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The Animal Care Program operates under the Office of Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research. The Provost (Dr. William Free) is the Institutional Official.

To fulfill the requirement of Animal Welfare Act 9CFR parts 1, 2 and 3, Institutional official is legally responsible to meet budgetary needs of the animal research facility according to the standards mandated by Act . PHS Policy 2.1.1 mandates  sustained and visible support from Institutional Official is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in establishing and maintaining a high quality animal care and use program. A high priority for animal care and use requirements on the Part of Institutional Official can result in direct benefits in terms of resource availability as needed in many critically important indirect benefits, for example a rapid response to facility by Facility Engineers.

The Director of the Animal Care program (ACP), Dr. Hashmi has the principal administrative responsibility for the University of Toledo's animal care and use activities, and provides direction for all aspects of laboratory animal care including policy development, needs assessment, long range facilities planning, and compliance with Federal, State and University animal related regulations. The Director provides professional direction and guidance for all laboratory animal related activities for the University and directs veterinary and husbandry programs through the Attending Veterinarian. The Attending Veterinarian (AV) administers the Program of Veterinary Care (PVC) in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Public Health Services (PHS) policy for the humane care and use of laboratory animals.

Useful Links

Animal Welfare Institute
Ohio Scientific, Educational and Research Association
Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing
Animal and Plant Inspection Service
Animal Welfare Information Center
Animal Care
Animal DNA Testing Lab
Environmental Enrichment for captive animals
Environmental Enrichment for Lab. animals
Scientists Center for Animal Welfare


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The Jackson Laboratory
Laboratory Primates Newsletter
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