Animal Care and Use

Office of Responsible Research Practices

The Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) provides administrative support to the university research community and the review boards responsible for research oversight. ORRP helps investigators obtain committee approvals to do research with animals and assists with the navigation of federal, state, and university regulations governing research in a way that fosters ethical conduct and ensures compliance, while minimizing administrative burdens. Assistance and oversight are provided during the preparation and submission of protocols and throughout the duration of the project. ORRP also supports the operations of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) provides the oversight for animals in university research and instructional activities. The IACUC reviews protocols, reviews the animal care and use program, and monitors university animal facilities to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.

University Laboratory Animal Resources

University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) ensures the humane care and use of animals in biomedical research and teaching and also offers veterinary services. Over 100,000 square feet of animal housing, located in 15 facilities within a 6-mile radius of main campus, accommodates rodents, rabbits, swine, ruminants, dogs, and other species. Off-campus locations include an equine farm as well as aquatic and biomedical facilities. Ohio State’s animal facilities have been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1965.

ULAR staff oversee compliance with federal regulations and guidelines related to animal use and promote the responsible use of animals for the benefit of society. ULAR provides training to investigators and staff engaged in research with animals, maintains policies, oversees animal ordering, and operates facilities devoted to animal research. ULAR’s veterinary staff provides continuing oversight for the overall health and well-being of all animals used in research at Ohio State.

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