IMPORTANT UPDATES - JUNE 1, 2020: Animal Research Restart information is available. For research-related updates, visit

Our Mission

Rutgers shares, with the public at large, a concern for the ethical use of animals in research and is firmly committed to discoveries that will lead to the treatment and cure of diseases and injuries. Once it is determined that alternative methods such as cell culture and computer models cannot be used, a conscious decision is made to use laboratory animals in research as it is that both animals and humans are the ultimate beneficiaries. Animal Care program works closely with the Rutgers Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) to provide the highest quality animal care and veterinary oversight of our research animals in support of this commitment to humane animal research.

Comprehensive Animal Care 

We provide a comprehensive program of animal care including protocol review, a duly-constituted animal care committee, occupational health and laboratory safety, and full-time veterinary care.

  • Animal research projects are supported by an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), a safety program under the direction of Rutgers Environmental and Health Safety (REHS), and a comprehensive program of occupational health for animal workers.
  • Rutgers animal facilities are USDA-registered and accredited by AAALACi, an association widely recognized for its standards of excellence in laboratory animal care.
  • As an accredited facility, Rutgers complies with all requirements of the Animal Welfare Act & PHS Policy on Humane Care of use of Laboratory Animals.  Rutgers has an Animal Welfare Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), a requirement for conducting any PHS/NIH - funded animal work.