Animal Care

  The University of South Carolina (USC) promotes excellence in all aspects of its research programs. This includes upholding the highest standards in the ethical treatment and responsible use of animals on its campuses.

To this end, the animal care and use program at USC 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 holds an approved Assurance of Compliance from the Public Health Service’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

The Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) is the service department that provides veterinary care and husbandry for all animals used in research at USC. The DLAR is managed by the Attending Veterinarian and reports to the Vice President for Research. Services provided by the DLAR include the following.

  • animal procurement
  • daily care and husbandry
  • quarantine, testing, health surveillance, and veterinary medical care
  • provision of facilities and personnel for procedures such as surgery, postoperative care, necropsy
  • training researchers on the proper care and use of animals
  • assuring compliance with animal use laws and policies
  • assisting with research programs that use animals


AALAS - University Animal Use Training Program
TOPAZ - To submit an animal use protocol or place an animal order
ILAR Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals - Provides standards for care and use of live, vertebrate animals in laboratory research.
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare - Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience & Behavioral Research can be accessed here.
NIH: Public Health Service Policy
AVMA Panel on Euthanasia
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