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The Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) supports all aspects of teaching, testing and research which require the use of animals. Animal resource facilities are operated in compliance with:
- Animal Welfare Act and its amendments (Public Law 89-544)
- Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Public Law 99-158)
- U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training
- Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Periodic inspections of facilities and the Animal Care and Use Program are conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The UTHSCSA Animal Care and Use Program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
UTHSCSA maintains an Animal Welfare Assurance with the PHS Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.
In assuring that both the letter and the spirit of the regulatory requirements are met, the DLAR provides a contemporary program of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care which includes:
- State-of-the-art husbandry, veterinary care, and management support of colony animals
- Routine health surveillance / quality assurance of vendor and colony-produced animals
- Medical, surgical and pathology support of clinical and research subjects
- High level research support including assistance with experimental surgery, anesthesia, and post-surgical care
- Training of faculty and staff in the handling, humane care, and manipulation of research animals
- Consultation, collaboration, and professional assistance in animal model development
- Participation in the review process of the Application for the Use of Laboratory Animals
- Acquisition of grants, contracts, and external programs