Laboratory Animal Resources - ISU Office of the Vice President for Research

Laboratory Animal Resources

The mission of Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) is to enhance research and teaching excellence by providing quality animal care.

The LAR team is composed of animal care technicians and veterinarians with specialty training and certifications specific to laboratory animal medicine and care. LAR employees are committed to 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 provision of professional technical and clinical services;
  • reducing experimental variables due to stress and disease;
  • maintaining compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and;
  • upholding the University’s academic and research missions.
LAR 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 ISU Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Human Sciences are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC).  All LAR policies and procedures adhere to the recommendations of the 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 care of animals in LAR managed facilities is overseen by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). ISU faculty and staff are required to obtain IACUC approval for these activities regardless of where the animals are maintained and/or the project is carried out.
ISU faculty and staff are encouraged to contact LAR during the planning of projects that will involve the use of LAR managed facilities and during the course of their projects to obtain services and information.


LAR comprises one part of Iowa State University’s overarching Animal Care and Use Program and works closely with its program partners and the Institutional Official to assure that its components of the program are appropriately administered. For more detailed information about the Animal Care and Use Program, click on the links below:

Laboratory Animal Resources, 1426 Vet Med, Ames, IA 50011-1250
Phone 515-294-8507, Fax 515-294-1740,
**LAR Emergency On-Call Veterinarian 515-290-3012**
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