Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)
~Providing compassionate animal care for the advancement of education and science~
The University of Maryland-College Park animal care and use program provides a humane and compliant environment for all animals involved in research, teaching and testing activities. This program is overseen by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Veterinary care and other aspects of this program are managed by the University Attending Veterinarian, who also serves as the Director, Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR).
Reporting to the Vice President for Research, the DLAR team is composed of animal care technicians and veterinarians with specialty training and certifications specific to laboratory animal medicine and care, as well as dedicated administrative support staff.
DLAR provides the expertise, care and resources necessary to ensure the welfare of university animals through humane care and use. The UMD Animal Care and Use Program has been fully accredited by AAALAC, International since 2011.
DLAR services include routine and emergency animal care, animal procurement, housing, veterinary care, assistance procuring consumable supplies and medications, investigator training, assistance with experimental design, and, if resources are available, may include technical support for research protocols. In addition, DLAR assists in the development of IACUC protocols, including professional pre-review and veterinary consultation for protocols and amendments.
DLAR maintains research support resources (such as anesthesia and monitoring equipment, a dedicated surgical suite, procedure rooms, etc.) for investigator use. Resources must be reserved in advance; contact the DLAR trainer for assistance. DLAR also manages the new, state-of-the-art DLAR Imaging Core (DLARIC). This bioimaging core offers an array of cutting-edge in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro tissue and animal imaging modalities.
Further information on available services and research support resources may be found elsewhere on the DLAR website or by contacting DLAR (link sends e-mail).
Dept. of Laboratory Animal Resources
8278 Paint Branch Drive
College Park, MD 20742-0001
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday