University Committee on Animal Resources

University Committee on Animal Resources (UCAR)

What's New

Upcoming:  IACUC 101/201 on October 1 & 2, 2014 -

Rules, Regulations and UCAR—what are they asking us to do NOW?

Have you always wanted to ask questions of our regulatory and accrediting agencies?  Well,  USDA, OLAW and AAALAC will be part of IACUC 101 & 201 Rochester on Oct 1 & 2.  UCAR is co-hosting IACUC 101/201 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown Rochester!  Excited?

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 201: Beyond Basics is highly interactive advanced program that builds upon the fundamentals learned in IACUC 101, applying them to the process and mechanisms of ensuring compliance. The program includes six workshops delivered to three audience tracks based on IACUC role, responsibility, and interests.

Learn more at IACUC 101.

May 12, 2014 - The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC Int.) triennial visit is scheduled for June 17-19, 2014.

AAALAC International

Are you ready for the AAALAC Int. site visit? The visit is four weeks away. The U of R's Animal Care and Use Program has been accredited since 1966. Continued accreditation is important for all of us working with laboratory animals at the University of Rochester.

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

More information will be distributed to the research community in the UCAR Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact UCAR at (585) 275-1693.

April 24, 2012 - Online Modification to Add Staff form

In order to go "green," UCAR has tested an online Modification to Add Staff Form with several research laboratories. The process has gone well.

We now would like to launch the online form. Go to the SharePoint link at UCAR Modification to Add Faculty, Staff and Students..

Fill out the form completely and click OK at the bottom of the page – if any necessary information is missing, you will not be able to submit. There is no need to print out or send anything else to the UCAR office. Once approved, you will receive an approval email just as you have in the past. Training must be completed in 30 days.

If you have difficulty logging in, send an email If you have any questions, please contact the UCAR Office at (585) 275-1693.

December 2, 2011 - News from NIH

Adoption and Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

The NIH has issued a Federal Register Notice announcing its adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (Guide) effective January 1, 2012. The notice:

  • Provides the adoption and implementation plan for the 8th Edition of the Guide;
  • Provides Position Statements to clarify how the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) expects Assured institutions to implement the Guide and announces a comment period for the public to comment on their understanding of the Position Statements; and
  • Announces that public comments on the 8th Edition of the Guide collected in Spring 2011 and OLAW’s analysis of those comments are available on the OLAW website.

OLAW has developed the Adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition webpage that provides the Position Statements (with links to comment), resources for implementing the Guide, and listing of public comments on adoption of the Guide all in one location.

For questions, suggestions or comments, email to