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Animal Care & Use

The PEERRS version of the Orientation to the Care & Use of Animals research compliance course was inactivated on June 6, 2016.  

ULAM offers all required and elective animal care & use compliance training. See the ULAM Training web page for information.

The University of Michigan's Animal Care & Use Program (ACUP) fosters and oversees the responsible and humane care and justified use of animals used in research and instruction at the university.

About the Animal Care and Use Program 

The Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) is responsible for implementing and upholding the federal policies and guidelines specified by the the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); as well as guidelines specified by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC, Intl.). At the University of Michigan, two units fulfill this function.

1.  Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) is the university compliance body responsible for the following and more:

  • University policy for the humane use and care of animals in instruction and research
  • Animal use protocol review and approval
  • Facilities oversight
  • Compliance monitoring, evaluation, and oversight for the program

The Animal Care & Use Office (ACUO) reports to the University of Michigan Vice President for Research.

2.  Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) provides services for the following and more:

  • Laboratory animal procurement and care
  • Veterinary care
  • Personnel training
  • Compliance monitoring and oversight related to their services

ULAM is a part of Michigan Medicine / U-M Medical School. 

These units work in conjunction to educate, train, and assist U-M investigators and study teams to comply with the federal laws and university regulations.  See the Animal Care & Use Program website for complete policies, procedures, and process information.

Researcher Roles & Responsibilities

As a U-M researcher you are responsible for:

  • Following the federal and university policies and procedures that guide the humane care and use of animals in research and education
  • Applying for UCUCA approval through the eResearch Animal Use Application 
  • Assuring that students, staff, and faculty on the project are qualified or will be trained to conduct the project in a humane and scientific manner
  • Maintaining training records for protocol-specific procedures for all students, staff, and faculty on the project

See the Animal Care & Use Program website for more information on the faculty, student, and staff roles and responsibilities.



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