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Veterinarians in the Laboratory Animal Medicine Program are clinical faculty in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and are assigned to the University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR). Each are Diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). They are dedicated to providing the University’s research community with the highest quality animal resource to support their research. They promote and assure humane care and use of animals through compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, AAALAC International, and University policies. The services that they provide includes veterinary health and surgical care, technical services, training, and expertise in laboratory animal technology and medicine. They also serve as liaisons between the researcher and the institution and regulatory and accrediting organizations.
Resident Veterinarians work closely with our Faculty Veterinarians to provide services to OSU investigators. Residents are expected to participate in clinical rounds at the OSU vivaria, consult with investigators on the health of their animals, train personnel on animal handling and specific study related medical techniques, review husbandry and management strategies, and assist in IACUC protocol review and meetings.
Laboratory Animal Health Technicians (LAHT) work under the supervision of the Faculty Veterinarians and assist them with all aspects of animal care as part of a team. Many of our LAHTs are AALAS (American Association of Laboratory Animal Science) certified and registered veterinary technicians. They perform daily rounds in ULAR vivariums to ensure that health and humane methods of animal use in assigned protocols is observed. They provide training and technical services for investigators as requested. In addition these technicians provide training to a variety of student outreach programs that are supported by ULAR. This training is essential in providing the student with information on careers in Laboratory Animal Research. By providing these daily services, our Laboratory Animal Health Technicians certify that the animals under their care live their lives in an enriching environment with minimal discomfort or pain. To contact or to view the training and technical services they provide in addition to their daily rounds, please visit the ULAR web site and click on training.
The primary responsibility of the QA Lab is to provide a comprehensive Sentinel program which includes quarterly health surveillance of all rodent colonies in the ULAR vivariums. Other responsibilities include vendor surveillance on all sources of incoming animals, food, and bedding; environmental testing on cage wash, autoclaves, and water sources; diagnostic clinical testing; and assist on Import/Export of rodents with other universities and institutions outside of OSU. Contact e-mail: ularqastaff [at] rf [dot] osu [dot] edu