Veterinary Care

Clinical Medicine Program

Every animal involved in biomedical research at Ohio State is observed daily. The observation process is coordinated by laboratory animal health technicians who work directly with the laboratory animal medicine residents and clinical veterinarians.

Health concerns are first directed to the ULAR clinical veterinarian and then to the principal investigator of the research project for which there are concerns. ULAR will work with the investigator to develop a treatment plan that is in the best interests of the animal(s), without compromising the goals of the project. The treatment plan must ensure regulatory compliance.

Diagnostic Lab

Health surveillance within the rodent animal facilities is provided via a sentinel program, vendor reports, and environmental testing.

The Diagnostic Lab also coordinates the importation and quarantine of animals from non-approved sources (i.e., other universities or vendors without dedicated shippers), provides communication and health reports, and coordinates shipping of rodents to universities and institutions outside of Ohio State.

Additional information about the Rodent Colony Health Assessment Program is available here.

Surgery Program

ULAR’s Experimental Surgery Core is located in Wiseman Hall and consists of a full-time staff of veterinary technicians, state-of-the-art operating rooms, and associated support areas (pharmacy, prep, and post-op recovery). Extensive surgical support equipment, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and laparoscopic setups, is available for use in the suite. A variety of animals (pigs, dogs, rabbits, and sheep) are routinely used for surgical animal models of heart failure, wound healing, GI disease, etc.

In addition, the core supports an extensive training program for health professionals from all over the world.

Additional information regarding Surgery and Technical Services is available here.

Training Program

Instruction is available for research and ULAR staff alike. Animal use orientation classes are mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Additional training classes on animal handling and technical procedures are also offered.

In addition, the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), through its technician training program, offers training to ULAR staff that allows for certification at the following levels: ALAT, LAT, LATg, and CMAR.

Additional information on training programs for investigators and research staff is available here.