As the core component of its Land-Grant Institution heritage and mission, Ohio State is deeply committed to excellence in research for the betterment of society. A substantial part of the institution’s research enterprise involves the use of animals. The university’s Animal Care and Use Program provides the ethical framework and mission-critical support necessary for the success of the university’s teaching and research missions.
In addition to standard vivaria support, University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) provides support for dedicated surgery space (>2000 sq. ft.), an imaging facility (MRI, ultrasound, CT, PET, and IVIS), and necropsy.
Dr. Valerie Bergdall, Director, ULAR, is responsible for a uniform comprehensive veterinary care program for all ULAR facilities and oversight for the entire Ohio State biomedical research program. ULAR has five full-time Clinical Veterinarians (Stacey Meeker, Carrie Freed, Judy Hickman-Davis, Bradley Youngblood, Katie Emmer) with responsibility for veterinary care. Animal health technicians provide assistance to the attending veterinarians by triaging ill animals, carrying out treatment plans and monitoring post surgical cases. Currently the ULAR has eleven animal health technicians in the veterinary medical care program. In addition, all veterinarians provide assistance to research personnel and investigators on usage, procurement and general handling and care of animals; review of animal use protocols; monitoring of the occupational health program for employees; supervision of the employees and the day to day activities. Veterinary care is provided by daily rounds of all animal rooms including weekends and holidays conducted by ULAR staff. An Animal Observation Report (AOR) is initiated if an animal is found to be abnormal and forwarded to the animal health technicians or directly to the veterinarian as needed. In most instances, the animal health technicians will do a preliminary examination of the animals and conduct treatments as directed by the area veterinarian.