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Animal research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), is registered as a research facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and has an has an Assurance of Compliance on file with the Public Health Service Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

The Animal Resources Program (ARP) is the service unit that provides care for all animals required in research and teaching programs at UAB and affiliated hospitals.  The ARP operates under the administrative authority of the President of UAB, is directly managed by the UAB Associate Vice President for Research Facilities and Infrastructure, and reports to the UAB Vice President for Research.  The ARP oversees approximately 215,000 square feet of space designated for use or care of laboratory animals. This space is distributed among 17 buildings on campus. Services provided by the ARP include the following:

  • Animal procurement
  • Daily care
  • Quarantine, testing, health surveillance, and veterinary medical care
  • Provision of facilities and personnel for procedures such as surgery, radiography, postoperative care, necropsy, and diet preparation
  • Assuring compliance with animal use laws and policies
  • Assisting with research and teaching programs that use animals