
- U-M is mandated by federal regulations to provide a program for the education and training of all U-M personnel involved in the care or use of animals. You must be trained in the proper methods and techniques before beginning any procedures involving the use of animals: see the UCUCA website for information about training. See also the PEERRS online introduction to animal research.
- 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.
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.
Established 3/4/11, last updated 2/22/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated.