Animal Care and Use


VMU Info
Animal Aquisitions & Transfers
VMRF Statement on Animal Research

VMRF supports the use of animals in research for enhancement of human and animal health. Using animals for research purposes is a privilege granted to qualified investigators. VMRF and it's scientists are committed to the highest level of humane care for research animals, and the highest level of ethical standards in conducting biomedical research. Investigators who propose to use animals for research, testing or teaching are required to consider alternatives to animal use and to utilize those alternatives when they can result in sound scientific conclusions. All animal use activities are conducted in accordance with federal, state, VA and VASDHS regulations and guidelines which govern the care and use of laboratory animals.



IACUC Overview
News and Announcements

An Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee responsible for oversight and evaluation of an institution’s animal care and use program. “The goal of each IACUC is to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research, and compliance with guidelines and regulations, while maintaining flexibility to best meet the unique needs of the institution. Active participation by research scientists allows for the scientific needs of research investigators to be considered; participation by nonaffiliated members incorporates a public conscience; and the involvement of veterinarians ensures appropriate medical care and animal well-being.” (Arena/OLAW Guidebook).

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Welcome to the Animal Subjects pages of the VMRF website. Everyone who utilizes animals in research at the VASDHS is required to follow all federal, state and local regulations and policies as well as VA mandates that govern the care and use of laboratory animals. These pages are designed to assist VA/VMRF investigators and technical staff navigate these sometimes confusing rules and regulations. If you have a question related to animal use or animal protocol submission at the VASDHS please contact us at: