Animal Care and Use Program

Animal Care and Use program is overseen by Comparative Medicine Resources (CMR) who provides the care and veterinary oversight of vertebrate animals used in research, testing and teaching for all campuses of Rutgers University. Our goal is to ensure the health and well-being of animals and humans through training, education, research, and collaborative and interdisciplinary studies in a collegial, respectful work environment.

Our program is managed and operated in compliance with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Welfare Act Regulations. The university is accredited by AAALACi.  All CMR policies and procedures comply with the recommendations of the most recent editions of the Animal Welfare Act regulations, “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” and the “Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching”.

The CMR staff is composed of animal care technicians, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians with specialty training and certifications specific to laboratory animal medicine and care. CMR employees are committed to providing an exemplary animal care and use program. This includes assuring the humane care and use of animals through quality veterinary oversight, husbandry, social housing and environmental enrichment; facilitating campus research and instructional programs through collaboration, consultation, training, and the provision of professional technical and clinical services; maintaining compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations, and upholding the University’s academic mission, research agenda and commitment to public health and service.